Just when you thought HP might actually be slowing down on the blogging, I bring to you a new blog that has as one of its contributing authors yours truly.
Edspresso.com is a blog that was created by the Alliance for School Choice, one of the strongest defenders and promoters of what I consider to be the #1 most promising issue for Hispanic and underprivileged minorities – school vouchers. However, the new blog is not going to be limited to school vouchers but will instead cover a wide range of education related topics, ranging from vouchers to the No Child Left Behind Act.
The new blog will include:
- daily commentary
- cutting edge education news
- scheduled week-long debates between experts
- diverse and provocative guest writers, starting with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush here
As a person who always tries to see both sides of an issue, my favorite part of the blog is this:
A unique feature on the blog will be regular week-long debates between experts on education reform topics. The first debate will involve analysts from two major think tanks, the Cato Institute and the Fordham Foundation, on national standards in education.
Debates where well qualified experts on both sides of an issue get to present their views, and you, as an outside reader, can make up your own mind. I am a firm believer that the more one learns about vouchers, the more one becomes a fan, and the debates are the perfect way to learn about vouchers without having one side distort the others position.
Scheduled contributors for the first two weeks include:
- Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform, on school choice
- Clint Bolick, Alliance for School Choice and Star Parker, CURE, on the administrative action the Alliance and CURE filed in LA and Compton school districts
- Lori Drummer, American Legislative Exchange Council, on education spending
- Peter Hanley, California Parents for Educational Choice, on the administrative action the Alliance and CURE filed in LA and Compton school districts
- Dan Lips, Heritage Foundation, reviewing the new book “An Army of Davids” by blogger Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds
- Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute, debating national standards in education
- Sarah Natividad, blogger at Organic Baby Farm, on school reform legislation in Utah
- Katie Newmark, blogger at A Constrained Vision, on merit pay for teachers
- Michael J. Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, debating national standards in education
- Nancy Salvato, The Basics Project, on competition in education reform
I end with the ending quote from the Jeb Bush article mentioned above:
Researchers from the Manhattan Institute, Harvard and Cornell have independently studied Florida’s private school choice programs. All three studies concluded that the threat of vouchers actually creates the greatest improvement in struggling schools. Given the choice between losing students and raising the quality of education, schools rise to the challenge and make tremendous gains.
The Florida Supreme Court recently struck down one of Florida’s three choice programs on the grounds that it created competition for public schools – the very competition that has helped drive improvement in Florida’s schools. The ruling not only threatens the future of the 733 students in the Opportunity Scholarship program, but in varying degrees could also impact the 29,641 other low-income, minority and disabled students who currently use tuition vouchers.
School choice benefits all students whether they take advantage of the opportunity or not. Our ongoing reform efforts will include changing state law, or the Florida Constitution, to protect school choice programs from activist court rulings.
Please add Edspresso to your blogroll and check back often, it should get interesting. 🙂