Apr
13
2015
1

My Watchdog.org piece on Chicago school choice is up.

Found here.  Short version: turns out that if you like school choice, you probably wanted Rahm Emanuel to win re-election as Chicago mayor. His opponent hated it, just like the unions told him to.

I know. Go figure, huh?

Feb
23
2015
1

My Watchdog.com piece on Virginia school choice advances is up.

Title: “Virginia Democrats value teacher’s unions over special needs kids by opposing school choice.” It’s all about the money, of course. It usually is, with that crowd.

Jan
30
2015
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My Watchdog.org article on School Choice is up.

It’s the one called “Minority, Democratic supporters of school choice obscured by entrenched union interests.” Which, of course, you can see once you click the link. So. Kind of redundant of me to put it that way, huh?

Jan
28
2015
5

An interactive ‘school choice by state map’ over at the Friedman Foundation.

This might prove useful for people: it breaks down the school choice situation by state.  The individual state entries describe current government programs involving school choice and a limited list of links to state-specific school choice-related stories.  I’m putting it up because I’ve actually been looking for a list like this, and Amplify School Choice linked to it and a bunch of other sites here. Every little bit of information helps.

Aug
26
2014
4

My suggestion on how to talk about school choice.

While I like Jim Geraghty’s point, here (spoiler warning: he and I think that ‘C’ is the best way to put this):

Which argument is likely to be most effective?

A) School choice is a good idea because it is consistent with the conservative principles that the government that is closest to the people is most likely to make the best decisions, is most accountable for those decisions, and is easiest to correct those decisions.

B) School choice is a good idea because it is consistent with the libertarian principles that the power of the state should be limited and the power of the individual should be maximized.

C) School choice is a good idea because it puts decisions in the hands of parents, who know what is best for their children.

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Jan
30
2014
1

#amplifychoice webcast today at 4 PM. #rsrh #schoolchoice

The embed, if you are interested.



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It’s part of National School Choice Week, which is something that I should have been more activist toward this week, sorry. I claim the excuse of various family members being sick and generally cry pardon

Nov
01
2013
4

Eric Holder goes to judicial war over school choice using documents that he… can’t find now.

I am going to break a rule and simply reproduce this entire post from the Louisiana Governor’s office.  If Bobby Jindal has a problem with that – and I don’t think that the Governor will – I am sure that he will tell me so fairly quickly.  It really cannot be excerpted; the idiocy of the federal government here is too stunning to do anything except appreciate in all of its, ah, glory.

Prepare to marvel at the l33t legal skills of Eric Holder’s Justice Department:

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May
17
2013
3

Meet New Mexico’s liberal Tim Keller, before he becomes fake-moderate Tim Keller.

Well, let us not ignore the upcoming election cycle simply because the Obama administration has decided to go utterly mad this week. Below for your dubious delectation is a video from the New Mexico Republican party on one Tim Keller, who is being pushed out as a stealth liberal challenger to Governor Susana Martinez next year. I say “stealth” because – well, watch:

Short version of the video: Keller is trying out the moderate pro-business line, which is clashing horribly with his tendency to see anti-union conspiracies under the bed that he’s made with Moveon.org (and the zombie remnants of the Occupy movement). Couple that with the fact that Keller’s an anti-digital education Luddite who hates school choice(more…)

Oct
01
2012
2

New Heritage video: “Our Choice.”

Heritage has a new video up on school choice (short version: they like it, and so should you):

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Aug
28
2011
1

Wisconsin progressives attack charter school.

Yup, ‘attacked.’  Those locks didn’t vandalize themselves, and they weren’t vandalized by the Scott Walker administration.  That leaves a pretty small list of suspects from which to choose.  Anyway, I’m just putting this video about the protests at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School (via Hot Air) up, without any of the (scathing) editorial comments that I had originally written.

But see if you can guess what the major difference was between the ‘choice’ school kids being protested at, and the screaming vandals doing the protesting.  Hint: if you know anything about the DC school choice saga then you already know what I’m talking about – which is also true if you’re a typical progressive activist.  The only difference there is, you’d rather gargle razor blades then admit that you do know what I’m talking about*. (more…)

Apr
09
2011
1

House GOP desegregates DC school system.

Teachers’ unions, racists, Dick Durbin hardest hit:

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program — which provides low-income District students with federal money to attend private schools — is a top priority of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The program was closed to new entrants by Democrats in 2009, but Boehner has sought to revive and expand the program. The House passed a Boehner-authored bill last month — the SOAR Act — to reauthorize the program for five more years, and that bill will be included in the final spending deal and signed into law by Obama.

More background here.  The administration was surprisingly unequivocal in its opposition to “the creation or expansion of private school voucher programs that are authorized by this bill,” probably because poor minority kids don’t contribute to Democratic slush funds to the extent that the NEA does.  Killing the DC voucher program has been a priority for Democrats since they took full control of the government in 2009; watching the President sign it back into law is going to be one of the more satisfying things that I* will personally see next week.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Not to mention the Heritage Foundation, which has been fighting this one tooth and nail, and in the streets, all along.

Jul
07
2010
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#rsrh A must read on school choice.

The title is “The education debacle of the decade” – and wasn’t it, just? It’s about the Democratic party’s successful efforts to re-segregate the DC school system, in the guise of killing the Opportunity Scholarship Program… and I’m being even blunter about this than author Bob Ewing says that the Washington Post is being (no link to WaPo at site):

It’s clear, though, from how the destruction of the [OSP] program is being orchestrated, that issues such as parents’ needs, student performance and program effectiveness don’t matter next to the political demands of teachers’ unions.

Sure, teachers’ unions hate school choice.  Exposing a monopoly to market forces always ticks off the monopolists.  But even if the teachers’ unions had been on-board with the OSP, the single-minded way that the Democratic party leadership went hammer and tongs after this small program tells me that white, Democratic legislators have a real problem with poor minority students suddenly appearing in their white, privileged, private schools.  And now that they have both branches of government, they’re finally in a position to do something about it. (more…)

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