WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

National School Choice Week Emphasizes Public School Issues

Play associated audio

By Jessica Gould

National School Choice Week kicks off Monday with a series of events designed to spotlight the problems in public schools and advocate for union accountability, charter schools and vouchers.

Michelle Bernard, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, is organizing one of the local events. She says school choice is a civil rights issue.

"Particularly in the District of Columbia, where...so many kids that are subjected to schools that are under-performing are primarily Hispanic and African American students," Bernard says.

But she argues that teachers' unions can stand in the way of choice and educational excellence.

"The way that a lot of teachers unions are structured, jobs are protected even if you are not performing, and that is the biggest obstacle to school choice," she says.

In a statement, Washington Teachers Union President Nathan Saunders counters educational activists should focus on improving traditional public schools, which serve a majority of American students. He says public schools remain an equally viable -- if not better choice -- for parents.

NPR

The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.
NPR

Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease

A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.
WAMU 88.5

America's Tolerance For Gun Violence

There are more gun-related deaths in America than in any other industrialized nation. We discuss what makes the U.S. different and why some hold out hope that change is possible.

NPR

China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.