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Choice in Education- is it really all that it’s cracked up to be?

Karran Harper Royal asks some very important questions about choice:

  • “Is it really school choice to continuously move children around in search of a better school option? Is this school reform?”
  • “At what point do we get to reforming schools in our communities so parents don’t have to constantly move children around?”
  • “When will the Louisiana Department of Education provide parents with adequate information to make an informed choice?”
  • “When will schools open up their doors so that parents can really see how their schools operate rather than give them the usual PR propaganda?”

Now ask yourself this:

  • Is choice in and of itself valuable?
  • What good is choice if the facts about schools are hidden by those running them?
  • What if many of the options are dire?

Choice – not all it’s cracked up to be.

Read the whole article here.

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3 thoughts on “Choice in Education- is it really all that it’s cracked up to be?

  1. You really have to stop wheeling our KHR as it is making a mockery of your cause. You claim she represents parent and community involvement in education and yet when she tested that representation in the November elections of the Orleans Parish School Board, she finished third and last with 10 per cent of the vote. Second place went to a charter school moderate and first, with 58 per cent of the vote, to Sarah Usdin, a vocal charter school advocate. It is also the case that the state of Louisiana is one of the states that the CREDO study found has raised achievement for almost all groups. By misrepresenting the situation in New Orleans you are losing sight of what is important in New Zealand, as well as casting yourselves as somewhere in the dark region between negligence and dishonesty. How ironic to use an advocate of community involvement so soundly rejected by her own community.


    Posted by David Seymour | April 26, 2013, 4:55 pm
  2. Oh goodness, I forgot that the best candidate ALWAYS wins in a vote and that elections are never bought by big money behind the scenes. So she lost fair and square, okay. I’ll take your word for it.

    Meanwhile, and more pertinent to the point that charter schools do not raise achievement, is that despite the right wing privatise everything rhetoric “…we are winning because their ideas fail and fail and fail. Their icon, Michelle Rhee, is ensnared in a scandal that refuses to disappear.

    Their favorite district, New Orleans, where more than 80% of students are in charter schools, is the lowest-performing district in a low-performing state.

    We will not sell or lease or rent or give away our children or our public schools.”

    Funny that.


    Posted by Dianne - SaveOurSchoolsNZ | April 26, 2013, 10:47 pm
  3. You might also want to read this, and correct some of your own dark region of ignorance: “It’s just not what you expect to see in a local school board election: generous donations from Joel Klein, the former New York City schools chief; Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix; and New Orleans’ own Walter Isaacson, the former Time magazine editor and author of a recent best-selling biography of Steve Jobs.

    But there it all is, in 22 pages worth of campaign contributions totaling more than $110,000 for Sarah Newell Usdin, a nonprofit leader challenging incumbent Brett Bonin and education activist Karran Harper Royal for the 3rd District seat on the Orleans Parish School Board.”

    Read more:


    Posted by Dianne - SaveOurSchoolsNZ | April 26, 2013, 10:59 pm

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