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    When Teachers Don't Teach At All...

    In a move that is hardly inspiring New York students to work hard and achieve greatness, the AP reports that you can now make $70,000 a year sitting around and doing nothing for eight hours a day. All you have to do is become an ineffective New York City public … More

    And They Can't Even Read Bills ...

    Talk about the audacity of  “nope.”  “When parents recognize which schools are failing to educate their children,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote in a guest column in The Wall Street Journal, “they will demand more effective options for their kids.” Americans “must close the achievement gap by pursuing what works … More

    The Big Labor Threat to Charter School Success

    Last week we helped detail how teachers unions were trying to kill the charter school movement in New York. Yesterday the New York Times profiled one teacher’s involvement in the big labor/school choice war: After months of soul-searching, Kashi Nelson left her career as an assistant principal in North Carolina … More

    Obama Should Look to Sweden for Education, Not Banks

    A month ago, Obama explored the notion of nationalizing the banks under the Swedish model. Instead of the Swedish banking model, Obama should look at the school voucher program in Sweden for inspiration. The Pacific Research Institute recently had a video Op-Ed on the New York times Web site explaining … More

    Morning Bell: Power to Parents, Not Feds

    Twelve years ago a Republican Congress and a Democrat president came together in a bipartisan fashion and passed one of the nation’s strongest charter school laws for the Washington, D.C., school system. The charter schools are publicly funded on a per-pupil basis and must accept any student who applies (if … More

    Congress Still Clueless On Education Reform

    Two stories from the Washington Post today provide a perfect contrast to how states and Congress approach education reform. First, Jay Matthews reports from New Orleans: The storm that swamped this city three years ago also effectively swept away a public school system with a dismal record and faint prospects … More

    Improving Educational Opportunities with Strong Charter School Laws

    The Center for Education Reform held a panel yesterday to discuss the status of charter school laws across the country. Leading experts from across the country offered insights about how to pass a strong charter school law that encourages innovation and greater parental choice in public education. Former Maryland Gov. … More

    National Charter Schools Week

    This week is “National Charter Schools Week,” and the Center for Education Reform has a number of ideas for how you can celebrate. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools also released a new poll finding: “More than three out of four voters (77%) favor giving parents more options when … More

    Common Sense Proving Not So Common in Georgia

    Last month we blogged on the remarkable progress Georgia had recently made in advancing equal opportunity in school choice. But now it appears that Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) is becoming a barrier to successful reform. Redstate‘s Erick Erickson reports: Georgia House Bill 881 is legislation in Georgia to help improve … More

    Celebrating Growth in Educational Choice

    This week is “National Charter Schools Week,” an opportunity to educate communities about the opportunities the charter school movement provides and celebrate the success of charter schools nation wide. Heritage scholar Dan Lips writes on charter schools in his paper School Choice: Policy Developments and National Participation Estimates in 2007–2008: … More