Teachers unions are losing the battle over charter schools.
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For many conservative and libertarians in the school choice movement, Obama’s effort to expand charter schools is no substitute for vouchers. The presence of the federal government in dictating state decision-making further assaults their senses. Cato’s Neil McCluskey complains that Race to the Top is “this is just another escalation of politicized, destructive, federal education interference.” Mike Petrilli, a former Education Department official and now vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, calls the entire package “Washington Knows Best at its worst.”
Yet Race to the Top is no different than previous efforts by presidents to use federal funds to change state behavior, including raising the drinking age from 18 to 21, and No Child itself. More importantly, if federal money is to be spent on state priorities, then Washington must set the rules for how the money is to be spent. As Robert F. Kennedy prophesized in 1965 during the debate over the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — and as borne over the five decades after its passage — states will waste money if the federal government doesn’t hold them accountable.
In light of the abysmal graduation rates in the nation’s high schools, expanding choice by any means necessary may not be such a bad thing.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?