Tafshier Cosby-Thomas: “Parents are Making Choices for Their Children. Why Would Anyone Get in the Way of That?”

Last week I had the opportunity to interview long-time Newark resident Tafshier Cosby-Thomas on her experiences with the city’s public schools: traditional, magnet, and charter. While Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet, under instructions from Governor Phil Murphy, takes a “pause” on authorizing charter expansion in order to conduct his “review,” let’s pierce the smog of special interests and politicking around this hot-button issue and actually talk to parents whose children’s educational trajectory rides on decisions made …

Is Randi Weingarten Correct that School Choice is A Form of Jim Crow?

Two weeks ago AFT President Randi Weingarten highlighted a new policy brief that showed how school vouchers were used during Jim Crow to segregate school systems. From EdWeek: In a fiery speech, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, condemned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ school choice proposals, calling them “only slightly more polite cousins of segregation.”   She told teachers at the AFT Teach Conference in Washington that the country is facing …

Second Item: Pro-Lakewood Guest Post

I’ve been tough on Lakewood this week. And so, in the interest of equal time, here is a guest post from Steven Looney, a Trustee of E3, who “supports parental choice in education and of improved public and private education in New Jersey.”  The Star Ledger, with worthy help from The Education Law Center, ran with an article last week on school busing in Lakewood  that corrected some of my developing errant thoughts. In brief, Lakewood is loaded with children …

Road Trip for Responders to David Leonhardt’s Charter/Voucher Editorial!

Last week David Leonhardt wrote an editorial in the New York Times that looks at two types of school choice, public charter schools and voucher programs, that, he says, are often conflated into a “misleading caricature.”  Several days after his column ran, the Times published seven Letters to the Editor that mostly succumb to the very caricature that Leonhardt warns against. While Leonhardt indulges in  a few over-generalizations himself, it’s worth picking apart several of …