A step in the right direction.
A new study done by policy group Save Our States has discovered that publicly funded charter schools cost taxpayer less money in New York City than traditional public schools - by a margin of over $3000 per student. The information could help voters decide the upcoming NYC mayoral election.
I wrote recently how teachers unions, parent-teacher associations and school bureaucrats form an education "Blob" that makes it hard to improve schools. They also take revenge on those who work around the Blob.
It is a commonplace, but one that most of us ignore: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Among the many education-related ballot proposals this election is Amendment 1 in Georgia. The proposed constitutional amendment would reauthorize an independent board to approve charter schools. Currently, school districts are able to regulate charters, thereby limiting their competition.
The reaction to 'Won't Back Down' has shown a growing divide between Democrats who support real education reform and teachers unions.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat.
The charter school movement was presented to the American people as a way to have more parental control over public school education. Charter schools are public schools financed by local taxpayers and federal grants.
Would any concerned parent willingly send their children to an average public school in this country if there was an option available?
Much political noise has been made about providing grants and/or loans for higher education. For minorities, these programs are seen as invitations for full participation in the American system.
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