April 1, 2013 |
The school choice movement — which germinated 50 years ago in free-market economist Milton Friedman's fertile mind — recently counted its largest victory. The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state's school voucher program. Under it, more than half a million low- and middle-income Hoosier students — and about 62 percent of all families — are eligible for state aid to help pay for a private or religious school. This is what school choice traditionally has lacked: scale.
November 15, 2009 |
Jim Zorn kept his gaze down last Sunday as he strode toward a lectern in a concourse underneath the stands at the Georgia Dome, another loss just past. It was the fourth straight defeat for the Washington Redskins, and the season -- now halfway over -- was palpably slipping away. Yet when Zorn stepped up to the microphone to face a bank of television cameras and reporters, he said what he says basically every week in virtually every such instance: "Hi, everybody. " It is, perhaps, the one constant in Zorn's interaction with the public,...
September 20, 2012 |
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles examining President Obama's record . In 3 1 / 2 years in office, President Obama has set in motion a broad overhaul of public education from kindergarten through high school, largely bypassing Congress and inducing states to adopt landmark changes that none of his predecessors attempted. He awarded billions of dollars in stimulus funding to states that agreed to promote charter schools, use student test scores...
March 21, 2013 |
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday named Abigail Smith, a former Teach for America executive with leadership experience in both traditional D.C. schools and charters, as the city's next deputy mayor for education. If confirmed by the D.C. Council, Smith will replace De'Shawn Wright , who resigned in the fall to take a job in his native New York. Wright's chief of staff, Jennifer Leonard, has been serving in an interim capacity. "Abigail has devoted her entire career to working with families,...
February 19, 2013 |
The nation must act urgently to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged children by changing the way public schools are financed, improving teacher quality, investing in early-childhood education and demanding greater accountability down to the local school board level, according to a report issued Tuesday by an expert panel. Created by Congress in 2010 — with legislation sponsored by Reps. Michael M. Honda (D-Calif.) and Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) — the...
February 7, 2013 |
The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District as the foundation for what students in America's public schools need to know and be able to do. They will require our children to develop a deeper, more conceptual understanding in mathematics and English-language arts. They hold tremendous promise for improving our international competitiveness. The standards could also trigger a sea change in education, the kind that colleges, businesses and politicians have been talking about...