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Monday, March 5, 2012

Education reform updates

A girl in Rochester New York is pushed out of two public schools for writing an essay that blamed bad teaching on white teachers wanting to keep black students on the plantation. To be fair, its not being white that results in bad education for minority students, it is the edublob that doesn't want competition or innovation and spends every waking moment trying to make it impossible to fire bad teachers and hire good ones.

Yet another empirical study shows school choice works and improves student achievement. My count maybe off but it is something like 11 out of 12 random assignment studies on school choice show students benefit (higher test scores / higher graduation rates / lower incarceration rates / increased likelihood of attending college).  The science is clear...very clear... yet politics, led by the teacher union, and followed by the Democrat party, continues to stand in the way of meaningful reform (note: a vocal and growing minority within the Democrat party now advocates for school choice!)

My friend and mentor, Dr. Mathew Ladner, published his Report Card on American Education. Read it and be a little worried.

The Friedman Foundation published their 2012 ABC's of School Choice book, showing that 2011 was an amazing year for the growth in school choice programs. Yours truly provided some of the background researcher for the report.