Archive for the ‘School Choice’ Category

WV school district ‘harassing’ parents with unending phone calls as homeschooling surges

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RITCHIE COUNTY, W.V. – Homeschooling families in Ritchie County, West Virginia have been subjected to a barrage of phone calls from the local school district intended to convince them to reenroll their children in public schools. Some parents considered the calls harassment. Despite apologies from the school superintendent by phone, the calls continued.
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How the free market can save American education

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CHICAGO – Only one week after Election Day, Washington, DC’s focus has shifted from furious campaigning to National Education Week and the Thought Leader Summit (held from Nov. 10–13), “a gathering of the leaders from education, business, and government who define and shape trends in public and private education.”
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Turkish parents fight against automatic assignment to Islamic schools

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ANKARA – Parents in Turkey “raced against the clock” to make alternative arrangements for their children after 40,000 students were assigned to Islamic schools, known as “Imam Hatips.” Many of the students are non-Muslim or members of the Alevi religious minority, who have already expressed concerns in the wake of the recent election of Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish presidency.
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Education under the new Swedish order

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just over a week ago, Swedes threw out the relatively pro-market coalition that had goverened the country for the past 8 years, handing power (though not an outright majority) to a new left-of-center coalition.
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Six reasons rural families should (and can) have school choice

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INDIANAPOLIS – A common argument against school choice in rural America is that there just aren’t enough schools from which to choose. But the more you understand about choice policy and the rural-schools landscape, the more you realize this argument actually distorts the facts, obscures rural students’ needs, and undersells the tools available to families, educators, and communities. Six points are worth keeping in mind.
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