School Choice Weekly

The More They Know, the Less They Like Common Core

School Choice Weekly #50 It’s poll season, and two annual education polls find most public attitudes about education policies are consistent with past years, but this year shows a sharp change on Common Core national education mandates. Now, finds the annual Pi Kappa Delta/Gallup poll, for the first time a majority of Americans--81 percent--has heard of Common Core. And 60 percent oppose it. The annual Education Next survey out this week found support for Common Core at a bare majority, 53...

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...

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