EDITORIAL October 10. 2018 9:28PM The most pernicious claim made by opponents of expanding school choice in New Hampshire is that giving parents greater control over where their kids go to school is a threat to public education.What does this say about the faith of public education advocates in local public schools?If providing additional state aid to parents who want to send their children to private schools would create a mass exodus, isn’t there a bigger problem?In truth, expanding choice will open up new possibilities for families who cannot currently afford other options, but most parents will continue to send their children to their local public school.The state’s Education Tax Credit program is very modest, but has helped several hundred families make better educational choices. A study from the free-market Josiah Bartlett Center last year calculated that if the Education Savings Account program shelved by the House had been adopted, local school districts would … [Read more...] about School choice: Not a threat to public education
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By Carl Cohn | PUBLISHED: October 5, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: October 5, 2018 at 6:53 am There is a little watched election that is projected to be the most expensive race in California this fall. More money will be spent on the race for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction – the person who oversees over 10,000 public and charter schools – than in any congressional race, and perhaps even the race for governor. Why will so much money be spent on this race? The reason lies with a small group of billionaires who have no education experience but because of their outsized pocketbooks wield huge influence in education politics across the nation. Billionaires like the Waltons (of Walmart fortune), Eli Broad, and President Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have made it their priority to fight for the charter school industry, school vouchers, and high-stakes testing. The billionaires are supporting candidate Marshall Tuck, a … [Read more...] about Opinion: The truth about money in public education politics
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Billionaire developer Jeff Greene is an unconventional Democrat running an unconventional campaign for Florida governor. So, naturally, his ideas on how to change Florida's vast public education bureaucracy stem from an unconventional place. Standing in a former West Palm Beach car dealership that he converted two years ago into a school house, Greene explains how the future of Florida's schools lies in shrinking class sizes, replacing letter grades with detailed evaluations and adopting the latest technologies. After all, he says, those are some of the reasons The Greene School is a model for the rest of the state. "It's not that difficult to make changes in education," Greene says matter-of-factly — even though he was so underwhelmed by the state of Palm Beach County schools two years ago that he went ahead and built his own. Dissatisfied with the public and private school options for his three sons, Greene and wife Mei Sze opened their own school in 2016, plunging millions … [Read more...] about Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?
Maria Polletta Arizona Republic Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 A political-blog post published and widely shared Thursday paints an upcoming book by Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia as a "blueprint to dismantle public education," contending Garcia's oft-stated commitment to the state's public-school system is a front. But a close examination of the 196-page "School Choice" reveals a text that reads more like an academic primer than a fervent defense of public-school alternatives — one that repeatedly takes pains to stress the author's impartiality. The book, scheduled for a Sept. 28 release, is part of the "Essential Knowledge" series published by MIT Press, according to a copy obtained by The Arizona Republic on Thursday. In the book's foreword, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Bruce Tidor says the series aims to distill specialized information and give readers "a point … [Read more...] about Critics: Book by governor candidate David Garcia aims to ‘dismantle public education’