School Choice Weekly

It’s Teacher Freedom Week

School Choice Weekly #49 It’s actually National Employee Freedom Week, which is the positive way to say a national week aimed at raising awareness that union members don’t have to be. Polls show nearly a third of union members would prefer not to be. Of course, a large number of union members are teachers, many of whom are enrolled into a union the minute they accept a government teaching job. In Nevada alone, related efforts from the Nevada Policy Research Institute have resulted in 1,450...

Dangers and Opportunities for Choice in Government Preschool

School Choice Weekly #48 What is happening in New York City preschools is either a form of American-style religious syncretism or a theology-deadening death grip between church and state. Hard to tell which. And it could be both. The New York Times discusses one effect of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s push to speedily expand government preschool: contracting with private preschools to handle the influx of tiny students. Because most private schools are also religious schools, the program has led to...

Vouchers Improved Sweden’s Schools

School Choice Weekly #47 Last week, a well-regarded education economist from Columbia University wrote an opinion article in Slate saying a universal school choice program has caused Sweden’s student achievement decline. A pile of other researchers examined his data and arguments and concluded he’s wrong. Let me count the ways: For one thing, only 14 percent of Swedish schools are private. It’s bad economics to allege this minority deserves most of the blame for average student achievement...

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