Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
I've written from time to time about our system of Regents, usually none too positively. The only time when I'm really happy about the Regents is when I'm comparing them to the Texas Board of Education. At least our Regents are well-educated and well-meaning and not a bunch of crackpot yahoos.
But they've had a tough few years. The not-that-fast fast-tracking of the Common Core with accompanying new ties between standardized tests and teacher evaluations proved to be the death of them. Some of the recently seated members, including the best bet for Chancellor, are associated with the opt-out movement. Chancellor-to-be Rosa is new as of 2008, making her a relative newcomer on a board where some outgoing members had served for 20 years.
The Board of Regents is getting younger, more diverse, and more closely aligned to P-12 education. It is also becoming more blatantly political. Then again, isn't everything?
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
But it's the same rotten plan, for a variety of reasons neatly laid out by the folks at the Fiscal Policy Institute. To sum up, the Parental Choice in Education Act (PCEA):
1) provides an unprecedented amount of tax reduction relative to contribution, making it the go-to charity of anyone who's paying attention;
2) enables the super-wealthy by avoiding limits on contributions;
3) purports to provide scholarships to poor kids while actually allowing money to go to families with household incomes up to $300K (and higher in the Senate proposal that just passed);
4) directs $150+ million in state revenues away from public schools toward private and parochial schools by letting the private sector dictate state spending authority.
Thanks to Rick Timbs at SSFC for alerting us once again to this horrible plan.