Brittany Wagner reviews some of the highlights from her recent interview with Joshua Schindler. Schindler is the lawyer representing Normandy students who are trying to transfer to accredited school districts.
Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner interviewed lawyer Joshua Schindler about his work advocating for transfer students. Missouri's transfer law allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools; however, a number of districts have refused to accept transfer students, even students that they had accepted last year.
Through a series of legal maneuvers, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education attempted to prevent students from transferring from Normandy Schools Collaborative. School choice and the school transfer law prevailed last Friday when Judge Michael Burton ruled in favor of transfer students. Since the transfer law was upheld for a few students, it should be upheld for all of them.
Show-Me Institute Intern Emily Watson talks about the importance of vo-tech education and congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for legislation that allows Missouri high school students to apply vo-tech classes toward their school requirements.
Many students in unaccredited school districts want and need better educational options. However, Missouri’s public school leaders do not want to provide those options through inter-district choice programs. They worry that inter-district choice would bankrupt struggling school districts and place an undue burden on the more successful ones. There is, however, an option that avoids these problems – private school choice financed through tax credit scholarship programs. These programs, which are in place in 14 states, expand educational opportunities for K-12 students by generating private investment in education.
The Show-Me Institute and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University hosted a discussion about tax credit scholarships, explaining what they are and how they might be beneficial to Missouri. During the event, Jason Bedrick and Jonathan Butcher presented information from their recent Show-Me Institute case-studies and Paul DiPerna presented the findings of a new poll. The discussion also included a legislative panel that included Missouri Senators John Lamping and Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones. You can view the papers and video of the presentations via the links below.
The Show-Me Institute in partnership with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice conducted a poll of Missouri voters. Missourians overwhelmingly want school choice. The full results will be released May 6 at ShowMeInstitute.org.
James Shuls reports on School Choice Week. Earlier in the week Shuls spoke at an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) event in Jefferson City, Mo., where he said that School choice is not only a step towards liberty, but also moves us towards greater prosperity.
Show-Me Institute Director of Education Policy James V. Shuls, Ph.D., introduces his latest paper, "Available Seats? Survey Analysis of Missouri Private School Participation in Potential State Scholarship Programs." Shuls surveyed private school leaders in Kansas City and Saint Louis. His findings suggest that a private school scholarship program would expand choice while potentially saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
The school transfer law has created controversy in Saint Louis. The question is, where do we go from here? Show-Me Institute Communications Director Rick Edlund, hosts a panel disccussion with Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls, Ph.D.; Normandy School District Superintendent Tyrone McNichols, Ed.D.; Kirkwood School District Superintendent Thomas Williams, Ph.D.; and Mehlville School District Superintendent Eric Knost, Ed.D.
Educator Michelle Rhee joined Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about her new book Radical: Fighting to Put Students First and explained her ideas for improving public education by ensuring that laws, leaders, and politics are making students - not adults - their top priority.
In this Columbia, MO Forum, Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about what private funding of public schools really looks like. "Isn't that just a voucher?" "No," says Shuls, as he describes the three basic types of publicly-funded private schooling. This talk was reprised the following morning at the Show-Me Institute's office in Saint Louis.
Crowds of parents and students rallied at Union Station in Kansas City to celebrate school choice, as part of the National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Train Tour. Students sang, danced, and cheered as speakers drove home the message that students are all different — but they share one thing in common. They all deserve a quality education.