The Lesson of the Anti-Choice Crowd

There is a great deal of uproar across the nation about school choice and vouchers. In a story last week, the Chronicle quotes a mother who reveals a sad fact about many parents:

“Vouchers don’t come with any oversight of the schools in which they’re spent,” Caudill [the mother] said. “They put the parent in […]

The Subjectivism of Modern “Art”

While defending government schools with raging vehemence, the Chronicle routinely complains about nearly every aspect of those schools. They complain that funding is unfair, grading schools and districts is misleading, we aren’t paying enough attention to ESL and poor students, state skills tests of students are unreasonable, and on and on and on. A recent […]

Defending the Indefensible

Government school bureaucrats are circling the wagons. They believe that their fiefdoms are under assault by charter schools and school voucher advocates. In response, bureaucrats from at least twenty-five local school districts have formed a coalition to improve the government school “brand.”

The organization—Go Public Gulf Coast—is divided on the issue of working with charter […]

Rally for School Choice

Approximately 4,000 people gathered in Austin on Tuesday to support more educational choices for Texas parents. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in favor of giving parents more choices. Predictably, the political Left opposes more school choice. The Chronicle reports:

Opponents say Patrick’s plans to allow parents to pay for private […]

Educational Savings Accounts

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, is pushing the state legislature to allow for Educational Savings Accounts (ESA). In a policy paper, the organization states ESAs will address government school funding issues while giving parents more educational choices.

ESAs are a step in the right direction, albeit a very […]

Check Your Premises

For months, the Chronicle has been waging a campaign for government school reform. A seemingly endless series of articles, editorials, and opinion pieces have addressed government schools. And without exception, these pieces have two things in common.

The first commonality is that everyone agrees that government schools are broken. Whether it is school funding, the […]

No Freedom for Me, No Freedom for Thee

Last Friday, the Texas Education Agency released its first “report cards” for government schools. As expected, education bureaucrats aren’t happy with the results. As one example, Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt said:

Our legislators’ ‘ranking’ and comparing of public schools feeds the agenda of those claiming our public schools are failing and vouchers, tax credits, […]

End Educational Subsidies

According to the Chronicle, it’s not enough that taxpayers pay for the education of Texas children through high school. The paper also wants taxpayers to pay for their college education. Otherwise, the paper laments, Texas colleges might have to start recruiting foreign born students who will pay higher tuition rates.

Whatever the policy looks like, […]

Government Schools Say Grading is Unfair

I have previously written about the uproar over the new A-F rating system for Texas’ government schools. While the first “report card” isn’t due until August 2018, school districts across the state are already launching a crusade to persuade legislators to abandon the system.

School bureaucrats contend that the system isn’t fair. Spring ISD Superintendent […]

Autism, Altruism, and Discrimination

The Chronicle has been running an investigative series on special education in Texas. The articles claim that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issues a guideline that school districts cap the students in special education programs to 8.5 percent as a way to cut costs. The series argues that this guideline violates federal law, which […]