School Choice 101


  • Discussion of Ideological & Legislative Responses To Terrorism

    June 2017

    At this panel discussion and press conference held in New York City on June 24th, 2017 by the Interfaith Unity for Tolerance, Representative Tulsi Gabbard joined a panel discussion about how academic and legislative responses to terrorism are complementary approaches that will provide long term and intellectual responses to terrorism.

    In a press release about the event, the IFUT said that this discussion "will lead towards nuanced understanding and informed solutions."  

    Gabbard said, “I think that there has been a concerted effort both on the part of some in the media, as well as many in politics, and many in our foreign policy establishment seem to have been advocating for a continuance of these regime change wars, really ignoring the fact of what has been the consequence of these wars in countries like Iraq and Libya and Syria, where each time we have waged these wars, [it] has resulted in the strengthening of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda or the creation of ISIS [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIL], and it has resulted in a tremendous amount of suffering and death for the people of these countries."

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  • 2017 People's Summit Panel: From Knowledge to Action

    June 2017

    Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders hosted this discussion at the 2017 People's Summit with Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Naomi Klein. In this discussion, the panelists focused on the importance of civil discourse versus political distraction, as well as highlighting how other progressive movements around the world can intersect with each other, and what forms and shapes the belief systems of those who are working for a progressive society today.

    From Knowledge to Action from National Nurses United on Vimeo.

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  • Senator Nina Turner On Education And The Ongoing Fight For The Populace

    April 2017

    In this article former Ohio State Senator Nina Tuner discusses her thoughts on education and politics.

    After the loss of her mother at a young age, Education played an important role in Turner's life. Yet, Turner believes that it can be better for poor and working class individuals like herself: "[My situation] gave me a sensitivity to the plight of poor people because I did grow up in a working class family, but we were very poor and it made me really sensitive. Because education helped change my life, I do believe if people have the opportunity, that education can do the same thing for them and help more [people] become cycle breakers. That gave me my heart connection to education."

    Improving education would come in many forms, however Turner specifically focuses on the need for after school programs and input from the community: "We do have to decide as a nation whether or not we are going to invest dollars, but also invest concentration, in our effort to create the types of programming that help our children overcome [any] challenges they may have at home or any challenges they may have in the community.”

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  • Trump And DeVos: What Could The New Administration Spell For English Learner And Immigrant Students?

    March 2017

    Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017 despite widespread concerns ranging from her lack of experience in public education to worries about her beliefs regarding vouchers and charter schools, religious education, and accountability for the education of traditionally underserved children.

    Her selection and President Trump’s immigration enforcement-focused executive orders have left many parents and educators wondering how the new administration’s policies will impact students from immigrant families and the schools that serve them.

    The simple answer is: It depends on the actions of state and local policymakers where those students live.

    This article looks at a number of different education policy areas, where the administration is likely to focus within those areas, and the affect that that will have in communities.

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  • School Choice 101

    March 2017

    Many Republicans have lauded school choice for a number of years. In fact, the new administration's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has strongly supported school choice.

    As the new administration addresses education in the United States, it is important to understand what they mean when they say "School Choice." This fact article answers key questions about school choice including:

    1) What do people mean when they say school choice?

    2) What is the voucher program?

    3) How does the voucher program work?

    4) What are the other school choice programs?

    5) Why is school choice controversial?

    6) What have been the results of school choice programs so far? 

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  • Bill To Watch - HR 899

    March 2017

    On February 7, 2017, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky introduced a bill to terminate the Department of Education on December 31, 2018. As of March 6, 2017 the bill has eight co-sponsors. 

    This article allows you to read the bill and see its co-sponsors.

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  • Exploring The Consequences Of Expanding Charter Schools

    November 2016

    This report looks at charter schools and charter school expansion in a number of different large and mid-size U.S. cities since 2000.

    It finds that "District schools are surviving but under increased stress" and "Charter expansion is not driven by well-known, high-profile operators." In fact, "The varied and often opaque financial practices across charter school management companies, while fitting with a competitive portfolio conception, leads to increased disparities across students, irregularities in the accumulation of additional public (publicly obligated) debt, and inequities and irregularities in the ownership and distribution of what were once commonly considered public assets-from buildings and vehicles right down to desks, chairs, and computers."

    This increase in competition has not delivered in terms of taking care of the students either: "Few are paying attention to the breaches of legal rights of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees under the increasingly opaque private governance and management structures associated with charter expansion."

    Policy recommendations include rethinking "charter laws that deregulate both the operators and regulators (authorizers) of charter schools." The report lays out a checklist that state and local governments can use when looking to expand charter schools. 


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