Miss Virginia Makes the Grade

By Larry Sand
Hollywood gives school choice a fair, positive representation.  Inspired by a true story, Miss Virginia is the saga of Virginia Walden Ford, the force behind the Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a voucher program that lets low-income parents use public funding to send their children to private schools. Set in 2003, the film portrays Virginia,...

TAGS: D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Greg Forster, Larry Sand, National School Choice Week, Nick Gillespie, vouchers

The endless teacher salary lies

By Larry Sand
Using the “pay penalty” canard, the education establishment enflames teacher anger and accords them victim status. “‘I Work 3 Jobs and Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America” begs for your sympathy. Then, of course, you are supposed to get righteously angry! But looking...

TAGS: Act 10, Barbara Biasi, Benjamin Scafidi, Cato Institute, Economic Policy Institute, EdChoice, free market, Larry Sand, Lee Saunders, Nick Gillespie, Randi Weingarten, Richard Trumka, Robert Enlow, Scott Walker, teachers union

Google’s fail and teacher jail

By Larry Sand
Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored. Without going through another weedy analysis of James Damore’s firing from Google – Holman Jenkins, George Leef and Nick Gillespie have done a fine job of that – let’s just say the Silicon Valley engineer was canned for stating what most scientists and...

TAGS: AB 215, George Leef, Larry Sand, Nick Gillespie, teacher jail, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Sweatshops, Walmart, TFA, Bart Simpson and Hams for Hanukkah

By Larry Sand
Teachers unions are busier than ever pointing fingers, forming loopy alliances and making embarrassing gaffes. A couple of weeks ago Massie Ritsch, assistant communications and outreach point man for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left his job to take a similar position at Teach For America. And not a moment too soon! As I wrote last...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Arne Duncan, EAG, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, Nick Gillespie, Randi Weingarten, Rick Hess, Teach For America, teachers union