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December 1, 2015
Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook November 29, 2015 Conservative reformers have had major successes, notably on welfare in 1996. But when a reform doesn’t turn out as hoped, they need to adapt. A case in point is No Child Left Behind, which the GOP Congress is now preparing to leave behind. This week the […] Read more »
November 17, 2015
by Robert Reiss Forbes November 17, 2015 Pretty much everyone in America agrees on the importance of our education system. And yet, consider these numbers: America spends $810 billion annually on our school systems and still we are in 17th place in reading and 32nd place in math globally. Shouldn’t that be unacceptable to us? In an […] Read more »
November 11, 2015
One of the most prevalent education reforms will soon turn 25. Started in 1991 to disrupt what was considered the traditional school districts’ exclusive franchise over education, charter schools broke philosophical ground by uniting people on both sides of the political aisle. The goal of charter schools was to make public education more responsive to the individual needs of its students, more nimble in facing ever-evolving issues, and more innovative in discovering solutions to complex problems. Read more »
September 8, 2015
A court rejects a voter-passed charter law in Washington state. Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook September 7, 2015 Eight new charter schools in Washington state opened this fall, but on Friday the state Supreme Court delivered a grim surprise by overturning the state’s charter law. Welcome back to the public school monopoly, kids. The […] Read more »
August 25, 2015
by Karl Dean The Tennessean August 24, 2015 “When is enough enough?” That question was posed during the Metro school board’s meeting Tuesday night before the board voted to deny KIPP Nashville’s charter applications – applications that were recommended for approval by the district’s charter review committee. It’s a question worth considering. When will we […] Read more »
June 23, 2015
As someone who has spent more than three decades working in both public and private sectors to improve the lives of Florida's families, it's impossible for me to sit idly and let rhetoric trump reality in recent Sun Sentinel coverage of the Palm Beach School District's war on charter schools. Read more »
May 8, 2015
THE STATE of Baltimore’s public schools was spotlighted in the aftermath of riots that rocked a city mourning the death of a young black man, Freddie Gray, while in police custody. Bad schools are only one element of urban dysfunction. Read more »
May 4, 2015
Today in the U.S. there are approximately 3 million students being served by nearly 7,000 charter schools across 43 states and the District of Columbia. We’ve come a long way since the first charter school opened its doors in Minnesota back in 1991, but I ask myself as we celebrate National Charter Schools Week, have we come far enough? Read more »
April 15, 2015
MARYLAND GOV. Larry Hogan, who never held elective office before voters chose him last fall, was true to his promise to govern from the center in the first legislative session of his term. Read more »
March 9, 2015
Every child has dreams. As for me, I dream about becoming an interior designer or photographer. My friends joke that neither of these careers will make me rich, but in my dreams, doing what I love is far more important than making money. Read more »