The March 2003 issue of School Reform News features Page 1 coverage of a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Teachers against one of its own: the Washington Teachers’ Union. Just before Christmas last year, federal officials raided the homes and offices of former WTU officials in search of goods--including $500,000 in custom-made clothing and a 288-piece antique Tiffany sterling silver set--allegedly purchased with more than $5 million in misappropriated union funds.
Page 1 also reports on a new study of the real-world effects of competition on public schools and lessons the U.S. might learn from Sweden’s 10-year experiment with school choice.
Also in this issue: charters for DC schools and tax credits for the rest of us; Third World lessons on school choice; a new online tool for helping states comply with No Child Left Behind; 10 myths of reading instruction; and Managing Editor George Clowes’ reviews of four new books on education reform.
This month’s exclusive interview is with Lawrence Patrick, president and CEO of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). Patrick is emphatic that the only way to effectively address the problems of the U.S. education system is to give parents the power to choose. “The key is getting the word out to parents,” Patrick says. “If they don’t know that they have a choice, or that options should be available, or who to be angry with when choices aren’t available, then it’s difficult for us to advance our mission.”
A super-sized edition--four pages, rather than two--of the Friedman Report profiles Jackie Cissell and Barato Britt, a “dynamic duo” teaming up at BAEO, and reports on activities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
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