Cruz pushes school choice in Texas with letter to legislators

The push for school choice in Texas escalated this week with Senator Ted Cruz's letter to Texas Legislators. Cruz's letter urged lawmakers "to make Texas the next state that gives parents taxpayer dollars to send their children to private or religious schools, or educate them at home," Patrick Svitek wrote in the Texas Tribune on March 9, 2017. … Continue reading Cruz pushes school choice in Texas with letter to legislators

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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

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

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