Parents Need a Private School Option When Public Schools Fail

By Larry Sand
As the need for vouchers increases, the politics of school privatization gets interestinger and interestinger. “Some NYC teachers: ‘Don’t send your kids here!’” screamed the headline in a New York Post article last week. The damning story goes on to explain how over 80 percent of the teachers in eight public schools – including charters...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Education Next, Fordham Institute, Friedman Foundation, Gloria Romero, Hillary Clinton, Howard Fuller, Kevin Chavous, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, voucher, Whitney Tilson

Walton, Weingarten and Orwell

By Larry Sand
The Walton Foundation has donated millions to help charter schools prosper, but that’s a bad thing according to the teachers unions. It’s no secret that the Walton Family Foundation is a major donor to charter schools. In 2013, it donated over $70 million to these special public schools and charter management organizations across the country....

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Charter schools, Dennis Van Roekel, Eva Moskowitz, George Orwell, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union, United Federation of Teachers, Whitney Tilson

The Parent Revolution and the Ancien Régime

By Larry Sand
The ongoing battle between parents and the union-dominated education blob heats up in California. California state senator Gloria Romero’s Parent Trigger law has been around for over three years now, and its progress has been slow but steady. The law stipulates that if 50 percent +1 of the parents of children in a failing school...

TAGS: Alexander Russo, American Federation of Teachers, Ben Austin, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Diane Ravitch, Gloria Romero, Larry Sand, Parent Trigger, Randi Weingarten, Rick Hess, RiShawn Biddle, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, Warren Fletcher, Whitney Tilson