School Choice Weekly

The Undead No Child Left Behind

School Choice Weekly #76 It is tiresome to be frequently forced to discuss federal education policy, since whatever Congress does besides getting out of parents’ and teachers’ way will only mean lots of money and energy wasted to no good end. The evidence for this is quite strong and, to this author’s knowledge, has never been directly refuted. But since Congress has appropriated to itself power over education, even though the Tenth Amendment reserves it, along with all other unmentioned items...

Test Refusal Fever Rises

School Choice Weekly #75 It’s pretty safe to say this spring will see the highest number of children refusing annual tests since Congress first mandated them in 2001. News stories across the country, from New Orleans to Chicago to New York to Washington state, are noting high numbers of parents both inquiring about and filing letters to excuse their children from Common Core tests. Ohio’s opt-out Facebook page has gone viral, with tens of thousands of shares. There has essentially never been a...

School Choice Gets Personal for North Carolina Dad

School Choice Weekly #74 Brian Lewis used to fight school vouchers. He was the chief lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state teachers union. Vouchers threaten teachers unions’ power by diffusing children and education authority more broadly among parents and schools. Everywhere voucher programs come to life, teachers unions try to kill them. But then Lewis’s daughter entered middle school, and public school stopped working for her. Lewis and his wife tried to work...

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