Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

States are finally changing how they rate school performance and the left isn’t happy about it

June 29, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"Thanks to reforms implemented by Gov. Pat McCrory (R), North Carolina now assigns each of its public schools a letter grade, to help parents understand where their child's school ranks relative to other schools across the state. The grades, ranging from "A" to "F," are released annually in the state's North Carolina School Report Cards report published by the State Board of Education. Like most other states, North Carolina used its own custom performance designation system before switching to the easy-to-understand A–F grading model. This simple reform may not seem like it could contribute much to the education reform debate, but it actually matters a great deal." (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nns5xgv  

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How the pressures of Title IX compliance have chilled my college campus

June 29, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Rachael Russell  

"On my first day of class this past semester, like my previous three semesters at the University of Delaware (UD), I expected to attend my classes and be given syllabi with course expectations. I did not expect to have references to Title IX on my course syllabi, warning students that any reference to sexual misconduct disclosed in class would be reported by my professors." (06/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfx9g5q  

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Student who opted out of PARCC tests banned from school party

June 22, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Lennie Jarratt  

"Why would a school punish a student for standing up for her right to refuse a test her parents deem unnecessary? The answer is simple: It's all about money. If too many students opt out of the tests in a school or district, the state board of education can withhold money from that school district. This is done because the U.S. Department Of Education will in turn deny money to the state. Common Core and its associated testing of PARCC and the lesser-known Smarter Balance highlights how the federal government has removed local control over education and imposes its standards on local schools." (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opnofb4  

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Nevada legislators want to put parents in control of education

June 15, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Heather Kays  

"When the Nevada Education Savings Account (ESA) law passed last week, there were two main reactions: celebration from school choice advocates who marveled at the scope and positive potential of the law, and the anti-choice crowd's outrage at an allegedly impending dismantling of traditional public schools." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p9anwed  

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The long history of school choice division

June 15, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sophie Sandor  

"Most people, acting rationally, would prefer to choose the school their child goes to as opposed to having their child forcibly assigned to a school. So opposition to school choice seems no less strange wherever it comes from. Nonetheless understanding the reasons is enlightening. The divide of opinion on school vouchers in the States, for example, is portrayed as being between the left and the right. Or Republicans against Democrats and whites against minorities. But it is not as simple as this and not really the case." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odp4mhl  

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The libertarian case against vouchers

June 14, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"School vouchers have long been a popular education reform vehicle for conservatives and even some libertarians. They call school vouchers 'choice' or a 'market-oriented' educational reform plan. While voucher proponents long ago claimed that their plan would 'gradually' lead to educational freedom, most of them now make their case for vouchers by claiming that they are a way to improve the public-school system through 'competition.' Actually though, school vouchers are nothing more than another socialistic scheme, one based on the same immoral principles on which public (i.e., government) schooling is based. Moreover, they not only do not lead to a genuinely free society but instead, by embedding the state even more deeply into our lives, do the opposite." (06/12/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/12/libertarian-case-vouchers/  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 06/12/15

June 14, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Heather Kays, managing editor of School Reform News, speaks with Patrick Wolf. Wolf is a professor at the University of Arkansas. Kays and Wolf discuss school choice." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6pbhwa  

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Wisconsin: Why tenure and shared governance matter

June 12, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Peter Bonilla  

"Tensions are running high in Wisconsin's system of higher education, as the state's legislature recently moved closer to etching into reality proposals that could result in $250 million in cuts to the University of Wisconsin System's budget. This alone is dramatic, but in addition to the potential cuts to the system's budget, proposals are also in place to weaken protections both for faculty tenure and shared governance. These latest developments have sparked concern that academic freedom in the UW System suddenly faces threats to its long-term health. FIRE shares those concerns." (06/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pb863va  

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The best school choice program in America

June 4, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"Universal health care, universal broadband, universal daycare -- attaching the word 'universal' to a government service connotes inefficiency, lack of choice, and high costs. But the opposite is true when it comes to universal school choice. Yesterday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill that will give all parents in the state a choice in how public dollars are spent on their child's education. Nevada is the fifth state to adopt an Education Savings Account (ESA) program." (06/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo8fv6z  

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New York teachers’ unions’ “choice” charade

June 3, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jason Bedrick  

"The state teachers['] union may wind up regretting coming out big for parental choice in the recent 'opt-out' wars-- because the same principle dictates support this month for Gov. Cuomo's education-tax-credit bill." (06/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfyl98h  

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Why we need school choice in New Hampshire

May 31, 2015
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Manchester Union-Leader
by Bill Walker  

"Everyone in the United States already has school choice ... if they can afford it. The rich and upper-middle class go to private schools or select schools in wealthy suburbs. Middle-class parents can afford many private schools, or home-school their children. What the new education bill will do is extend those same choices to lower-income families." (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obmyyzh  

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Private school choice works

May 29, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Private school choice is 'in,' writes Patrick Wolf. 'Far from being rare and untested, private school choice policies are an integral part of the fabric of American education policy.' Now, these 'new ideas' really upset some folks. I'm not one of them. School choice is greater freedom. Freedom works." (05/28/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/05/28/private-school-choice-works/  

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Reasoning Mind engages and prepares STEM students

May 26, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lloyd Bentsen IV  

"On a recent visit to the Momentous School in Dallas, I saw students actively, enthusiastically engaged in learning math concepts and applying those concepts to solve problems -- thanks to a state-of-the-art online curriculum and teacher classroom structuring program called Reasoning Mind. According to several evaluations, the Reasoning Mind program offers several advantages over outdated, lecture-based instruction ..." (05/26/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25688  

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Unlock the school library

May 21, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"If you could change the K-12 curriculum in one small way, what would you change? My pick: Unlock the school library. By this I mean ... 1. Give kids the option of hanging out at the library during every break period. 2. Give kids the option of hanging out the library in lieu of electives. My elementary, junior high, and high schools all had marvelous libraries. But they were virtually always closed to the student body." (05/21/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/05/unlock_the_scho.html  

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The problem of school

May 20, 2015
posted by

The Partial Observer
by James Leroy Wilson  

"We develop differently, but arbitrary age rules punish us." (05/19/15)

http://partialobserver.com/article.cfm?id=4014  

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Children learn more from starfish than from spiders

May 13, 2015
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Pauline Dixon  

"The centralized spider organizational structure is one that is typically seen in education today. A spider uses its web to expand its reach, but with every vibration, the information needs to be processed, acted on, and relayed back so that the spider's brain at the center can decide the action to be taken. The spider system grew out of the highly decentralized starfish system, which existed in early centuries. However, when a spider system breaks down, as is currently the case in developing countries, parents move their children to low-cost private schools in a parallel starfish system." (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocqjpw4  

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Corinthian should just be a sideshow

May 13, 2015
posted by

Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"To hear the national discussion, you'd think openly for-profit schools like Corinthian Colleges were not just the only problem in higher education, but a problem of alien-invasion-sized proportions. You know, wipe out humanity kind of stuff. But regardless of whether for-profits are as monstrous as many people would have us believe -- and it is much easier to accuse and threaten than prove guilt -- they simply are not the main higher education problem." (05/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p66x8xy  

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Should I favor the abolition of public schools (or state-school separationism)?

May 11, 2015
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen  

"Is there such a thing as a libertarian education policy? I have always been partial to J.S. Mill's suggestion that (a) people should be allowed to educate their children how they wish subject only to the caveat that the government will test the children, periodically, to see that they know certain essentials (what the essentials and how often they should be tested can be left to the side) and (b) government can provide some schools for those who want or need such. More and more, though, I find myself drawn to a strict abolition of state administered education. (Nothing I say here argues directly against state funding of education.)" (05/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nclyrn3  

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Corinthian Colleges files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

May 5, 2015
posted by

MarketWatch MarketWatch    

"Corinthian Colleges Inc. on Monday filed for chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., closing the book on the embattled for-profit school operator whose business had been embroiled in controversy since last summer. The California company last month closed its remaining 28 campuses, affecting about 16,000 students. The company had sold the bulk of its campuses in November to a new nonprofit firm." (05/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nk46yl3  

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Charter schools and the aspiring classes

May 5, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sophie Sandor  

"There is significant research concluding that the ever-spreading charter schools in the U.S. are markedly improving pupils' performance. Charter schools are free to attend, open to all children and publicly funded but independently run -- the most similar comparison close to home being the Free Schools Programme in England. Since the first charter school law passed in Minnesota in 1991, almost seven thousand have opened with two and a half million children now being educated in a charter school." (05/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7mnbxn  

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Chicago state plaintiffs show court what chilled speech looks like

April 26, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Catherine Sevcenko  

"'Chilling effect' on speech is the most common metaphor in First Amendment law. The government may not punish people for expressing unpopular views, nor may it create a climate of fear (i.e., a chill) that induces citizens to censor themselves to stay out of trouble. Not surprisingly, chill is notoriously difficult to quantify. Courts have spilled many gallons of ink explaining why one government action would cause someone to remain silent, thus violating the First Amendment, whereas another doesn't cross the line." (04/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmvn6hz  

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Everything is choice in Florida

April 21, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"When Missourians think of public school choice, they might think of charter schools or the school transfer law, which allows students in failing schools to transfer to quality ones. Currently, only students in Kansas City, Saint Louis, and outlying counties have access to options other than the school they were assigned to. What if all students in Missouri had public school choice? In Florida, legislators are moving quickly on a bill that would provide students in the Sunshine State with just that." (04/20/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/04/everythings-choice-florida.html  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/20/15

April 21, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"Heather Kays speaks to Gina (pronounced Jenna) Ray, a mother of four and grassroots activist fighting against Common Core in Arizona. Ray is a member of the self-proclaimed Mommy Lobby, a group of parents, teachers and residents who want Common Core repealed and replaced in Arizona." [Flash video] (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ox5xbmg  

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What public schools can learn from homeschool parents

April 17, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"Beverly was a mother who homeschooled her two boys. Lacking a college degree, she was afraid she would not be able to properly educate her children. One day, Beverly took her sons to the public library to pick out books that interested them. The boys gravitated toward cartoons. At home, they spent time creating their own drawings using homemade equipment. They caught the attention of a Disney cartoonist, who was amazed at what the boys were able to do on their own. Chris and Allan Miller are now professional graphic artists. If the Miller brothers had been educated in a traditional school, certainly they would have been taught by a teacher with a college degree or higher, but would their creative interests have been fostered?" (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kq2cvkv  

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Students unsure whether anatomical models are appropriate at Johns Hopkins

April 16, 2015
posted by

Susan Kruth Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"For three decades, the North Baltimore Pro-Life Study Group has set up a display of anatomical models of fetal development as part of Johns Hopkins University's (JHU's) annual Spring Fair. This year, however, JHU's Arts and Crafts Committee decided to disallow the display because it 'contains triggering and disturbing images and content.' Thankfully, after pushback from student Andrew Guernsey, president of the student group Voice for Life, the Committee reversed its decision. But as Guernsey points out in emails to the student government, speakers on campus may still be subject to policies that can be used to censor a broad range of speech -- despite JHU's written commitments to free expression." (04/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/na8gmyu  

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