March
20th 2009
Keep Spreading the Message to Help D.C. Kids Keep Their Scholarships

Posted under Education Politics & Federal Government & Independence Institute & Research & School Choice & Teachers & Urban Schools

The fight isn’t over yet, but things aren’t looking good for the 1,700 poor Washington D.C. kids who benefit from the federally-funded voucher program – kids like those featured in this compelling Heritage Foundation video (H/T Flypaper):

Are you listening, Congress? Are you paying attention, President Obama?

For those who want a little more in-depth discussion of what’s going on with DC vouchers and education reform at the federal level, here’s another interesting video. The Hoover Institution presents two of the nation’s top education experts, Terry Moe and Paul Peterson (H/T Jay Greene) with their views on the political dynamics and what the research says about school choice:

For those who found Glenn Beck’s interview of Jeanne Allen on this topic a little too impassioned, this might be more your speed.

Yesterday, my Education Policy Center friend Ben DeGrow discussed many of the same issues on northern Colorado’s Amy Oliver Show (1310 KFKA). It needs to be heard over and over again. It’s too important.

All these people are doing what I’m doing – spreading the good word, getting the message out there. I hope you can help chip in, too – for the sake of kids like Fransoir, Sakeithia, De’Andre, Dominique, Rashawn, Breanna, and Paul.

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5 Responses to “Keep Spreading the Message to Help D.C. Kids Keep Their Scholarships”

  1. Jamesm on 24 Mar 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    Terry Moe has a great article on the issue of school board control. Here’s how it ends:
    It would be extreme, then, to say that the unions totally dominate their school boards. But there is still a serious problem. School-board elections are supposed to be the democratic means by which ordinary citizens govern their own schools. The board is supposed to represent “the people.” But in many districts it really doesn’t. For with unions so powerful, employee interests are given far more weight in personnel and policy decisions than warranted, and school boards are partially captured by their own employees. Democracy threatens to be little more than a charade, serving less as a mechanism of popular control than as a means by which employees promote their own special interests.

    Search “The Union Label on the Ballot Box-How school employees help choose their bosses”

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  5. Ed is Watching » I Promise (Mostly) to Cut Back on Using the “It’s For the Kids” Line on 18 Feb 2010 at 12:39 pm #

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