School Vouchers Are a ‘False Road,’ and There’s Data to Prove It

by Jeff Bryant – “We’ve not done enough to help kids at the lower end of the socio-economic rungs,” says labor economist and Stanford University professor Martin Carnoy. It’s not an accident these families, particularly in the African American community, are demanding vouchers, charters, and other forms of choice. But it’s a false road, and one that’s more apt to result in proponents of choice, when faced with the negative consequences of their ideas, turning back on these lower-served communities and saying to them, ‘Well, we gave you a choice. It’s your own fault if you chose the wrong one.’ With President Donald Trump’s appointment of billionaire “school choice” champion Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, there’s strong speculation in the media that some sort of school voucher plan that allows parents to withdraw their children from public schools and send them to private schools at taxpayer expense will be...

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Ignorance and Arrogance – the Defining Characteristics of the Betsy DeVos Hearing

by Steven Singer – Betsy DeVos wouldn’t commit to protecting students with special needs. She wouldn’t commit to keeping guns out of school campuses. She wouldn’t commit to holding charter and voucher schools to the same standards as traditional public schools. She didn’t know the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was a federal law. And she couldn’t explain the difference between proficiency and growth. That’s your nominee for Secretary of Education, America! During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) tonight, DeVos showed herself to be hopelessly out of her depth. She tried to cover her ignorance by being noncommittal. But it was obvious that she had no idea what she was talking about more than half the time. And far from being a fair arbiter, Senator Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairperson of the committee, did everything he could to shield her from further...

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