Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Here We Go Again... Why School Choice is not 'Choice'... It's Exclusion...

Here we go again. Another school choice advocate mispresenting the reality of school choice.

This Dallas Morning News Article provides a relevant example of the issues and the absurdity of some of the school choice arguments. 

School choice is not 'choice.' It's exclusion. Here's why - again.

People have 'choice' already. They can send their children to public school, private school or home school them.

People don't pay taxes to send their children to the public schools. The public pays taxes to support public schools that educate all students. Usually, there are no systematic enrollment caps, admission exams or other selective criteria.

Private schools and charter schools are not open enrollment schools. Many can and do restrict the type of students or number of students they enroll. Many have admission exams or other terms and conditions making enrollment selective resulting in the exclusion of students. 

Vouchers, where they exist, do not cover the full cost of non-public schools. Image for a moment a system where real school choice did exist - taxpayer funding for any child to attend any school of their choice no matter the cost. And, all those schools had to be open enrollment - no enrollment caps. Doesn't sound very manageable, does it?

School choice is not 'choice.' It's exclusion. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

You Have Read it Here Before... Vouchers don't fix the problem...

You have read it here before. Vouchers, like most current school reform initiatives, don't fix the problem because the problem isn't what happens in schools. In fact, school choice is more about exclusion than addressing our society's economic and social weaknesses mostly responsible for student achievement issues. The details of the failing voucher initiatives are here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Couldn't Have Said it Better... U.S. Public Schools Are NOT Failing... They are Among the Best in the World...

You heard it here before. Leadership Skill 101 - "Tell 'em, tell 'em what you told, tell 'em again."

"U.S. public are not failing. They are among the best in the world."

Click on the link.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New York State Common Core Assessments: Opt out... the only way to go...

It's that time of year again: To begin to decide whether to opt students out of 3-8 grade testing. Once again, the assessments in grades third through eighth grade are a waste of instructional time and critical funding. There is simply no good educational reason to take the assessments. They are accountability tests, they do help students learn better as the results are reported long after the tests.

Want to learn more? The information below is the best summary of the not so good, pretty bad, and ugly of the Common Core assessments. NOTE: Do not opt out of high school Regents exams. Some students in grades seven through eight take them. Click on this link or the document. It is two pages. 

Refusal forms are located here.

Thank you, NYSAPE (Clink the link for more information about the NYS Allies for Public Education), for leading this effort.