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Charter Schools & Parents’ Rights

By Mike Kapic / January 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Charter Schools & Parents’ Rights

We Hear You: In Defense of Charter Schools and Parents’ Rights Letter to the Editor: Ken McIntyre – January 05, 2020 “Not one of my really, really underpaid teachers in underfunded schools ever told me America was never as great as it claims,” Peggy Wlliams writes. Dear Daily Signal: Daniel Davis’s podcast interview with charter schools…

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School Choice

By Mike Kapic / October 29, 2019 / Comments Off on School Choice

WSJ October 19, 2019 Florida’s Reform Momentum By The Editorial Board | 572 words For policy consequences, the most important election in 2018 might have been Florida’s contest for Governor. Now we’re seeing the results, as Republican Ron DeSantis expands school vouchers and has already remade the state Supreme Court. With little fanfare this autumn,…

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The Root of Education’s Problem

By Mike Kapic / January 16, 2019 / Comments Off on The Root of Education’s Problem

It’s Not Money Causing Teachers To Leave Their Jobs In Droves, It’s People Money is not at the root of America’s education problem. The true root of the issue lies with the human participants. By Justin McClinton JANUARY 8, 2019 The Wall Street Journal recently framed the record number of teachers leaving the profession as the result…

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Mayor Hampers Fruitful School

By Mike Kapic / November 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Mayor Hampers Fruitful School

WSJ November 17, 2018 A Mayor Seeks to Stymie His City’s Only Successful School By Tunku Varadarajan| 794 words New Bedford, Mass. Ivyanna, Moises, Jenielys, Giselly. The names on the bulletin board of a kindergarten classroom reveal the notably Hispanic demographics of Alma del Mar, a K-8 charter public school in this blighted city that…

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Dangerous Public Schools

By Mike Kapic / October 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Dangerous Public Schools

Why Putting Your Kids In Public Schools Is Now More Dangerous Than Ever Polls find the majority of U.S. parents don’t want to put their kids in public schools, but most do anyway. A new book explains why they should stop, and here’s a gameplan for achieving that. By Joy Pullmann SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 When I was…

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Charter Schools & Parents’ Rights

We Hear You: In Defense of Charter Schools and Parents’ Rights

Letter to the Editor: Ken McIntyre – January 05, 2020

“Not one of my really, really underpaid teachers in underfunded schools ever told me America was never as great as it claims,” Peggy Wlliams writes.

Dear Daily Signal: Daniel Davis’s podcast interview with charter schools advocate Charles Mitchell (“In Pennsylvania, a War on Charter Schools”) also reflects, although to a lesser extent perhaps, a war for many Arizonans too. This is especially so for those in the big cities such as Phoenix, but even in some smaller towns in the state.

Parents in Arizona are not happy with:

—What their kids aren’t learning in public schools. Computers seem to do a lot of the teaching in some schools these days.

—What their kids are learning, like “America was never as great as it claims to have been” and ditto its Founding Fathers.

—Sensing that their kids are not safe in some schools, where bullying and threats from other students are major problems, especially if the kids are from homes of churchgoing families and/or the school is in a rough neighborhood. And now we have school shootings added to the mix.

As a result, many parents are putting their kids in church schools or charter schools, and even doing homeschooling (doing a good job of it, too, in many instances).

Public schools want the charter schools closed because they get funds from the state (based on the number of students served) that the public schools think they should be getting.

When I was a kid in the Great Depression, I went through four different kinds of schools: a Catholic school (I’m not Catholic, but it was just a block from our apartment) and a public school in a small New Mexico town; a two-teacher country school and a high school in a Mormon community in Arizona.

I learned a lot from each one of them and not a one of those really, really underpaid teachers in underfunded schools ever told me America was never as great as it claims to have been.

They taught us this country was a great place to be, and it would be up to us to keep it that way when we grew up. We haven’t exactly lived up to their expectations, have we?—Peggy Williams, Arizona

Editor’s note: One of The Daily Signal’s new year’s resolutions is to inspire you to write us about our coverage and what’s on your minds. So drop a line to letters@dailysignal.com.Ken McIntyre

[This is an excerpt from a Daily Signal article]

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