School Choice

The Story

New York State and City are now governed entirely by politicians allied with the teachers’ unions. Given these political realities, charter schools won’t likely find much support in regard to expansion and funding. With state and local leaders so unsympathetic to school choice, New York’s parents and children face a discouraging educational climate.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. UFT: Mayor de Blasio made his anti-choice agenda clear when he appointed Richard Carranza as schools chancellor. Read more

  2. Private: Tens of thousands of New York children attend high-performing private or religious schools that serve predominantly low-income families. Read more.

  3. Charters: The mayor’s emphasis on racially integrating the city’s schools to achieve better educational outcomes ignores the success of charter schools with largely minority populations. Read more.

“A centralized system cannot possibly have that degree of personal concern for each individual child that we have as parents.”

Milton Friedman

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Is School Choice Enough? By Jay P. Greene Thomas W. Carroll Andrew J. Coulson Robert Enlow E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Matthew Ladner Neal McCluskey Diane Ravitch Sol Stern (January 24, 2008)

“In City Journal’s Winter 2008 issue, contributing editor Sol Stern wrote a piece, School Choice Isn’t Enough, that ignited a firestorm of debate within the school-reform movement. Here, some of the nation’s top education scholars discuss the story, and Stern responds.”

And in other news...

“The New York City Council passed a bill Thursday that allows elected officials to fundraise to pay off legal bills, paving the way for Mayor Bill de Blasio to raise money to cover a lawyer tab stemming from now-closed investigations into his campaign.”