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Vesia Hawkins: Parents are Busy Making Choices

My Tennessee pal Vesia Hawkins weighed in on the recent report by EdChoice called Schooling in America and I must say that the findings that jumped out at Vesia also jumped out at me. According to the report, teachers overwhelmingly don’t trust parents and that makes for some head scratching for the millions of parents… Continue reading Vesia Hawkins: Parents are Busy Making Choices

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Parents Value Safety. But Do Education Journalists? That Depends.

Education writers and journalists seem to jump at the chance to write about school safety and scared parents when the story is school shootings and student activism around gun control but so many fail to demonstrate that same passion for safety when parents cite school vouchers or the larger concept of school choice as the… Continue reading Parents Value Safety. But Do Education Journalists? That Depends.

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An Unholy Alliance

Imagine my chagrin this morning when I awoke to find a new and rather unholy alliance had been formed between Jonah Edelman of Stand for Children and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. This alliance took the form of an anti-voucher op-ed in the LA Times. Here’s a little taste of the… Continue reading An Unholy Alliance

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Some Folks Just Can’t Come Down From That Ivory Tower

Education experts in Academia can be really tough to take for those who don’t exist in an abstract world of theories and studies and a recent debate at Sacramento State on charter schools and vouchers was no exception. Chris Stewart (aka Citizen Stewart) and Professor Julian Vasquez Heilig argued opposing sides of the issue and… Continue reading Some Folks Just Can’t Come Down From That Ivory Tower