School Choice Weekly

New Parent Trigger School, Same Old Intimidation

School Choice Weekly #71 A group of parents has become the first in Orange County, California to submit petitions that, once verified, will require the state to convert their children’s school into a charter school. It’s the second or third step in a marathon to improve an elementary school where only one-third of students rated proficient in reading and half rated proficient in math in 2013. The parents already have faced an intimidation campaign similar to ones waged against other parents who...

College Bubble Closer to Popping

School Choice Weekly #70[Subscribe]  The Wall Street Journal tells the tale of Justin Friend, a 24-year-old Texan earning $140,000 a year after a two-year technical degree in welding. The kicker: Friend’s parents both have Ph.D.’s. “Not everybody needs a four-year college degree,” his mother told the paper. High school counselors, who once almost automatically steered smart kids toward four-year colleges, now are more aware of the job opportunities for those with technical skills, said...

Yes, the Obama Administration Really Does Want to Redistribute Teachers

School Choice Weekly #69 Politico has finally picked up on a story that School Reform News reported for you months ago: The Obama administration isn’t kidding in its demands that states figure out how to redistribute the best teachers. But there are several logistical problems: A state can’t force good teachers to move to high-needs schools. And the factors that influence teachers’ decisions – such as salary, support and working conditions ‒ are made locally, not at the state level. The federal...

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