Conservative Group Goes After Northam’s Opposition to School Choice

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam holds a thumbs up during a campaign event at the Greater Richmond Convention Center October 19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Northam is running against Republican Ed Gillespie to be the next governor of Virginia. / Getty Images

A conservative group is seizing on Democrat Ralph Northam’s opposition to pro-school choice legislation in recent years, as it makes its closing argument for why Virginia voters shouldn’t put Northam in the governor’s mansion. Americans for Prosperity is using new findings from the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis showing vast inequality in educational opportunities for students in high …

Charter Schools Boost Performance of Nearby Schools

Anti-school choice activists often argue that charter school expansion hurts existing schools, but a new study of New York City schools found that new charter schools are increasing the performance of schools around them.

The peer-reviewed statistical analysis, conducted by Temple University professor Sarah Cordes, indicates charter schools are not only helping the students enrolled, but also students at schools that feel pressured to increase performance due to their close proximity to a new charter school.