A couple of news items caught my attention in the past day or two…
- Texas’ Virtual Schools Are Failing, and Critics Say It’s All Florence Shapiro’s Fault
- Progress Texas Report: Virtual Schools Failing
- How ALEC Gets Real Tax Dollars for Fake Schools
Beyond the actual results of the report they are discussing (which shouldn’t surprise any regular reader of this space, as we’ve seen time and time again how research into full-time K-12 online learning has shown again and again that students aren’t succeeding), is the fact that with the exception of references to the American Legislative Exchange Council the vast majority of news articles I see are quick to link think tanks and policy groups to unions or label them as being liberal. I don’t see the same thing being done with those that clearly have a conservative or neo-liberal bias.
For example, look at how the New York Times describes the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (i.e., VERY conservative/neo-liberal organization):
Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education policy group, said Mr. Romney’s proposal would significantly shift how the two largest Education Department programs for kindergarten through 12th grade students — those for poor students and those with disabilities — are now run.
So much for the liberal bias in the media the right continually cries about…