Where Is Arkansas In All This School Choice Stuff?

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The following is the third in a series of guest articles from Greg George, an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA): In my final blog post for National School Choice Week, I’d like to give you all a current snapshot of school choice in Arkansas. School choice ultimately comes down to ‘parent power.’ The Center for Education Reform (CER) continuously monitors the status of educational choice across all 50 states via their “Parent Power Index.” … [Read more...]

What Does America Think Of School Choice?

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The following is the second in a series of guest articles from Greg George, an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA): For my second education reform article, as part of National School Choice Week, I want to address national trends. What is happening in school choice across the country today? The Center for Education Reform, a leading advocate for choice programs, recently released their latest survey: America’s Attitudes Towards Education … [Read more...]

Why Is School Choice Important?

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The following is the first in a series of guest articles from Greg George, an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA): This week marks the celebration of National School Choice Week, which provides an opportunity to showcase how empowering parents through more choices improves education. Participants in National School Choice Week support a variety of school choice options — from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet … [Read more...]

What Is School Choice?

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The following is a guest article from Stefani Buhajla: What is school choice? I thought I knew the answer to that question until recently when I had the privilege of attending a two-day conference on this topic, hosted by The Franklin Center in Milwaukee. My only previous experience with school choice was when my daughter was in 3rd grade. She was attending our local public elementary school which happened to be on the “at risk of failing” list. (If by “at risk” you mean teaching kids you can … [Read more...]

Dan Sullivan, Unfiltered

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On Friday, I sat down with Jonesboro state Senate candidate Dan Sullivan. Sullivan is running for the Republican nomination in the special election for Senate District 21. The vacancy was created after former Senator Paul Bookout resigned amid ethics violations. I contacted Sullivan to learn where he stands on major policy issues and why he’s running for state Senate. These are generally critical elements of any political campaign. Unfortunately, after our discussion, I’m afraid I have no … [Read more...]

Jeb Bush Speaks to Arkansas Media

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was in town today to kickoff the A+ Arkansas education rally. Afterwards, he spoke with reporters. Below is a little video I snagged of the Q&A. He had some very interesting things to say, including some comments about the 2014 gubernatorial race (sorry for the poor audio quality -- if you makes you feel any better, I was standing right there and could barely hear): … [Read more...]

Let’s Make Arkansas #1 in Education!

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I know we’re already “5th in education” in Arkansas, so we should probably just declare victory and move on to other more meaningful tasks, like entrapping 35% of Arkansans in the Medicaid program. But, just in case that ranking is wrong and, I dunno, we’re actually 34th in achievement, maybe we should talk about some ideas for improving Arkansas’ edukashion sistem? Ya know, jest in kase. Good news: the folks at the Arkansas Reform Alliance are on it! In fact, they’re hosting an education … [Read more...]

Time for School Choice in Arkansas?

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A recent news report detailed a widespread cheating ring that included three southern states, including Arkansas. But it wasn’t the students who were cheating this time -- it was the teachers. A federal investigation uncovered 15 years of mass fraud in the public school licensing system. Apparently, teachers were hiring stand-ins to take their licensing exams for them -- and many of these teachers were in Arkansas. In response to the news, The Daily Caller’s Robby Soave sat down with … [Read more...]