Vouchers blur lines between church and state

Besides diminishing public school funds, vouchers raise another concern when it comes to the separation of church and state. Most private schools have religious affiliations, and organizations like Americans United say that vouchers' use of tax dollars to finance schools that teach those beliefs, rather than teach about those beliefs, threatens religious freedom. Students should not have to go … Continue reading Vouchers blur lines between church and state

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Mayors say Texas “Bathroom Bill” distracts from other education issues

The ongoing debate surrounding Senate Bill 6, or the "bathroom bill" may be pulling lawmakers away from more pressing issues in the Capitol of Texas. In an article by Christopher Neely on CommunictyImpact.com on Feb. 17, Mayor Steve Adler of Austin said "We are in desperate need of the state legislature to focus on education … Continue reading Mayors say Texas “Bathroom Bill” distracts from other education issues

Trump appears to break promise after scaling back Obama bathroom order

After sacking Obama's order to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, President Trump faced criticism from people, such as Caitlyn Jenner and Jackie Evancho, for appearing to go back on his promise to protect LGBTQ rights. According to Caitlin Emma Feb. 22, 2017, on Politico.com, Trump made this move … Continue reading Trump appears to break promise after scaling back Obama bathroom order

Merit pay’s cons outweigh its pros in education

Those who put forth their best effort deserve to be rewarded, or at least, such is the logic behind merit pay. Actually implementing performance based pay, however, is not as straightforward as it seems, especially when it comes to teachers. This article from www.ernweb.com seems to discredit any argument against merit pay, but it fails to account … Continue reading Merit pay’s cons outweigh its pros in education

Trump could enforce merit pay for teachers

In his campaign proposal, President Donald Trump promised to promote merit-based pay for teachers to replace "the failed tenure system that currently exists." For example, Texas public school teachers currently receive a fixed income with gradual raises as they gain experience, according to the state's education code. Exact salaries and raises are decided by the district in which the … Continue reading Trump could enforce merit pay for teachers

Behind the ruse: vouchers and their fatal flaws

Giving students stuck in failing schools the opportunity to rise out of the muck--that's the idea behind vouchers. But while vouchers sound heroic and noble, they come with fatal flaws. Voucher supporters argue that they will increase competition among schools, thus elevating the quality of education overall. But in reality, vouchers will just cut public schools' … Continue reading Behind the ruse: vouchers and their fatal flaws

Pence votes to confirm DeVos after split in Senate

All through Monday night, Democrats begged for just one more Republican Senator to vote against Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos. To their disappointment, the Democrats' pleas remained unanswered as Vice President Mike Pence made history today in casting the tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos this morning, according to Tom LoBianco and Ted Barrett on CNN.com. This … Continue reading Pence votes to confirm DeVos after split in Senate

Education under Betsy DeVos

If the Senate does approve Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education this week, President Trump's $20 billion plan to advance school choice will be headed by a major reform advocate. With a history devoid of public school experience, DeVos is expected to push "the aggressive expansion of public charter schools, virtual online schools, private school voucher programs, education … Continue reading Education under Betsy DeVos