New polling shows COVID-19 shifted California voters’ opinions on schools

By Chantal Lovell
06/02/2021
Majority think public schools are failing minority students, want more choice June 2, 2021 – TUSTIN, Calif. – After more than a year of school closures, new polling suggests California voters – and importantly, parents – are ready for more choices in public education. Statewide polling commissioned by the California Policy Center (CPC) found that,...

TAGS: Covid, Education Savings Accounts, ESA, school choice, teachers union

School Choice Initiative Quietly Gathers Support

By Edward Ring
01/27/2021
In the November 2020 election, California’s powerful teachers’ unions spent over $20 million promoting Prop. 15, which would have increased taxes on commercial properties. Other unions, mostly in the public sector, spent another $17 million to promote Prop. 15. But voters weren’t buying it. Prop. 15 failed. Overall, in November 2020, California’s government unions spent nearly $70...

TAGS: Charter schools, Education Savings Accounts, school choice

Worst Virginia

By Larry Sand
02/26/2019
Legislators in the Mountain State buckle to the teachers union.  In aggregate, West Virginia’s public schools are not very good. According to the state scorecard, 88 percent of the state’s 116 high schools “do not meet standards” in math. Furthermore, the state’s eighth graders rank 45th nationwide in reading as per the 2017 National Assessment...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Education Savings Accounts, Larry Sand, school choice, teachers union, vouchers

Casting Pearls Before Caputo

By Larry Sand
02/19/2019
Conflating regulation with accountability, teacher union leaders continue their deceptive talking points. While it’s up for grabs who originated the saying, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” Alex Caputo-Pearl is certainly one of its modern-day avatars. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation for Children, Andrew Gillum, Corey DeAngelis, EdChoice, Education Savings Accounts, James Shuls, Larry Sand, Pell Grants, Ron DeSantis, school choice, tax credit scholarship, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, vouchers

California Ed-doctrination

By Larry Sand
10/30/2018
Indoctrination in government schools is a big problem; giving parents choices can solve it. Recently in southern California, a public high school student was given an assignment in English class to pick an issue and make an argument for and against it. The 16-year-old decided to do her essay on the Dreamers. But her teacher...

TAGS: Education Savings Accounts, Howard Zinn, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, school choice, Stephen Sawchuk, tax-credit scholarships, vouchers

Our soldiers deserve educational freedom

By Larry Sand
06/05/2018
  In spite of teacher union attempts to deny them, Education Savings Accounts for military families are needed. A bill proposed by Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) directs the Department of Education to establish a program that would “provide children with parents on active duty in the uniformed services with funds for specified educational purposes.”...

TAGS: EdChoice, Education Savings Accounts, G.I. Bill, Heritage Foundation, Jonathan Butcher, Lance Izumi, Larry Sand, National Education Association, school choice, teachers union, vouchers

Support our troops? Support education choice for their kids

By Craig Alexander
04/04/2018
MOVE OUT: U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton, California, preparing for deployment, Oct. 24, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl Anabel Abreu Rodriguez) Among the many burdens we place on military families, there’s frequent re-location from one military duty station to another – one year you’re in North Carolina, the next in Southern California or...

TAGS: Education Savings Accounts, school choice

ALEC, ISTA and Indiana

By Larry Sand
08/02/2016
The teachers unions continue to pound the anti-ALEC drum, this year in the Hoosier State. The American Legislative Exchange Council is an organization of state legislators, business leaders and other concerned Americans dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. In the education sphere, ALEC holds that parents should be in charge...

TAGS: ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, EdChoice, Education Savings Accounts, Indiana State Teachers Association, Koch Brothers, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, Mike Pence, National Education Association, Rebecca Friedrichs, school choice, Scott Walker, tax-credit scholarships, teachers union, vouchers

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts: Arizona Creates Meaningful Change

By R. Claire Friend
09/04/2014
The system of government-controlled public education has failed in its mandated task to prepare America’s youth for adulthood. High school graduates are grossly undereducated and unprepared for work, career and responsible citizenship. The failure is recorded in their poor scores on international assessments of academic competence. Numerous studies have demonstrated the continuing decline in high...

TAGS: Education Savings Accounts, Friedman Foundation