The Role of the Charter School Authorizer

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, December 28. Bob Bowdon Lisa Keegan is currently on the board of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.  She speaks here about the goals of that group. Previously, Ms. Keegan was elected as both an...

Mike Van Beek: MI Right-to-Work is ‘Huge’

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, December 14. Bob Bowdon This week Michigan passed right-to-work legislation.  How did it affect public school teachers? I posed that question to Michael Van Beek.  He is the Director of Education Policy at the...

Jeanne Allen on the State of Ed Reform

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Tuesday, December 11. Bob Bowdon At the Foundation for Excellence in Education conference in Washington, DC, I was able to sit down with Jeanne Allen, the President of the Center for Education Reform, to discuss the state...

IN Supreme Court Hears Anti-Voucher Case

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Thursday, December 6, 2012. Bob Bowdon At the Foundation for Excellence in Education conference in DC last week, I sat down with Robert Enlow of Friedman Foundation to talk about the lawsuit against vouchers, currently...

Breaking: Voucher Decision May Not Mean Much

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media Special Report on the Louisiana Voucher Decision, November 30th, 2012. Bob Bowdon The headlines broke today that District judge Tim Kelley had ruled Louisiana’s statewide vouchers unconstitutional.  But on closer inspection,...

PA State Senator to Introduce Parent Trigger Bill

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, November 30th. Bob Bowdon What is a Parent Trigger law?  The first one was passed in California.  It said that if over 50% of a particular school’s parents decide that the school is failing, they should have...

IN Ed Reformer Tony Bennett Loses Election

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, November 9th. Bob Bowdon Education reform was on the ballot for a number of states in this November election, and the results were a mixed bag.  Charter schools won big in Georgia, and apparently by a sliver in...

Georgia Voters Overrule Court on State Charters

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Wednesday, November 7th. Yesterday, voters in Georgia completed a process that had once been considered impossible — they overruled their own Georgia Supreme Court to legalize state authorized charter schools. It all...

Teacher Union Power: Ranked By State

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Monday, October 29th. No matter which state you’re living in, health care policy isn’t that much different.  The way electric utilities and garbage collection are run — pretty much the same everywhere...

New Site: The Consumer Reports of Schools

This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Monday, October 22nd. If you’re buying a car, you can go to CarAndDriver.com for reviews and information.  If you’re choosing a digital camera, it’s good to have a CNET.com around. But sometimes even the...

New STEM Program Pays Cash to Kids

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Thursday, October 18th. The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is a non-profit group tackling the chronic underperformance of American students in the so-called STEM studies (Science, Technology,...

Legal Action in NJ to Compel School Choice

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Wednesday, October 17th. Choice Media regulars know about how lawsuits have been used by the education establishment to stop school choice.  For example, statewide voucher laws have been sued in Colorado,...

Unions Sue to Stop Vouchers in Louisiana

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, October 12th. Imagine for a moment you have a job in a failing public school, and your state passed a new voucher law, which gives parents the option of pulling their kid out of your school and instead...

GA Schools Sued for Anti-Charter Campaign

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Wednesday, October 10th. On November 6th, the same day voters across the United States will be weighing in on a Presidential election. voters in Georgia will also be deciding whether the state should be allowed...

Audit Shows Baltimore District Wasting Millions

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Tuesday, October 9th. Another day, another large urban school system shown to be throwing away millions and millions of dollars, while crying poverty. Dateline Baltimore, Maryland, where an independent audit of...

CA Makes School Assessments More Subjective

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Friday, September 28th.  The education establishment will often say they support concept of teacher evaluation, but the word they use for an actual evaluation that holds people accountable is...

How Districts Spend Money, Lessons in FOIA

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Wednesday, September 26th.  As school districts across the country grapple with a bad economy, sometimes cutting teachers, somethings asking taxpayers to reach deeper into their pockets, there’s increased...

Pennsylvania Governor Pushing Charter Reform

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Tuesday, September 25th.  Pennsylvania already has 180 charter schools serving 105,000 students.  That may sound like a lot, but when you consider that another 44,000 Pennsylvania kids are on waiting lists for...

Students for Ed Reform Holds National Summit

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Monday, September 24th.  Any advertising professional knows the value of the young demographic.  Younger people are less likely to have solidified their buying habits about toothpaste, running shoes or casual...

Did the Chicago Teachers Union Win?

[powerpress] This is the Choice Media #EdReformMinute for Thursday, September 20th. The great Chicago teacher strike of 2012 has ended, and it’s time for Ed Reformers to look back and decide what really happened.  We know kids didn’t go to school for 7...

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