March 11, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 10 CHARTER BATTLES: A NEW HOPE. New Hope Academy is a charter school in York, PA, that serves a student body of which 98 percent live in poverty. Since 2007, that student body has had a 93 percent attendance rate, 84 percent have gone on to a post-secondary education, and nearly 23 percent […] Read more »
March 4, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 9 OPPORTUNITY SHORTCHANGED. Once again, President Obama’s FY15 budget has shortchanged money for the successful, popular, money-saving Opportunity Scholarship Program in Washington, D.C.  Sadly, this is not the first time D.C. vouchers have been zeroed-out of the budget, even though research validates the program’s effectiveness, despite President’s claims to the contrary. Very few […] Read more »
February 25, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 8 HONORING TEACHERS. A significant portion of commentary on education policy has always focused on the hard work and devotion that is demanded of teachers in our society. But what has unfortunately happened is the same forces that trumpet the hard work of teachers end up hurting them, with a broken status quo […] Read more »
February 18, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 7 SOME STATES JUST GETTING STARTED. Last week saw a victory for Parent Power in Mississippi, where state lawmakers passed legislation that, once reconciled, will establish education savings accounts (ESAs) for students with special needs. Early estimates show that as many as 11 percent of Magnolia State students could benefit from having their […] Read more »
February 11, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 6 SCAPEGOATING PARENTS. In a weak attempt to find key problems and solutions to public education, The New York Times framed a discussion on its opinion page with the misguided question, “Do Parents Care Enough About School?” Yes, after decades of stagnation and failure in traditional public schools, the Times thought to ask […] Read more »
February 4, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 5 DIGITAL LEARNING IN THE NEWS. If the only newspaper a person ever reads is the Los Angeles Times, he or she would be inclined to think that students’ use of iPads is the most revolutionary classroom introduction since the chalkboard, and a substantial product of the digital learning revolution. But “digiformers” […] Read more »
January 28, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 4 STATE OF EDUCATION. In his first-ever State of the Union address in 2009, President Obama said: “That is why it will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education, from the day they are born to the day they begin […] Read more »
January 21, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 3 FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. A half century following the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights era, American students still face inequitable educational options, and find themselves unable to escape failing systems. And yet, in places such as the District of Columbia, more and more students are demonstrating first-hand how […] Read more »
January 14, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 2 PEAK PERFORMANCE. In a brief video testimonial, 16 year-old Savannah, a low-income student who is a full grade ahead and obtaining college credit, sums up her experience attending Pikes Peak Prep charter school in Colorado. With expenses such as books and transportation costs taken care of, students like Savannah can focus […] Read more »
January 7, 2014
Vol. 16, No. 1 MULTIPLE AUTHORIZERS ARE GAME CHANGERS. As with any major legislative initiative, there has been a lot of debate surrounding charter school legislation currently in the Pennsylvania State Senate, particularly the question of creating university authorizers. If done properly, Pennsylvania school districts could expect the same type of quality charter schools that […] Read more »