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Articles tagged with opinion

The harm of school vouchers

David A. Pickler

David A. Pickler, President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and member of Tennessee’s Shelby County Board of Education, was featured in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet today discussing the failures of school voucher schemes and the impact of the recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling deeming their state’s school voucher program unconstitutional.

Pickler noted:

Imagine a state outsourcing the education of its disadvantaged children to dozens of private entities, asking for only minimal updates on the students’ learning and their financial management of taxpayers’ dollars.

This happened in Louisiana last year, when Gov. Bobby Jindal and his allies in the state legislature rammed through a school voucher bill that diminished communities’ schools and their students by siphoning off public funds to private, parochial, and for-profit enterprises.

But the Louisiana Supreme Court recently took a strong stand for public education across the country when it deemed the funding for that plan unconstitutional in a 6-1 ruling.

Read Pickler’s complete commentary on The Washington Post’s website.

Alexis Rice|May 20th, 2013|Categories: School Vouchers, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Legislative advocacy, Federal Advocacy, Public Advocacy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

More opinions than facts in debate about teacher impact in education reform

IMG_8381Many excellent points are made in “Why Blame the Teachers?” this week’s “Room for Debate” forum in The New York Times.  But a lot of these are just opinions, the kind of thing you would expect from this type of discussion.  

An exception is the essay by author Diane Ravitch, who spoke last month at NSBA’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. She backs up her argument that, yes, teachers are being unfairly targeted, with two disturbing facts.

#One is that No Child Left Behind’s goal of having every child rated “proficient” – truly proficient — by 2014 is, by nature, unattainable.

In a world where students come to school with differing backgrounds, abilities, and challenges, the only way to deem them all “proficient” would be to make the tests easy enough for all to pass.

Naomi Dillon|March 8th, 2011|Categories: Teachers, Student Achievement, Policy Formation, Assessment, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |
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