Education

School funding, rankings, and choice

By John Biver

Advocating for reform requires a lot of repetition. The successful advertisers understand that human nature requires it – it’s why you often see particular ads more often than you’d like. And so we too…

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An early test for a governor wannabe

By John Biver

Four years ago today, August 27, 2004, I issued a challenge that I’ll once again repeat: any Republican considering a run for governor needs to get serious about education reform. My favorite story from…

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Politics, Markets and America’s Schools

By John Biver

The title of this column is taken from the important and best selling book written by John Chubb and Terry Moe advancing market-based solutions aimed at achieving genuine school reform. The fact that their…

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Roger Eddy (tax eater) v. Jerry Roper (tax payer)

By John Biver

Originally posted April 4, 2008. The word from Springfield is that Roger Eddy, state representative and public school administrator, is seeking to round up some of the usual pro-tax-increase suspects from his fellow Republicans. The…

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Educator Accountability: Hidden Violations

By John Biver

Scott Reeder, the reporter who brought you “The Hidden Costs of Tenure,” also produced “Hidden Violations,” another excellent investigative series. The information found in both reports raise questions about the performance of Republican state legislators….

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School board races: it’s all about reform

By John Biver

As we stated last week the Illinois public schools are in need of an overhaul. Reckless spending and continuing academic performance mediocrity is the rule. Billions of additional dollars flooding the system over the…

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