Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

By:
Avi Weiss
Feb. 11 marks 25 years since Natan Sharansky crossed the Glienicke Bridge from East to West Germany and became a free man. Countless stories have been told about his defiance of the Soviets and courageous actions during more than nine years of imprisonment. Sharansky is one of many heroic prisoners of Zion. But it is through his wife, Avital, that...
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How About Vouchers to Cure Every Social Ill? I read in the arguments in the Jewish Exponent -- pro and con -- about school vouchers, and I am now convinced that we need them (Editorial & Opinions: "Will Vouchers Empower Parents and Students? Or Will They Limit Their Freedom of Choice?" Feb. 3). But why stop there? How about a...
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By:
Howie Beigelman
Everyone knows the Orthodox community supports school reform for "parochial" reasons -- the strain on our household budgets from multiple tuitions at Jewish day school. But Orthodox support is about far more. It's about Jewish values. The poor and near poor in our society are trapped in failing schools. That's not right or fair. That was also the message of...
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By:
David Glanzberg-Krainin and David Ackerman
We both graduated from excellent public schools and today live in suburban communities with outstanding public school systems. Our children -- six between us -- all attend private Jewish day schools. We have made that choice based on our families' personal commitments and values. While the school choice that we have made for our families involves sacrifice, we are blessed...
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By:
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
In theory, school choice ought to offer a way out of our educational woes. Knowledgeable parents and children trapped in a failing educational system would use tax dollars to choose among excellent options. Bad teachers in inadequate classrooms should conveniently fade away as free-market competition allows successful programs to bubble to the top. Poor children then would have the same...
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