Lance Izumi

California

LAUSD Election, New Data Provide Momentum For Charter Schools

Los Angeles Unified recently experienced a huge earthquake – a political seismic shift – when school board candidates supportive of charter schools defeated incumbents backed by the powerful local teachers union. And in a one-two punch, new research shows that charter schools are improving the achievement of the predominantly minority ...
California

Even Blue California Warms To School Choice

A new poll by the respected Public Policy Institute of California found that a large majority of Californians support school-choice vouchers, which would grant parents public funding to pay for private-school tuition for their children. While that finding may seem shocking in blue California, that shock quickly dissipates given the ...
Commentary

Politicized Teachers Push Radical Leftist Agenda

Typically, school choice advocates rely on school and student performance data to show that public schools are academically failing or underperforming compared to other schooling options. But as I have documented in my soon-to-be-released book, The Corrupt Classroom, parents in California and many other states have an even more-compelling reason ...
Commentary

Neil Gorsuch Could Help Religious Schools Get Public Funding

Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is known for his commitment to religious freedom and preventing government from discriminating against religious organizations and individuals. If confirmed, the new justice could help sway a case that could be a landmark in American education, paving the way for public funds to ...
California

A Choice For Kids With No Options Left

January 22nd to 28th will mark National School Choice Week, which promotes efforts to empower parents to choose the best education option for their children. There is probably no better example of why children need choices in education than Life Learning Academy (LLA) public charter school. Opponents of charter schools, ...
Common Core

Capital Ideas: Lots Of Reasons To Celebrate National School Choice Week

Download the Brief This week marks National School Choice Week (NSCW) and efforts to empower parents to choose the best public or private education option for their children. NSCW comes at perfect time given recent news about student performance and politics in the classroom. In December, scores for the 2015 ...
Charter Schools

Biased Classroom Politics: Another Reason for School Choices

During the week of January 22-28, we mark National School Choice Week and efforts to empower parents to choose the best public or private education option for their children. For years, school choice efforts have mainly focused on the poor performance of traditional public schools. Growing political bias in the ...
California

Biased Classroom Politics: Reason For School Choice

During the week of January 22-28, we mark National School Choice Week and efforts to empower parents to choose the best public or private education option for their children. For years, school choice efforts have mainly focused on the poor performance of traditional public schools. Growing political bias in the ...
Blended Learning

Can Technology Help Students and Save Education in California?

Click here to watch a video of PRI’s recent panel discussion on ed tech and blended learning in the classroom. Much of the debate in education over the last few years has centered around issues of standards, curricula and testing. While very important, these issues should not obscure the possibilities ...
Charter Schools

Donald Trump Says He Will Be “Biggest Cheerleader” for School Choice

Republican nominee Donald Trump says that, if elected president, he will make school choice the center of his education plan and will use $20 billion to establish a block grant to fund school choice for children living in low-income areas. Public schools are “our government-run monopoly” that has “trapped millions ...
California

LAUSD Election, New Data Provide Momentum For Charter Schools

Los Angeles Unified recently experienced a huge earthquake – a political seismic shift – when school board candidates supportive of charter schools defeated incumbents backed by the powerful local teachers union. And in a one-two punch, new research shows that charter schools are improving the achievement of the predominantly minority ...
California

Even Blue California Warms To School Choice

A new poll by the respected Public Policy Institute of California found that a large majority of Californians support school-choice vouchers, which would grant parents public funding to pay for private-school tuition for their children. While that finding may seem shocking in blue California, that shock quickly dissipates given the ...
Commentary

Politicized Teachers Push Radical Leftist Agenda

Typically, school choice advocates rely on school and student performance data to show that public schools are academically failing or underperforming compared to other schooling options. But as I have documented in my soon-to-be-released book, The Corrupt Classroom, parents in California and many other states have an even more-compelling reason ...
Commentary

Neil Gorsuch Could Help Religious Schools Get Public Funding

Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is known for his commitment to religious freedom and preventing government from discriminating against religious organizations and individuals. If confirmed, the new justice could help sway a case that could be a landmark in American education, paving the way for public funds to ...
California

A Choice For Kids With No Options Left

January 22nd to 28th will mark National School Choice Week, which promotes efforts to empower parents to choose the best education option for their children. There is probably no better example of why children need choices in education than Life Learning Academy (LLA) public charter school. Opponents of charter schools, ...
Common Core

Capital Ideas: Lots Of Reasons To Celebrate National School Choice Week

Download the Brief This week marks National School Choice Week (NSCW) and efforts to empower parents to choose the best public or private education option for their children. NSCW comes at perfect time given recent news about student performance and politics in the classroom. In December, scores for the 2015 ...
Charter Schools

Biased Classroom Politics: Another Reason for School Choices

During the week of January 22-28, we mark National School Choice Week and efforts to empower parents to choose the best public or private education option for their children. For years, school choice efforts have mainly focused on the poor performance of traditional public schools. Growing political bias in the ...
California

Biased Classroom Politics: Reason For School Choice

During the week of January 22-28, we mark National School Choice Week and efforts to empower parents to choose the best public or private education option for their children. For years, school choice efforts have mainly focused on the poor performance of traditional public schools. Growing political bias in the ...
Blended Learning

Can Technology Help Students and Save Education in California?

Click here to watch a video of PRI’s recent panel discussion on ed tech and blended learning in the classroom. Much of the debate in education over the last few years has centered around issues of standards, curricula and testing. While very important, these issues should not obscure the possibilities ...
Charter Schools

Donald Trump Says He Will Be “Biggest Cheerleader” for School Choice

Republican nominee Donald Trump says that, if elected president, he will make school choice the center of his education plan and will use $20 billion to establish a block grant to fund school choice for children living in low-income areas. Public schools are “our government-run monopoly” that has “trapped millions ...
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