School Choice Weekly

Back to Redistributing Teachers

School Choice Weekly #62 When the Obama administration began writing its own laws under the guise of No Child Left Behind waivers in 2011, it snuck into the thousands of pages of bureaucratese a requirement for “teacher equity.” Now, the administration has reminded states it wasn’t joking. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education wrote states a letter demanding they submit “teacher equity plans” to the feds by next June. The problem: Research shows poor and minority children are typically...

Ed-lection Slides GOP

School Choice Weekly #61 Education was a prime issue in this year’s midterm elections, and teachers unions spent a record-setting amount – $60 million by the two biggest nationwide unions – across the country. It didn’t work out so well for them, with notable losses for their candidates to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis, Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner, and more. Of six heavily union-contested races, in only one did the union-backed...

A Novel Way to Turn Schools over to Teachers

School Choice Weekly #60 One of the major problems with public education is that the desires of school staff and of families can work against each other. Often, what makes teachers comfortable degrades instruction. So here’s a novel idea that could change that: Convert ownership of each public school into stock options that a school’s employees would own. Benjamin Scafidi runs some numbers and finds “Each teacher in [an] example is now $113,000 wealthier and part owner of a school.” That’s not...

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