Tag: School Choice

Advice for Betsy DeVos From Canada

This essay originally appeared in Education Week Vo. 36, No.20 on February 2017. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. Good public education doesn’t require uniformity The newly confirmed U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, will take office during a tumultuous time in American education. As a school-choice advocate, she is well-positioned …

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More Choices for Parents?

The US educational landscape moved into a new and potentially significant direction last week with the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary in the new Trump Administration. Some in non-public (defined in various ways as parochial, or parent controlled, or private) education as well as those in charter schools were delighted with the choice, …

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Education Savings Accounts

Education Savings Accounts - Do I want one?  Education savings accounts may be the best vehicle for supporting school choice. Take three minutes and watch this video from the Wall Street Journal to become better educated about ESAs as an opportunity to put educational responsibility back in the hands, heads, and hearts of parents.

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Affordability & Christian School Choice

School choice is a popular conversation with Christian parents of school age children. A common element of discussion is often related to the parent’s views on mission as it relates to their involvement with the public school and the public square in general. It is interesting to see how this view of engagement can be …

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Charter Schools: The False Choice (Part I)

“Charter schools are the devil,” I blurted out as I listened long enough to two friends talk about the new push for a Three Sector policy approach to educational change in the United States.  After they got over their astonishment at my statement realizing it was another one of my strong opinions, they asked for …

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Saving Money for Public Education through Christian Schooling?

Jeff Spalding, former CFO for the City of Indianapolis and current  director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, published an interesting blog post last week titled If you think expanding school choice is expensive. I found his examples intriguing as they stimulated some good discussion around the question of whether we can really …

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School Choice in My State? Really?

I am guessing that if one would survey random citizens as they walk the downtown streets in your community asking the question, “Does our state have school choice legislation?”, you would receive some interesting responses. A fair guess would be that most would not be aware of school choice legislation in their state. The Friedman …

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