• By ‘No Federal Control’ We Mean ‘Yes, Federal Control’
    Why, that’s exactly what libertarians think! When contemplating policy, we’ve given no consideration to whether individuals will overall make better decisions than special-interest dominated government, or looked at the empirical evidence that education is better the more decentralized control is, or considered the value of freedom in society, or anything like that. We’re just mindlessly wedded to liberty and don’t care who gets hurt.
  • Senator Hagan introduces bill to turn around worst schools: Can it work?
    Sen. Kay Hagan (D) of North Carolina announced the School Turnaround and Rewards (STAR) The STAR Act addresses just one part of the massive federal accountability law. It would distribute money to states yearly, and they would distribute it to districts that have competed for grants to turn around schools that rank in the lowest 5 percent statewide. They would be required to implement one of these four strategies:
  • Taking the “right” out of civil rights
    The last time I checked, no one was forced, or assigned to a charter school- in fact all operate through open enrollment (i.e. choice) and, if necessary, random lotteries- and consequently are the antithesis of “segregationist” institutions. Cut the malarkey UCLA, you’re fooling no one. Most charter schools mirror the population of their district. And contrary to what even charter proponents have found themselves convinced to say lately, most charters ARE succeeding.
  • Keep teachers for quality, not seniority
    When times are tough, as they are now, and schools need to reduce their teacher rolls, the importance of teachers in our children’s education demands that we keep the best. Research shows there is not a single school-based factor that has more of an impact on student learning than the quality of a child’s teacher — not computer labs, new gyms or even smaller classes. There’s still time to pass legislation to save great teachers. Our children deserve the best — including the best teachers.
  • Tennessee’s State-Controlled School District Puts Reform to the Test
    “A lot of [school] networks are trying to prove that the success we were having five or ten years ago can happen at a larger scale,” said Barbic, who added that he will broaden the scope of his management style. “The scale for the special district is significantly larger. That’s the challenge that has gotten me excited: to prove we can do this.”

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