Virtual School Meanderings

November 20, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

How Workable is Trump’s $20 Billion School Choice Proposal?

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Alyson Klein reports on Donald Trump’s $20 billion voucher promise: “Trump said during the campaign that he’d like to use existing federal funds to support his big school choice program, even though he didn’t say, specifically what pot of money he was referring to. The department’s current budget is about $70 billion, with roughly $15.5 billion going to Title I grants for districts, and $12 billion going to state grants for special education.”

What does the 2016 election mean for public schools?

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Richard Long discusses upcoming challenges that public schools face after 2016. “We as educators and advocates must now come together to protect the immediate safety and well-being of our schoolchildren as well as their prospects for future success. Their lives are at stake.”

Trump’s School Choice Expansion Plan May Face Uphill Battle

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

This NY Times/AP article summarizes potential school choice initiatives that could be implemented by the Trump administration. “Education observers said there are other ways to push that agenda, including tax incentives to move children from public to private schools or a Race to the Top-style grant program in which states are encouraged to adopt choice-friendly policies in exchange for funds.”

Educators Brace for Trump

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Julian Vasquez Heilig covers potential policy changes faced by educators in the next administration. “The Wall Street Journal recently reported on what Trump has in mind for education. In fact, Donald Trump has promised a bill in the first 100 days.”

Filling the Dozen Top Jobs in Trump’s Department of Education

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 09:00 PM PST

Rick Hess discusses the future of the Department of Education and who will be part of the new administration. “I’ll be clear: I don’t know who will populate the Trump administration’s Department of Education. I do have a few thoughts on some of the folks I’d like to see in the mix, though—and I figured I’d share them with you, if only so that fewer folks feel obliged to inquire. Please understand that this isn’t an exhaustive, careful, or complete list.”

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