Limiting Education Choices

After several weeks of trying to teach my second grader how to ride a bicycle, I became pretty frustrated. I tried instructing Gracie the same way my parents taught me when I was 6. But I couldn’t understand what was going wrong. My poor mother must have run miles up and down West Street in […]

School Districts: Separate But Equal?

In 1954, in Brown vs Board of Education, schools were force to be integrated with the ruling that government sanctioned segregation by race was unconstitutional.  [Emphasis mine] Summary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, 74 S. Ct. 686, 98 L. Ed. 873 (1954). Issue Is the race-based segregation of children into […]

Columnist says public schools can’t improve as long as unions fight for the status quo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a recent Detroit News editorial, Richard Berman puts the blame of America’s troubled education system exactly where it belongs: on the teachers unions. Berman, executive director for the Center for Union Facts, explains how union work rules and contract clauses are hurting public schools by limiting principals’ staffing options and protecting poor or […]

Opportunity Scholarship Program helps D. C. families

By Mary C. Tillotson When her oldest daughter received a scholarship through the Washington, D.C.,Opportunity Scholarship Program, Adrienne Lynch said it was like she’d won the lottery. “It was truly exciting because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pay for that tuition alone. I was a single mom,” Lynch said. “It was a great relief. At that […]

Illinois Charter Public Schools Answer Parents’ Demand for More High-Quality Schools

CHICAGO –The Illinois Network of Charter Schools is pleased to announce that 15 new charter school campuses will open their doors in Chicago for the 2013-2014 school year, bringing the total number of charter public schools in Chicago. Illinois Charter Public Schools Answer Parents’ Demand for More High-Quality Schoolsago to 130 campuses. Chicago charter public schools […]

Back-to-School Symposium: A Closer Look at the Hot Button Educational Issues: Common Core and School Choice

Please join hundreds of other parents, activists, policymakers and concerned citizens for a Wisconsin/Illinois Back to School Symposium hosted jointly by American Majority Action and Heritage Action for AmericaPanel Discussions with Policy LeadersLegislative Updates from the Elected OfficialsTactical Workshops Networking with other Concerned Citizens Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:30 – 4pm Brat Stop – Parkway […]

Chicago School Closings Highlight Need for Choice

Chicago Public Schools has chosen to close 54 schools, co-locating 11 more and having a completely new staff in 7. These closures make it harder for the children on charter school waiting lists to get out of the failing schools. Here are few sobering statistics from the Chicago Tribune on Chicago Public Schools: 8,781 students dropped out […]

Indiana Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Constitutional

INDIANAPOLIS — The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice hailed today’s ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court, which declared the state’s school voucher program constitutional. The announcement ends a nearly two-year-long review of the nation’s largest voucher initiative, for which more than half of the state’s student population qualifies. The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the program […]

Elgin U-46 Will Reject Virtual Charter School

I attended the Elgin U-46 School Board meeting tonight to express my opinion and to listen to the information on the Illinois Virtual Charter School at Fox River Valley Charter school presentation. It was clear from the questioning of the board and the seemingly scripts public comment from teachers and union members that the Charter […]

The American Dream Starts With a Quality Education

People from around the world come to the United States for a better life. They understand the greatness and uniqueness to our country and want to live the American Dream. A quality education is the starting point for their children to obtain the American Dream. There are many stories of parents who will do whatever […]