Empirical evidence shows school decentralization produces real educational achievement.
Public education — where all is supposedly "for the children" — has a dirty secret: Its real organizing principle is jobs for adults.
Education-funding lawsuits have led to more spending, but not to greater student achievement.
When will education bureaucrats stop trying to run local schools?
Examining how parents' desire for school choice divides the Democratic party.
Cornelius Vanderbilt sold passages across the Atlantic on steamers for as little as $30 a ticket. Andrew Carnegie's steel company became so efficient it forced the world price for steel down from $56 per ton to just $11.50 in less than 30 years. John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil, by 1890, was selling oil for just eight cents a gallon. These entrepreneurs ran their businesses efficiently and made their profits massive by simply giving customers what customers wanted — at better rates than did the competition. Today they are vilified as robber barons, as many people focus on tales of good or bad intentions, rather than actual good results.
When your car breaks down, you can take it to a knowledgeable mechanic or even pick up a how-to guide and repair it yourself. But when political or economic systems are the problem, no similarly easy solutions exist. What we do have, however, are how-not-to states. Like...
Three months ago, the new majority leader of the Nevada Senate, Steven Horsford, seriously displeased the president of the Nevada State Education Association teacher union. Horsford did so by admitting, indirectly, the long and lethal hostility of that union to virtually each and every effort to reform Nevada public education. "It is about the future and the children who depend upon us in the classroom," said the young majority leader in a debate over the hotel-room-tax increase. "The children are more important to me than any teachers group, than any company who thinks they can decide tax policy."
Last week Lynn Warne, president of the Nevada State Education Association, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that "the state is last in the nation in per pupil spending, and already has difficulty attracting and retaining enough qualified teachers to fill classrooms at the start of each school year." What source is she using? Any at all?