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Tag Archives: school choice
The full report is here [PDF] and not very long…. The first finding is pretty easy—even if you are dogmatically opposed to the privatization of public schools, if the choice is between a “failing” operator and a new one, you’d … Continue reading
CenLamar: Jindal’s Scheme to Defund Public Schools In Order to Enrich Religious Schools Ruled Unconstitutional Less than 24 hours later, Kelley ruled that Jindal’s voucher program is unconstitutional. Period. I’ve read some commentary that suggests vouchers weren’t “unconstitutional,” only the way … Continue reading
Limit to contract clauses proposed, The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate, 4/2/12 The headline is oddly flat and uninformative, considering what the bill was sparked by and is aimed at: anti-discrimination language in charter school contracts. I think the answer to this “dilemma” … Continue reading
Just like the whole issue, this series has been a throbbing ache that makes me feel gloomy about the world at large. But the paper tries to end the series on a high note, on a Look! The school “systems” … Continue reading
Again, who is this system, this reform, for if parents with a good set of skills and resources find the process and the system overwhelming, confusing, bewildering, overly demanding? Is it reasonable to expect every family to have a parent … Continue reading
It’s not a surprise that there are stumbles along the new road of School Choice to our difficult and deceptively “improved” status quo. While the New Orleans community has successfully created an unprecedented number of school choices, scores of families … Continue reading
Are there studies that clear the validity checks proposed here and still come to positive conclusions about choice? Yes. The work of Mark Schneider, Paul Teske, and various colleagues is a good example. They have a clear concept of choice … Continue reading
An initial assessment of any study’s potential contribution to policy should begin with three questions: What is being studied? Why is it expected to work? How is program performance assessed (286)? Why do some expect that providing an exit option … Continue reading
In a perfect world, policy makers more interested in fashioning effective programs than in scoring partisan points could turn to academics to help cut through the rhetorical brawling. The original vision for the policy sciences of democracy, after all, was … Continue reading