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 8, 2017

It was a squeaker, but what is important is the outcome. When I heard the appointment, I knew there would be trouble. The extensive DeVos family, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is part of the donor class, as has been…

by | Feb 4, 2017

In just a matter of days — perhaps next Monday — a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the very troubled area of race relations in America. An…

by | Jan 18, 2017

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has moved school choice to America’s center stage, where it belongs. National School Choice Week, happening during the final week of January, will likely keep the…

by | Oct 19, 2016

It is never easy to tell what people’s motives are. But, when the political left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues from…

by | Oct 19, 2016

The Nevada Supreme Court’s September ruling declaring education savings accounts (ESAs) constitutional is great news for students in the Silver State and for students across the country as well. Nevada’s ESA program, enacted in 2015 and launched in 2016, grants…

by | Sep 27, 2016

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, “I…

by | Sep 14, 2016

Bad teachers. We’ve all had one. A Connecticut judge is ordering the state to stop spending money on teachers who can’t or won’t teach. State Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled last week that Connecticut must overhaul how it evaluates…

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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