Thursday, October 30, 2014

Police arrest Oklahoma teen in alleged school shooting threat

The Associated Press has the story.

Oklahoma schools are awash in money

"Relatively few citizens are aware of the amount of money already going to Oklahoma's public schools," The Oklahoman correctly notes.

In the 2013 budget year, the total amount of funding for Oklahoma schools — including all state, local and federal dollars — was $8.2 billion, according to figures from the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services. That’s $1 billion more than in 2008, yet critics continue to complain that schools are "financially starved."

'Rehearsing for death'

Writing in the Washington Post about lockdown drills, a pre-K teacher laments that "we are rounding up and silencing a generation of schoolchildren, and terrifying those who care for them."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

'Class Dismissed'

"A new independent film, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences," Christine Escobar blogs over at Huff Post Chicago. Here's a trailer:

'Thousands of Oklahoma students simply haven’t learned how to read'

Excellent editorial today in the state's largest newspaper.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Public schools are 'accountable'? Really?

"In education no one has ultimate responsibility for success," write Kent Grusendorf and Allan E. Parker, Jr. "The ultimate accountability system requires consumer choice."

Friday, October 24, 2014

We need competition, not Common Core

"Ultimately, Common Core rests on the faulty premise that a single, centralized entity knows what's best for all 55 million students nationwide," Vicki Alger writes. "Raising the education bar starts with putting the real experts in charge: students' parents."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The contributions of faith-based schools

I commend to your attention a very helpful report from Dr. Vicki Alger entitled "Faith-Based Schools: Their Contributions to American Education, Society, and the Economy."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

ESA program helping children with Down syndrome

Can the GOP win a third of the black vote?

Rand Paul says yes, and says school choice is one of the keys.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Southern Baptist contention

Clarence G. Oliver, Jr., Earl Garrison, and David K. Pennington are all Baptists. These Baptist gentlemen all share a history of presiding over school districts which, as a matter of law and public policy, must (like Peter) deny Christ. And as plaintiffs in a current lawsuit, they're now leading an effort to discriminate against Christians on the basis of their religion.

By way of contrast, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is now asking the question if sending one's children to a public school is even a permissible option anymore. "For Christians who take the Christian worldview seriously and who understand the issues at stake," he says, "the answer is increasingly no."

That's a pretty big gap.

School choice and parental rights

"Parents should not be forced, for financial reasons, to send their children to schools in which the values taught conflict with those they want to pass on to their children," writes Melissa Moschella, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America. "An effective voucher or scholarship program of some sort is therefore also a requirement of parental rights."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tulsa four-year-old put on wrong school bus

FOX 23 has the story.