Saturday, September 5, 2015 Elul 21, 5775

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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By:
Ted Kirsch
The American Jewish community has a proud tradition of fighting for equality, education and social justice, so it's no surprise that supporters of taxpayer-funded vouchers want to portray Senate Bill 1 as the "civil rights battle of our generation." They know how to appeal to us. But SB 1 is flawed legislation that, history shows, will not raise achievement and...
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Today's Battle for Civil Rights
By:
Anthony H. Williams
On June 11, 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood at the auditorium door to block African-American students Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood from enrolling in the University of Alabama. Today, the forces keeping students from receiving a quality education are less stark, but they are just as real and just as damaging. Today's battle is not to force universities...
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Still a Lot of 'Gray' Areas to Performing in Israel I found the article on whether or not Macy Gray was going to perform in Israel quite insulting to her (News Brief: "Macy Gray to Play Israel as Planned," Jan. 27). Even though her fans on Facebook told Ms. Gray to boycott Israel, she still decided to perform there. Sharon...
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We are watching the dramatic events unfold in Egypt with a mind-boggling mixture of fascination, empathy, awe and fear. It's not the first time that a people has risen up against an Egyptian ruler; we've been there and done that. And as a community that values democratic ideals, we can empathize with the passionate yearning for political liberty and economic...
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