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Maryland’s Mistake: Vouchers Comes To The Free State

Maryland recently became the latest state to adopt a school voucher program that will benefit mostly religious schools. The state will spend $5 million on the program, which is aimed at low-income students in Baltimore.

The Washington Post is ecstatic. The newspaper, which constantly promotes vouchers on its editorial page, recently published an editorial that reads like a string of talking points from the Cato Institute.

Bad News For The Badger State: Voucher Program Could Lead To Higher Property Taxes

Recent changes to Wisconsin’s private school voucher program are resulting in less money for public schools, an outcome that’s no surprise because some “school choice” advocates have long sought to drain government-run schools of their resources. But in a turn of events that voucher supporters may come to regret, the Badger State’s scheme could eventually lead to higher property taxes.

Radical Reactions: Yes, The Religious Right Is Freaking Out Over The Marriage Equality Ruling

The Washington Post over the weekend published a rather silly column online by Judd Birdsall, managing director of the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies, asserting that opponents of same-sex marriage had reacted gracefully to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court.

Long Live The Culture Wars: Could Social Issues Dominate In 2016?

Conventional wisdom holds that social issues won’t have much impact on the 2016 presidential election. Americans are more concerned about jobs and the economy, and besides, some recent polls show that Americans are less religious and moving to the left on social issues.

That’s the conventional wisdom. But there’s a problem – conventional wisdom can be, and often is, wrong.

Wishy-Washy Walker: Wisc. Governor Refuses To Answer Question On Evolution

Today is Darwin Day, which some people observe in order to celebrate Charles Darwin’s contributions to science. So this seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone that even 156 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, some politicians are still struggling with the concept of evolution – and trying to force creationism into public schools.

Change Of Heart: Wisc. Voucher Pioneer Grew Disillusioned With ‘School Choice’

In 1949, five domestic house cats were introduced to tiny Marion Island, which is off the coast of South Africa, in an effort to control the local mouse population. By 1977, the cat population had ballooned to 3,400, placing the local species of birds in danger of extinction.

It’s an old story: something that was intended to solve a problem instead creates a host of new ones.

Deluded Duo: Wisc. and La. Governors Defend ‘School Choice’ Schemes Against Discrimination Charges

The Obama administration has been investigating private school voucher programs in Wisconsin and Louisiana for possible racial discrimination and failure to accommodate special-needs children, putting the governors of those two states on the defensive as they try to explain away some pretty serious accusations.

Dastardly Deal: Wisconsin Gov. Has Republicans On Board With His School Voucher Scheme

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has faced pushback of late from his own party when it comes to his private school voucher expansion, but now it seems he’s cleared some major hurdles and will move forward.

We’ve known for some time that Walker had grand plans to fund religious and other private schools statewide, which I’m sure had nothing to do with the fact that voucher advocacy groups have donated $2.35 million to support Walker since 2006.

Weak Week: School Voucher Boosters Launch ‘Choice’ Propaganda Drive

It’s “School Choice Week.” This event was drummed up by a coterie of sectarian interest groups and right-wing ideologues that don’t like public schools and want to replace them with taxpayer-subsidized religious and other private schools.

Of course, school choice boosters don’t come right out and say that. They pretend School Choice Week is about all kinds of “educational choice” – everything from charter schools to homeschooling. Lurking behind the curtain, however, is an uncomfortable truth: This is mostly about vouchers.