July 2003 School Reform News

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July, 2003
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The July 2003 issue of School Reform News offers extensive coverage of the generally obstructionist role teacher unions and the education establishment play in school reform efforts.

Lexington Institute Senior Fellow Robert Holland reports on teacher union efforts to protect and strengthen their political clout in California, Illinois, and at the national level. He also covers Congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which reformers are hoping to use to bring needed change to the ed-school system that prepares and licenses K-12 teachers.

Managing Editor George A. Clowes summarizes a new Public Agenda survey of teachers and their opinion of teacher tenure, and reports on teacher union scandals in Florida’s Miami-Dade school district, Massachusetts, New York City, Louisiana, and San Francisco.

This issue’s exclusive interview is with Terry M. Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and one of the country’s leading experts on education policy, U.S. political institutions, and public bureaucracy. Moe explains how “our political system of checks and balances makes it difficult to get new legislation passed. ... If a powerful group really wants to block something, it can. That’s what the teacher unions have been doing for the past 20 years--blocking reforms.”

Also in this issue: more evidence on the success of Florida’s McKay scholarships; a legal challenge to Colorado’s fledgling voucher program; a new study of public school choice; a recent Cato Institute conference evaluating U.S. education 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education; a new study of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school program; and Don Soifer’s review of a new how-to guide for the structured English immersion alternative to traditional bilingual education.

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