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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Union-backed group claims choice is 'rooted in racism'

The union-backed Partnership for the Future of Learning has launched an anti-choice campaign charging that "voucher programs" are "deeply rooted in segregation, racism and discrimination," reports the Daily Caller. One of the partnership's partners is the National Education Association.


The Atlanta School Choice Expo introduced families to 60 schools.

Charter students typically are students of color from lower-income families. In 2021-22, 36.1 percent were Hispanic and 24.4 percent were black. As traditional public schools lose enrollment, charters are growing. Most of the gains come from Hispanic and black students.


More than 64 percent of Black and Hispanic parents said they considered a new school for their child this year, higher than the overall 54 percent rate, according to the National School Choice Awareness Foundation.


The anti-choice campaign charges that “private school voucher programs use public funds to pay for private education,” “allow discrimination by private education providers based on characteristics such as disability status, religion, and sexual orientation and gender identity,” increase “racial isolation” and lead to “worse educational outcomes for students.”


Black and Hispanic students learn more in reading and math in charter schools than similar students in traditional public schools, concludes a recent Stanford study by Stanford's CREDO.


This is School Choice Week. Activists are calling 2023 "the year of universal huge school choice," and more will be coming in 2024, predicts the Washington Examiner.


Arizona and West Virginia had already made virtually all children eligible for choice programs, and in 2023 Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Utah joined the club. Another eight states passed new laws establishing forms of choice for the first time or significantly (even if not universally) expanding availability of choice.

“We’ve had the biggest wins the school choice movement has ever witnessed,” American Federation for Children senior fellow Corey DeAngelis said. "The GOP has emerged as the Parents Party, with leaders engaging in friendly competition to empower all families with education freedom.”


Most parents "say they want more charter schools, more openings in charter schools, more education savings accounts, and the like," reports the Examiner.


Education savings accounts, which let parents spend public money for their child's learning needs, are the big story. Ten states have ESAs and more will launch this year. Some parents use ESAs to pay for private-school tuition, while others use the money to fund classes and enrichment activities for homeschooled children.


11 commentaires


Richard Rider
Richard Rider
26 janv.

My wife was a career public high school mentor teacher. But we sent our two sons to both public AND private K-12 schools, depending on the options available and the needs of our kids. We knew other teachers making the same decisions. Like us, they did so with their OWN MONEY.

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bkwormtoo
23 janv.

My experience in the realm of School Choice is in homeschooling, which has been accused of racism and other evil-ism. Just as many charter-schooling families are ethnic minorities, there are many ethnic-minority homeschooling families. For example, when the support group my wife and I co-founded grew to large for good interaction and individual support, we divided the group into home groups under the main group's umbrella, each with its own set of leaders. Among the leaders we selected and were willing were several were not "white". They were chosen because of their experience in homeschooling and a willingness to help others. In the broader context of homeschooling in California, my wife and I volunteered at several regional and statewide conventions,…

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Richard Rider
Richard Rider
22 janv.

"Newsom is touting that his budget won’t reduce the amount of per pupil spending — $23,519 per student — while ignoring that a shocking number of schools have lost significant student population. So he’s proposing that California continue to pay the same amount to teach fewer students — without putting anything in place to hold anyone accountable for the poor school performance that is driving families out of our K-12 schools.

"Plus, we won’t know what the actual school enrollment numbers are until April. It’s possible that California’s public schools will have lost more students in addition to the several hundred thousand gone from the system in the last 3 years."

Consider this from Bing: "The average private school tuitio…

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bkwormtoo
23 janv.
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$23,500 per student?! Annually?!!! I doubt that we spent that much homeschooling our 3 kids in a 5 year period, if we even did for the whole time of homeschooling them "K-12".

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Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
22 janv.

American teachers' unions -- in particular their local chapters -- failed the children they are responsible for badly during the pandemic, and don't deserve trust; instead, most parents will be better off using ESAs to pay for private school tuition, especially at the upper secondary level, where comprehensive high schools are regularly the least satisfactory option available.

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Steve Sherman
Steve Sherman
22 janv.

Union-backed group claims choice is 'rooted in racism'


while not being able to multiply 2 digit whole numbers is 'cultural superiority - and getting the right answer is out of the question

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Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels
23 janv.
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I think a lot of teachers today are not particularly competent in certain subject areas. A number of states are even dropping tests like the PRAXIS subject tests to earn certification. What better way to deflect from your inability to communicate subject matter than to turn your classroom into an activist performance art stage?

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