Randi Weingarten can parade through the media as a champion of children all she likes, but American parents would be correct to see right through it.
Hannah Smith ran for school board in her Texas community on a platform opposing critical race theory. Smith won, earning nearly 70% of the vote last month. “[T]he community turnout at this election really sent a message to our district and gave us a mandate going in to say, ‘We don’t want critical race theory … Continue reading She Won Her School Board Race by Opposing Critical Race Theory
It’s been more than a year since Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered all schools in the state closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ambleside School, a small, private K-8 school in McLean, Virginia, began instructing students at home. When last fall arrived and public schools remained closed, Ambleside—like other independent schools in the area—began teaching … Continue reading Not All Schools Have Struggled Amid Pandemic. Mine Reopened Last Fall and Students Are Thriving.
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its school reopening guidance in February, teachers unions lauded the new regulations. But one union’s plaudits likely didn’t come as a surprise to government officials, since it helped write at least two of those guidelines. The nonprofit watchdog group Americans for Public Trust, through a Freedom … Continue reading Collaboration Between CDC and Teachers Union Doesn’t Help Our Kids
The Biden administration’s recently released budget request would significantly expand the federal footprint on education through a greatly accelerated education spending spree. The administration requested nearly $103 billion for K-12 and higher education—a 41% funding increase—for the Department of Education. The president’s budget request includes significant funding increases for: School districts with students from low-income households, increasing Title I … Continue reading Biden’s Proposed Education Spending Spree Is Untenable, Unaffordable
A new study published by Ramsey Solutions has found that 53% of those who took out student loans to pay for school say they regret doing so. In fact, 43% of borrowers said they regret going to college altogether. “Student loans often lead to a sense of regret and feeling stuck,” the study concludes. “Those … Continue reading New Study Finds Half of Student Loan Borrowers Regret Going into Debt
B.L., a high school sophomore at a Pennsylvania public school, didn’t make the varsity cheerleading team. She took to Snapchat to voice her frustrations and posted a picture of herself and a friend holding up their middle fingers, adding a caption with some F‐bombs. When the picture was brought to the attention of the cheer coaches, B.L. was suspended from … Continue reading Public Schools Can’t Control Students’ Private Speech
School districts are slowly beginning to reopen in-person instruction after being closed for nearly a year—or, in many places, for over a year. While this is a wonderful development, it will never erase what parents experienced last year: uncertainty, inconsistency, and, in some cases, ineptitude from public schools. The events of the last year have demonstrated to many … Continue reading In a Rebuke to Teachers Unions, School Choice Is Going Gangbusters in the States
Illinois legislators last week voted in favor of enacting new “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” in the state’s teacher education programs. Beginning in October, all Illinois teacher training programs must start to reflect the new standards that focus on “systems of oppression,” with teacher trainees required to “understand that there are systems in our … Continue reading Woke Classrooms Show Why US Parents Should Be Free to Choose on Schools
My daughter had a friend over this week whose parents just took her out of public school for homeschooling, and my neighbor recently unenrolled her child from public school to homeschool for the rest of the academic year. These families are much more than local anecdotes—they are representative of a national trend. New Census Bureau … Continue reading New Census Data Show Homeschooling Tripled During the Pandemic—And One Key Group is Driving the Surge