|1-22-18 Education in the News|
The Atlantic--How to Rile Up Education Debates With One Word
A new poll shows Americans are more likely to disapprove of “vouchers” than of similar school-choice programs with other names.
A new poll by the pro-voucher group American Federation for Children is meant to illustrate Americans’ support for school choice. But it also offers some insight into how advocates choose to talk about hot-button education issues.
Something striking was buried in the polling memo: Voters said they narrowly opposed school vouchers, 47 to 49 percent, even though similar approaches like “education saving accounts” and “scholarship tax credits” garnered much more support.
Matt Barnum| Jan 19, 2018
Education Week--Five Common Traits of the Top School Systems
States that rank high on Quality Counts' annual report card—including this year's top five—typically share common strengths when it comes to supporting their education systems. They may enjoy good economic climates, for example, or built-in advantages like a large proportion of parents with strong educational backgrounds.
But while factors like a state's underlying economy or family demographics are important, some high-performing states also make the most of strategies that can prove useful to policymakers elsewhere, no matter what cards they're originally dealt. And even the high-performers can face daunting challenges in sustaining the factors that put them in the front of the pack.
Daarel Burnette II| January 17, 2018
Garden State Coalition of Schools