Philly charter school receives 9,190 applications for 96 open seats

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia’s MaST Community Charter School is the perfect example of the high demand for quality education alternatives to traditional public schools. The award-winning school is well-known for its top-notch math and science programs, and parents are clearly paying attention. The limited enrollment school accepted 9,190 applications for just 96 open spots, which were […]


Presidential candidate wannabe Booker turns on DeVos — after praising her ‘incredible organization’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is speaking out against Monday’s confirmation of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, despite his history of supporting her mission. “To all who are angry or frustrated about today’s vote confirming DeVos, please know: the vote may be over, but our […]


NACSA: Leaning on states to regulate the life out of the charter school movement

By Steve Gunn on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

Part 2 of 4 The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term “charter school” as a “tax-supported school” that operates “without most local and state educational regulations so as to achieve set goals.” The last part of that definition is rapidly become outdated and inaccurate. In the 1990s, when charter schools first started popping up, there was […]


Charter school sector, national school choice movement, headed in different directions

By Steve Gunn on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

Part 1 of 4 Too many lazy, misinformed journalists have developed a bad habit when reporting about the national K-12 school choice movement. They tend to use the term “charter school” as a synonym for school choice, which is increasingly inaccurate. They assume that the mainstream charter school community is on the same page as […]


WY school officials in grizzly country: ‘When you’re in rural areas … (arming staff) does make sense’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Liberals are mocking Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos over comments about the potential use of guns in schools to ward off grizzlies in places like Wyoming. But those who live among the deadly bruins don’t necessarily think it’s a bad idea, and count themselves among many in rural communities that could benefit from […]


Elizabeth Warren was school voucher supporter — before Trump was elected

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 16th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has spoken out against President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, because of the Michigan philanthropist’s support for school vouchers. And while Warren is expected to grill DeVos before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Tuesday over her long-standing support for school choice, […]


POLL: 68 percent of Americans support school choice for parents, students

By Victor Skinner on Friday, January 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent national poll on school choice shows strong support across key demographics, including a majority who approve of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for national programs. The American Federation for Children conducted its third annual National School Choice Poll of 1,100 likely voters last week and found a staggering 68 percent support […]


School choice opponents claim vouchers will make TX ‘most cost effective place for ISIS to train children’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

AUSTIN, Texas – School choice opponents are making some outlandish claims in an attempt to kill new educational options proposed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, including a suggestion that school vouchers could be used to train ISIS terrorists. League City Independent School District Technology Integration Specialist Rod Dunklee recently wrote in to The Daily News […]


Big-spending NY district w/ poor academic results condemns Trump Ed Sec pick

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. – A New York school district is objecting to President-elect Donald Trump’s pick of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education, despite years of academic failures and ever-increasing school budgets. The Board of Education for Long Island’s Patchogue-Medford School District approved a resolution shortly before Christmas to condemn Michigan […]


National School Choice Week to feature more than 20,000 events in 2017

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National School Choice Week is expected to feature more than 20,000 events across the country in 2017, a sign of growing public support for school choice as one of its biggest champions is slated to take control of the U.S. Department of Education. National School Choice Week 2017 will eclipse the 16,745 […]


School choice advocates celebrate victories in AR, FL, GA, IN, IA, KY, LA, MO, NV, OK, TN, WI

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Federation for Children, a pro-school choice advocacy group, is touting nationwide momentum for its cause in the wake of the 2016 election. A total of 80 out of 82 candidates endorsed by the AFC won their races across the country on election night, making it clear that many parents are […]


Unions account for 99.4% of contributions to block MA charter school expansion

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BOSTON – The nation’s teachers unions hate charter schools that compete with traditional unionized public schools, so they’re spending millions to fight against a dozen new charter schools in Massachusetts. Massachusetts voters will decide Question 2 on the November ballot, which would authorize 12 new charter schools in the state if approved. A campaign to […]


NAACP fights charter schools, chooses union alliances over black families

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CINNCINATTI, Ohio – The NAACP has officially lined up against black parents who want the best educational options available for their children. Instead, the NAACP chose to align itself with the nation’s largest teachers unions and block competition with traditional unionized public schools when its executive board voted to back a moratorium on charter schools […]


160 black leaders slam NAACP, ‘civil rights’ group’s opposition to more school choice

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of more than 160 black leaders is demanding that the NAACP call off its planned push for national moratorium on charter schools by highlighting the benefits of school choice for black families. The NAACP, a self-described “civil rights” group, in July announced plans to call for a national charter school […]