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25 Nov
Cleveland Heights Teachers Union announced that they intend to strike starting December 2nd

Every family should be able to take their children's education dollars elsewhere.
If Safeway employees strike you can take your money to Trader Joe's

If school employees strike you should similarly be able to take your children's education dollars elsewhere.
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24 Nov
The Ohio legislature passed a bill to expand their private school choice program.

House passed: 53-36
Senate passed: 24-8

But the teachers union is now trying to get the governor to veto the bill.
The union claims school choice "diverts resources from public schools"

But why would giving families a choice divert resources from public schools?🤔
That claim is absurd.

Allowing families to choose their grocery store doesn't "divert resources from Safeway"

Allowing families to choose their school doesn't "divert resources from public schools"

The money doesn't belong to any particular institution.
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24 Nov
Bill de Blasio closed all New York City public schools based on an arbitrary citywide COVID-19 positivity rate of 3.00%

Positivity rate in NYC schools: 0.28%
"In-person schooling does not appear to increase the risk of covid-19 transmission for staff and students, according to data from New York state."
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23 Nov
The Atlantic: "Keeping kids out of the classroom will make recovering from the pandemic harder in the long term, while not keeping us any safer in the near term."
"Evidence from around the world—and even from New York City—shows not only that many schools should remain open, but that officials should take more steps to open up classrooms."
"These precautions are working, and all the early data show that classrooms do not appear to drive transmission of the virus."
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22 Nov
Why would giving families a choice "take money from public schools"?🤔
Why would families choose charters if they have "no accountability"?🤔
Charter schools are directly accountable to families

If a charter school underperforms it shuts down

If a district school underperforms it gets more money.
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21 Nov
Washington Post: "Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data makes the case."
"In-person schooling does not appear to increase the risk of covid-19 transmission for staff and students, according to data from New York state."
"~80 percent of schools in the state reported no covid-19 cases at all.

& of those schools that did detect covid, ~90 percent had only 1 or 2 cases across all students & staff [...] students & teachers don’t appear to be catching covid from each other."
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20 Nov
The nation’s largest teachers union released a "policy playbook" for the Biden administration:

• "Oppose all charter school expansion"
• "Bar federal funding to charter schools"
• Regulate all charter schools
• Abolish the D.C. school choice program for low-income students
These policies all protect the monopoly at the expense of families.

We should fund students instead of institutions.
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20 Nov
The Ohio legislature passed a bill to expand their private school choice program.

It's awaiting the governor's signature.
The bill expands eligibility from 200% of the federal poverty level to 250%
"The revision bill passed 51-36 with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed."

"The bill passed the GOP-controlled Senate 24-8 on Wednesday, also along party lines."
toledoblade.com/local/educatio…
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19 Nov
Every family should be able to take their children's education dollars elsewhere.
washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
"Last week, union president Elizabeth Davis circulated a “tentative agreement” to members. On Tuesday, she decided not to sign it, continuing to disagree with the school system over whether in-person teaching should be optional for all teachers."
“I can’t say that I’m surprised,” Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said at a news conference Wednesday. “She’s backed away from other tentative agreements as well. And it should be apparent that the goal posts, unfortunately, continue to move.”
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19 Nov
but they've been fighting to keep schools closed
this doesn't mean teachers unions are evil either

they understand they will keep their benefits even if schools remain closed

they are rationally reacting to the incentives built into the system

the monopoly is the problem.
There are now 3 studies finding school reopenings are linked to union power rather than safety.
reason.com/2020/08/19/sch…
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19 Nov
New Study: Charter schools receive 33% less funding per student than district schools
Charters received about $7,800 less per student than district schools across 18 cities

District: $23,677
Charter: $15,881
These funding inequities have increased in real terms by 105% since 2003 and by 28% since 2016.
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19 Nov
The Kentucky Governor ordered all public and private schools to close.
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19 Nov
NEW: "Data from 191 countries shows no consistent link between reopening schools and increased rates of coronavirus infection."
United Nations agency: "there is strong evidence that, with basic safety measures in place, the net benefits of keeping schools open outweigh the costs of closing them."
UNICEF: "Schools are not a main driver of community transmission, and children are more likely to get the virus outside of school settings"
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16 Nov
NEW STUDY: School reopenings in Wisconsin were linked to politics and unionization but not safety.
My study with @camakridis found similar results nationally:
nypost.com/2020/09/02/its…
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13 Nov
DC public schools just reached a tentative agreement with the teachers union:

No teachers will be required to return to schools through January 2021

DC public schools were supposed to reopen November 9th
Teachers Union President:

"We didn’t get everything we wanted, but I’m okay with it. And we’ll wait to see how our members feel."
washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
DC public schools spend over $30,000 per child per year

Every family should be able to take their children's education dollars elsewhere.
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12 Nov
Biden's Policy Director: "Biden will make sure that we stop funding for charter schools that don’t provide results."

If charter schools aren't providing results then why are families choosing them?🤔
I wonder if he plans on pulling funding from underperforming district schools as well?🤔
Biden's Policy Director: "Biden will ban for-profit charter schools from receiving federal funding because [...] no one should be getting rich by taking advantage of our kids."

Giving families a choice isn't "taking advantage" of them.

Forcing them into a monopoly is.
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8 Nov
POLITICO reported that Biden's team is considering picking the former president of the nation's largest teachers union for education secretary.
"There is also a widespread expectation that he wants to put a union official or someone with union ties in his Cabinet.

Both of those factors have made Lily Garcia, an elementary school teacher and the immediate past president of the NEA, an early favorite for the position."
The current president of the 2nd largest teachers union is also being considered:

"Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is also frequently mentioned as a contender although she would likely prompt strong Republican opposition"
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7 Nov
New data from England: "Since the start of the school year there is no evidence of difference in the positivity rate between teachers and other key workers."

Washington Post should correct their false claim.
The editor claimed that this sentence "makes clear that this is his subjective interpretation based in his own reading of obituaries, not a representation of scientific research."

That's not true.

"Disproportionate" is an objective statement.
Here is the editor's response.

"Disproportionate" is an objective claim without any evidence.

Washington Post should correct this false claim.
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7 Nov
New data from England: "Since the start of the school year there is no evidence of difference in the positivity rate between teachers and other key workers."
Office for National Statistics, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey
"Teachers in England are no more likely to contract Covid-19 than other key workers, according to data that appears to bolster the government’s argument for keeping schools open."
theguardian.com/education/2020…
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2 Nov
DC public schools just canceled their plan to bring some students back next week.
"Teacher protests escalated Monday morning as the union encouraged educators to call in sick in opposition to the reopening plan."
washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…
If a grocery store doesn't reopen families can take their money elsewhere

If a school doesn't reopen families should similarly be able to take their children's education dollars elsewhere.
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2 Nov
Ohio is now partially funding some students with special needs directly.
Families can receive up to $1,500 to cover the costs of education services such as private tutoring.
This is a step in the right direction

But all families should have that choice.

And Ohio spends over $15,000 per child per year - why should students only get access to 10% of that?🤔

We should fund students instead of institutions.
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