School Choice Weekly

College Bubble Closer to Popping

School Choice Weekly #70 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 Steve Schneider, a...

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...

The School Choice Year Ahead

School Choice Weekly #68 A number of state leaders have signaled their intent in the year ahead to expand existing school choice programs or inaugurate new ones; the field looks promising particularly in Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. The past three years have been perhaps the best for school choice in the United States since parents really did control community schools. The great danger of this success is that it will be coopted and ruined by people who...

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