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

By Chantal Lovell
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

Young minds, bureaucrats and union bosses

By Larry Sand
School choice is advancing, but the monopolists continue to defend a failing system. As I mentioned in last week’s post, the latest bogus anti-school choice study being touted by the National Education Association was released in June. The report from the Network for Public Education (NPE) and the Schott Foundation contains all the usual gasp-worthy...

TAGS: Cato Institute, Corey DeAngelis, EdChoice, Education Next, ESA, Greg Forster, Larry Sand, Network for Public Education, Patrick Wolf, privatization, school choice, teachers union, vouchers

Postpartum choice

By Larry Sand
As we celebrate National School Choice Week, some data, news and questions about the private option. Though the usual suspects are resolute as ever, school choice is advancing. There are now 469,000 students enrolled in 63 different private school choice programs in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Between 2013 and 2015, enrollment at private schools...

TAGS: Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers Union, education savings account, ESA, Larry Sand, National Education Association, National School Choice Week, Pell Grants, Service Employees International Union, tax credit scholarship, teachers union

Two Guys Walk into a Party….

By Larry Sand
Debunking teacher union talking points about school choice. Okay, so you’re at a cocktail party sipping brandy, and some rabid teacher union supporter starts mouthing off about Trump, DeVos, the evils of vouchers and, at the same time, waxing ecstatic about the glories of our traditional zip-code monopoly education system (Z MES). Now, you might...

TAGS: Betsy DeVos, EdChoice, education savings account, ESA, Greg Forster, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association, school choice, teachers union, voucher

Nevada Electrifies the School Choice Movement

By Larry Sand
The state known for flashy neon, quickie divorces and Wayne Newton shows is now ground zero for private school choice. On its website, the Nevada State Education Association informs us that vouchers (and other private school options) are unworthy because, among other things, they offer “no real ‘choice’ for the overwhelming majority of students.” This...

TAGS: education savings account, ESA, Friedman Foundation, Greg Forster, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association, Robert Enlow, teachers union, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris