Newswire: January 24, 2017 — National School Choice Week — New Report Offers Best and Most Up-To-Date Info on Charter Schools — Lawsuits, Lawsuits everywhere
SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK. From January 22-28, the nation — 6.4 million Americans and 21,392 events to be exact — is shining a spotlight on the need for great education options of all kinds for all learners.
Here’s what it means in raw numbers.
Here’s what it could mean if the Trump Administration follows EdReform’s 100 Days Agenda.
And here, in their own words, is what it means for kids, families, and educators.
JUST THE FACTS. A new report is out just in time for National School Choice Week rebutting misinformation about public charter schools. Just the Facts: Success, Innovation, and Opportunity in Charter Schools addresses the most pervasive and unjustified myths that exist today (John Oliver, you listening?), despite the fact that charters are one of the most proven reforms and educate nearly 3 million students. Arm yourself with these important talking points and data.
HIGHER ED COULD USE A HIGH-TECH REBIRTH… That’s what Yale professor David Gelernter writes in this thought-provoking Wall Street Journal piece. And here are our thoughts on how the feds can play a role in this higher ed rebirth!
SUE ME. Lately there’s been an increasing reaction of reform opponents is to sue over long resolved issues. Why? They have the money, the time and know we don’t! Take Louisiana, where unions’ challenge to charter funding is just another example of how far they’ll go to prevent parents from choosing the best schools for their kids. In North Carolina, a court battle is looming over education powers because voters elected a new reform-minded Superintendent in Mark Johnson, and the BLOB is not happy. But there’s good news in Florida, where a lawsuit brought on by supporters of the status quo is over, allowing the state’s tax credit scholarship program to continue helping 98,000 students and counting.