School Choice Weekly

Welcome to Your New Factory School

School Choice Weekly #82 English teacher Michael Godsey sees a dismal vision of what school will soon look like across the country – and perhaps across the world. Coming soon to a classroom near you: a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation’s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The ‘virtual class’ will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a ‘super-teacher’), and it will include...

Good Prospects for School Choice Laws

School Choice Weekly #81 It’s shaping up to be another good year for school choice, although possibly not a banner year like 2011 or 2012. Mississippi lawmakers just sent the governor a bill to create education savings accounts for special-needs children. If he signs it, it would be the third education savings account program in the nation and the third school choice program in Mississippi. But that’s not all. “So far this year, at least 34 states are considering proposals to create or amend...

It’s the Feds’ Fault Everyone Has Common Core

School Choice Weekly #79 Arizona’s new anti-Common Core superintendent, Diane Douglas, recently used two slides in a presentation that summarize why states are not truly free to set their own standards, or to offer local schools much curricular freedom. In short, they’re shackled by the federal government. If Arizona allows any children in the federally mandated grades to skip annual math and reading tests based on one centralized set of curriculum mandates, No Child Left Behind’s provisions...

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