Teacher unions

Financing Entrepreneurial Education: Part IV

Do empowerment schools produce real educational achievement?

January 6, 2010 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

Empirical evidence shows school decentralization produces real educational achievement.

Financing Entrepreneurial Education: Part III

Let’s fund student results – not make-work jobs for adults

December 30, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

Public education — where all is supposedly "for the children" — has a dirty secret: Its real organizing principle is jobs for adults.

Frivolous in Florida

Education-funding lawsuits don’t boost student achievement

December 28, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

Education-funding lawsuits have led to more spending, but not to greater student achievement.

Financing entrepreneurial education: Part II

The commanding heights of public education

December 23, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

When will education bureaucrats stop trying to run local schools?

School fights

Parents will ultimately win the right of school choice

September 10, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

Examining how parents' desire for school choice divides the Democratic party.

Same old story in Nevada education

Silver State still in need of genuine reform

August 17, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

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 children don’t matter

Nevada public education has become a jobs program for adults

August 13, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

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...

Opportunity missed

Steven Horsford cannot stand up to the NSEA alone

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."

Numbers game

Where do education-spending ‘rankings’ come from?

May 14, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

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?

Progress report

Nevada is beginning to embrace school choice

May 13, 2009 | by Karen Gray

Could there be education reform in Nevada's future? There is certainly evidence that school choice is now getting a longer look than ever before among Silver State legislators and educators. The past year has seen marked progress for the concept of school choice. Take charter schools, for example.

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