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  • Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Vouchers Work

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Principal Investigator for the Institute of Education Sciences Study at the University of Arkansas Patrick Wolf is the last witness to testify. He is the academic researcher who led the federally mandated evaluation. He says that this is the largest randomized experiment of a school … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: School Choice Was Not Forced on District

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Former-Mayor Tony Williams is the first speaker on panel two. He takes on the common charge that the voucher program was forced on the district by the congress. He says that’s not true, listing the broad support the program had among district leaders at the … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: The Cowardice of Big Labor

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Sen. George Voinivich (R-OH) is giving his statement. He talks about the history. He explains how he signed into law the Cleveland school voucher program as governor. He explains how he had to fight the special interest groups like the NEA. He says that the … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Safety Should Be a Top Priority

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Tiffany Dunston says the opportunity scholarship has allowed her to go to college. Sen Lieberman pointed out that she was a valedictorian at arch Bishop Carroll high school. She explains that her nephew, who was on track to go to college, was killed too. She … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Secretary Duncan's Hypocrisy

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Latasha Bennett is the first witness to testify. She explains that she has two children. One is a scholarship student in elementary school. Her younger child is entering kindergarten and can’t get a scholarship. She explains that she is disabled and unable to work and … More

    Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Big Labor Doesn't Bother Defending Themselves

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) opening statement paraphrased: We tried to make this a balanced hearing, and we invited six represenatitves if the opposition, but no one agreed to testify against it. He noted that they would hear from the evaluator who conducted the department of … More

    Washington Post: Continue the School Choice Program that Works

    The Washington Post published another excellent editorial highlighting yesterday’s school choice rally in D.C. and the news that the Obama administration now supports allowing students currently in the scholarship program to continue in their provide schools: Powerful evidence of the worth of the D.C. school voucher program was on display … More

    Bringing the Best and Brightest into the Classroom

    Derrell Bradford of Excellent Education for Everyone highlights a disturbing finding from the New Jersey Department of Education at NJ.com—a majority of NJ students who failed the high school exit exam (described by state education commission as “middle school level”) had apparently taken and passed courses in Geometry, Algebra I … More

    WaPo: Why deny D.C. Children What Special-Needs Students Get?

    This morning, the editors of the Washington Post once again highlighted the need to give disadvantaged families the power to choose the right school for their children: The Supreme Court will hear arguments today about the use of public money for the private schooling of children with special needs. It’s … More

    Secretary Duncan’s Lost Moral Authority

    Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, Education Secretary Arne Duncan argued that the focus of school reform efforts should be doing what’s best for kids: “We must close the achievement gap by pursuing what works best for kids, regardless of ideology. In the path to a better education … More