Signed by President Bush in 2004, the program gives around 1,900 students from low-income [D.C.] families up to $7,500 to attend private schools of their choice. The five-year pilot program is up for renewal next year, but Ms. Rhee doesn't see school choice as a threat to her mission in the public schools. She shakes her head. "I would never, as long as I am in this role, do anything to limit another parent's ability to make a choice for their child. Ever."
By COLLIN LEVY
Saturday, December 22, 2007 12:01 A.M. EST
In February 2008, the [Massachusetts] board... became the first to reject a charter school recommended for approval by the commissioner of education.
During the board’s debate over the proposed charter school, Patrick appointee and board PTA representative Ruth Kaplan commented that charter schools are too focused on sending students to college, saying “families…don’t always know what’s best for their children.”
By Charles D. Chieppo and James T. Gass
Education Next Spring 2009 (vol. 9, no. 2)