New York City GOP mayoral candidate Paul Massey is unveiling an education plan that would champion school choice and bring back some Bloomberg-era policies — including reinstating A-to-F report cards to grade public schools. The Massey plan calls for lifting the cap on charter schools and providing charters equal funding with traditional public schools.
Who would attempt to create a new school knowing that they have no guarantee of funding?
The first charter school law in America was enacted in 1991 in Minnesota. A quarter of a century later, there are nearly three million students attending more than 7,000 charter schools in 43 states and the District of Columbia. But there’s a right way and a wrong way for a state to join the charter school movement. And despite the prevailing winds, Kentucky appears to be about to do it the wrong way.
LOS ANGELES — It’s rare that Democrats are cast as puppets of the Trump administration. But on the issue of education, many Democrats who have long supported school choice are newly on the defensive within their party, forced to distance themselves from President Donald Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
Teachers unions and others are attacking charter supporters in California, New York and New Jersey for doing the administration’s ‘dirty work.’
Today is Good Friday, the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a solemn commemoration and it’s also a legal holiday around much of the world. According to the gospels, Jesus was betrayed by Judas on the night of the Last Supper, commemorated on Holy Thursday. The morning following Christ’s arrest, he was brought before Annas, a powerful Jewish cleric. Annas condemned Jesus for blasphemy for refusing to repudiate Annas’ words that He was the Son of God. From there, Jesus was sent to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province, who put Jesus to death.
When the Romans killed Jesus, they must have felt pretty good about themselves. “Well, that’s that, problem solved,” Pontius must have said to himself after Jesus was crucified. “That’s the end of Christianity. Paganism will triumph for all of time.” What he and the other protectors of the status quo didn’t realize at the time is that history was not on their side. Jesus had a core following who not only believed strongly they were on the right side of history, but that they had the moral high ground based on a belief in justice. Jesus and his followers were advocates for the downtrodden and the voiceless of his time. And they won because the indefensible can’t be defended for eternity.
What does Good Friday have to do with charter schools and school choice, you might ask? History is littered with examples where defenders of the status quo fight to prevent the inevitable.