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Which Districts Are Getting Race to the Top Buzz?  PoliticsK-12: According to a survey of "education insiders" recently published by Whiteboard Advisors, the smart money is on the Los Angeles Unified School District. You also probably wouldn't go broke betting on Hillsborough County Schools in Florida.

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Segregation Fear Sinks Charter School  WSJ: Nashville school officials have rejected a proposal to open a charter school in a middle-class part of the city, highlighting a broader national battle over efforts by operators of such publicly financed, privately run schools to expand into more affluent areas.

New Congressional Nominee Favors Subsidizing Private Schools NYT: Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, hot off primary night where he won the Democratic nomination for Congress, set off a controversy when he came out in favor of support for private and religious schools -- but not for vouchers.

Teach for America Alumns Take Aim at State Office Stateline: At least six TFA alumni are running for state legislatures this year, and many others are running for boards of education. Like Ferguson and Johnston, most of these former teachers likely will have to overcome union opposition to win.

Mike Turzai, GOP Lawmaker Behind Controversial Voter ID Remark, Was Backed by Education Union HuffPostEdu: Turzai, however, has received some support from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), which -- like other labor unions -- is traditionally a constituency that backs Democrats.

 

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Nashville already has segregated schools, segregated de jure: its charter school students are fenced off by poverty, and are disallowed from travelling to wealthier areas of the city to attend schools of choice. If you're poor in Nashville, the school board says that you're allowed to go to your local traditional public school, where the other kids are likely poor, or to one of your local charter schools, all in poor areas attended by poor kids; but you can't be allowed the choice to travel to an area where a school wants to offer you access to greater socioeconomic diversity. That's hypocrisy, from people who can't see past skin color and history to see that social class is an enormously important barrier in education.

Bruce, should people not be allowed to attend schools of choice, though, if they are offering a better education? Really I think it all comes down to the type of education the child will get at their local school.

Uceda English, I support families' right to choose the educational option they like best for their children in nearly every instance (I can see opposing a terrorist training school, for example, but we don't normally have to veto such extreme possibilities). I wrote what I did because I sympathize with the families in Nashville who wanted that option but had it denied them by their fellow citizens who want to restrict their freedom, and because I also sympathize with the group that tried to bring them such a school, since it sounds similar to the school I have been trying to start for the last few years, only to be opposed by jurisdiction after jurisdiction. Local districts can't be surprised when, having denied their neighbors' desires, they find those neighbors sending their children to private schools and voting to cut taxes to fund the traditional local public schools.

Well, Uceda, that’s the problem. Some students do not and never will have the luxury of choice. There simply isn’t enough money in local government to guarantee all students receive a substantial education through a system in which one school in a city center with the highest tuition rates attracts the best teachers. The only solution is to close the economic gap, and in congress’s current state of seemingly-interminable unrest, it’s unlikely that will happen within a reasonable timespan.

And I can’t imagine running against the union these days is going to be easy, considering I’m not sure the majority of education most likely faces public opposition to begin with by now, thanks to rhetoric thrown around by our nation’s bigwigs.

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