by | Oct 25, 2018

Late last year, billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced his foundation would spend another $1.7 billion on public education initiatives over the next five years. Toward the end of his announcement, though, Mr. Gates said something revealing. He…

by | Mar 26, 2018

One of President Trump’s promises to the American people was that he would provide billions to fund private school choice for parents, especially low-income families. By allocating zero dollars for school choice, congressional Republicans, in their $1.3 trillion spending bill,…

by | Aug 31, 2017

How would consumers react to the state mandating that Americans shop at only the supermarket nearest to them? When the corner market corners the market, it can offer inferior products, inflate prices, and treat customers as pests instead of patrons….

by | Aug 8, 2017

The evidence is clear that charter schools increase academic performance among students they serve. Some wonder, though, about charter schools’ impact on nearby public schools. Is it possible that charters harm their traditional district counterparts? A new study from Temple University answers this…

by | Apr 25, 2017

Capitalism’s two centuries have proved competition is its essential element. No place in America’s 21st century demonstrates this like its educational system. On the positive side stands America’s world-leading college system; on the other stands America’s world-lagging public school system….

by | Feb 14, 2017

The bad thing about elective politics (not the only bad thing; there’s a long list) is the philosophical and, especially, rhetorical extremes into which it squeezes differently minded folk, who, more and more frequently, find themselves saying things like: “You…

by | Feb 1, 2017

Public schools beleaguered by waves of refugees will get a breather thanks to President Trump’s executive order suspending refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days. And under Trump’s new policy, when the U.S. re-opens its doors to refugees, local…

by | Jan 20, 2017

About a century ago, the Ku Klux Klan spearheaded a coalition of anti-Catholic organizations in Nebraska to lobby the state legislature to pass a law that would ban public school teachers from wearing religious insignia or garb in the classroom….

by | Sep 19, 2016

This month about 35 million children will arrive at 98,000 public elementary schools nationwide, and James A. Garfield Elementary is one of them. Parents want Garfield to be a happy place, and by and large it is. The principal calls…

by | May 7, 2014

People who follow politics, even casually, learn not to expect high moral standards from politicians. But there are some outrages that show a new low, even for politicians. Among the consequences of Democrats’ recent election victories, especially at the state…

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