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  • just a conservative girl 12:50 PM on 02/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charter schools, de blasio, merriman, , pre k, ,   

    Quote of the Day – James Merriman Edition 

    “If they’re interested in results, they will make sure high-performing charter schools are fully included in the pre-K program, including maintaining capital funding. Otherwise, it will be clear that their move to push pre-K is more about ideology than about helping children.”

    James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, on the move by Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cut $210 million from the Charter School budget and redirect to opening 2100 new Pre-K seats.

    It costs that much to send one student to Pre-K?  Mind blowing.

  • just a conservative girl 12:48 PM on 08/06/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charter schools, chavous, , ,   

    Quote of the Day – Kevin Chavous Edition 

    Jeff Bryant’s July 18 piece on Valerie Strauss’ “The Answer Sheet” blog lets blind partisanship get in the way of an accurate characterization of school choice programs across the country.  As a Democrat, I full-heartedly support school choice in every form—from strong traditional public schools to charter schools to voucher programs—because these options shift our focus from an antiquated, overly-bureaucratized one-size-fits-all system that is sadly failing millions of disadvantaged children to those who know their children best—parents. Your failure to think critically is apparent in your change-averse ideology that prizes the status quo over proven measures that will help kids.
    In a political climate where bipartisanship is growing increasingly rare, school choice breaks the mold, having earned the backing of Republicans and Democrats in places like Louisiana, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Ohio, and right here in the nation’s capital. The reason, which Mr. Bryant fails to acknowledge, is simple: for many lawmakers, the future of our country’s next generation is far more important that scoring political points.
    The assumption that poor families are misinformed is simply untrue, and it is that notion—one emphasizing system-wide decision-making over the best judgment of parents—that accounts for a great deal of the achievement gap that plagues our country’s educational performance.  It’s why when we put power pack into the hands of parents, as was done here in D.C., voucher students graduate at a rate of 91 percent—more than 30 percentage points higher than students in D.C. Public Schools.  And an evaluation of the Milwaukee voucher program also found a higher graduation rates and a trend that participating students were more likely to enroll and continue in four-year universities than their public school counterparts.
    It’s why when the opportunity for choice arises, parents respond in droves. More than 17,000 students are on waiting lists for public charter schools here in D.C. and more than 10,000 low-income families have applied for the voucher program since it was created in 2004.
    So yes, Mr. Bryant, I am a Democrat who proudly favors school choice, and there is nothing meek about my support. After all, I’m on the side of the parents, and it’s they—not you—who really know what’s best for their kids.
    He is 100% correct, it is insulting to low income Americans when the democrats behave that they don’t know what is the best choice for their own children.  They may be uneducated, but that doesn’t mean that they are stupid.
    • SignPainterGuy 11:32 AM on 08/07/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa, the “bigfoot” of democrats; the mysterious and elusive dem who looks at kids and parents first and gov. way later. I see a trip to the proverbial woodshed in his future !

    • accurran 2:07 PM on 08/07/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post. May school choice become the standard for years to come with our next generation.

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