School Choice with Reason's Lisa Snell

"In our life we take for granted choice in all aspects that are so much less important than the education of our own children," says Lisa Snell, director of education and child welfare policy at Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this site. Snell has pushed for greater school choice across the country, and is perhaps best known as the person who helped defeat a 2006 California ballot initiative for universal preschool.
The new law, which was championed by moviemaker and actor Rob Reiner, would have cost over $100,000 per each new preschooler added while delivering no clear educational benefits.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Snell was interviewed by Reason TV's Tracy Oppenheimer live from our new studio in Los Angeles. The topics covered included the Obama administration's national standards, pushback by teachers unions against school choice, the efficacy of letting parents and kids select their schools, and whether vouchers, charters, and similar reforms don't go far enough in challenging the educational status quo.

Snell has a master's in communication from Cal State, publishes widely on school choice and foster care reform, and works with federal, state, and local officials to implement reforms designed to give more power to individual kids and parents.

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  • Anonymous Coward||

    OT:
    Nancy Pelosi doesn't know the difference between the First Amendment and the Second

    Nancy Pelosi. What can you say about her save that she is a proud member of the Confederacy of Dunces?

  • John||

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  • Anonymous Coward||

    Thank you, John, for destroying a piece of my soul. I'll be sure to repay the favor someday.

  • Ted S.||

    Sci Fi geeks disrepair???

  • John||

    Despair.

  • ||

    Meh looks more like a Deathmau5 outfit.

  • John||

    http://choicemedia.tv/2013/02/.....-the-past/

    This is why they are so afraid of school choice.

  • Sevo||

    That would do it. Schools that deliver what parents want for the kids rather than what the union wants for the members?
    Hint: vote #1.

  • John||

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....z2KVQpNCmp

    If this is true, and it looks pretty credible, John Brennen needs to be in prison.

  • Xenocles||

    Are you talking about the Petraeus sting or the weapons thing? Because I have a hard time pinning the blame for Petraeus's fall on anyone but him.

  • Calidissident||

    I think he's talking about the raids he supposedly authorized.

  • John||

    I am talking about the secret and illegal war in North Africa

  • Xenocles||

    Yeah, thought so. Although the overt war was also arguably illegal.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    TPTB knew of Petraeus affair at least 2 years before he left the military. Came out in wikileaks.

  • ||

    Nancy has a plan to avoid sequestration cuts. Apparently the plan amounts to not having them.

    "...we've had plenty of spending cuts, $1.6 trillion in the Budget Control Act. What we need is growth."

    That is just a cheap ass semantic deception in the vein of church signs. At least when the churches do it they do it tounge-in-cheek to attract attention. This vile cunt is serious.

  • Almanian!||

    "The law is what I SAY it is!"

    /The Senator character in "Sniper" before he gets shot to death

  • Virginian||

    The book was so much better. All of that guy's books are great actually.

  • Ted S.||

    Has the budget gone down year-on-year? If not, there have been no spending cuts.

  • Sevo||

    I'm not sure that hag is smart enough to realize when she's lying.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Asteroid impacts caused by Global Warming

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/b.....al-warming

  • ||

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    If you havent already clicked that link and read the story DONT!

    You will lose 20 IQ points by reading that.

  • juris imprudent||

    That is Controlled Substance level destruction of the brain.

  • World's Oldest Fraggle||

    Can't you people science properly? Energy has mass. Greenhouse gases trap the sun's energy. A more massive earth has more gravity attracting more meteors.

    Q.F.D

  • 34lbs||

    I know it's hard to juxtapose the 2 but more and more do i see similarities between creationists and environmentalists....

    Maybe human derived global warming killed the dinosaurs... the dinosaurs went extinct.. humans do accelerate the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causing a greenhouse effect... can you see the connection 0_o

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Bill Nye may be a smart sciencetician, but he's a global warming alarmist.

  • ||

    Contradictio in adjecto

  • 34lbs||

    One thing i always have trouble with is convincing people that you can believe in global warming and also think that government is too fucking retarded to deal with it... in the mind of environmentalists and most of the left... if you don't want government to fix it, you don't believe the problem exists.

  • The Derider||

    Do you have any non-government solutions to the problem? Or are you arguing that we're fucked and there's nothing to be done about it.

  • 34lbs||

    One thing i always have trouble with is convincing people that you can believe in global warming and also think that government is too fucking retarded to deal with it... in the mind of environmentalists and most of the left... if you don't want government to fix it, you don't believe the problem exists.

  • 34lbs||

    fucking double post, sorry for commenting too much

  • Sevo||

    So SF's former pretty-boy mayor (Gavin Newsom) decides hosting the America's Cup will be oh, so, wonderful for SF, or for his rep. Pretty sure this decision occurs after some serious selling by the AC committee and various yacht-people from the Bay Area; see: ..."city officials originally thought would bring in $300 million."... Natch, big money coming in, I promise.... Sorta...
    Well, in order to get the 'privilege' of hosting this wonderful event, said pretty-boy negotiates (!) with Larry Ellison. It seems the negotiations Newsom has been involved with prior to this concerns getting in the knickers of various women (including his chief-of-staffs wife).
    Prolly deer-in-the-headlights, but Newsom declares victory, goes off to become Lt. Gov. of CA (where he can't be blamed) and then:
    "America's Cup could cost S.F. millions"
    "Stalled efforts to bring in big donors could put San Francisco taxpayers on the hook for upward of $20 million for the America's Cup."
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/.....265828.php
    Yes, folks, the SF taxpayers are on the hook to put on a yacht race for one of the richest people on the planet, and I'm having a hard time working up sympathy for those pathetic examples of sentient beings who elected that empty-headed twit.

  • Ted S.||

    Why does it cost money to host yacht races, anyhow? The yachts are out on open water, so it's not as if you have to build an arena for them.

  • Sevo||

    "it's not as if you have to build an arena for them."

    Ha and ha!
    Not only must the yachts have premium piers and enclosed spaces, you don't expect Larry to watch from some bleacher, do you?
    I mean DO YOU?!

  • Ted S.||

    Packer owners watch the games from the bleachers.

  • Sevo||

    Yeah, and they ain't Larry.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Craft Services ain't free.
    Yacht people like to eat well.
    The Subway platter ain't gonna cut it.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    SF taxpayers are on the hook to put on a yacht race for one of the richest people on the planet

    You can't get rich throwing your own money around on stuff like this.

  • Sevo||

    Not if you can get some sucker mayor to promise taxpayer money.
    Larry Ellison probably didn't break a sweat screwing Newsom out of that.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Warning: Contains hipster beards

  • Almanian!||

    Westminster Dog Show. My [five] dogs could not care less - probably because only 1 of our Labs is a purebred. The mutts get tired of those uppity, clean, brushed out, skinny, hipster Kennel Klub dogs.

    JEALOUS!

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Elaine: You wanted to see me, Mr. Lippman?

    Lippman: I was just going over the Jake Jarmel book and I understand you worked with him very closely.

    Elaine: Yes, krhm, yes I did.

    Lippman: And, anyway I was just reading your final edit, um, there seems to be an inordinate number of exclamation points.

    Elaine: Well, I felt that the writing lacked certain emotion and intensity.

    Lippman: Oh, "It was damp and chilly afternoon, so I decided to put on my sweatshirt!"

    Elaine: Right, well...

    Lippman: You put exclamation point after sweatshirt?

    Elaine: That's that's correct, I-I felt that the character doesn't like to be ch-ch-chilly...

    Lippman: I see, "I pulled the lever on the machine, but the Clark bar didn't come out!" Exclamation point?

    Elaine: Well, yeah, you know how frustrating that can be when you keep putting quarters and quarters in to machine and then *prrt* nothing comes out...

    Lippman: Get rid of the exclamation points...

    Elaine: Ok, ok ok ...

    Lippman: I hate exclamation points...

    Elaine: ...ok I'll just....
  • John||

    I love the dog show. I can only do it once a year. Any more would be too much. But two nights a year is great. All those funky breads you never see

  • Sevo||

    Most of it doesn't work; fat-assed women, dogs that are obviously begging.
    And then you get an Uno! Personality plus! And, hey, there's no football to watch.
    Do we have an Uno this year?

  • jtelliott77||

    "Snell has a master's in communication from Cal Stat"
    Because that is relevant to government, taxes, economics or sociology.

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  • ||

    Teacher’s union lobbyists are willing to rob the US treasury by attempting to transform slow minded students into high-tech employees. Forcing mentally challenged kids to learn more than reading, writing, and arithmetic means wasting 400 billion of taxpayers hard earned money. A better idea would be to build heated sports facilities where millions of these kids can jump, play, and do what keeps them happy. But children that are willing to learn should be given the opportunity to expand their education and go on to become the pride of the American workforce. Thousands of school teachers would lose their useless jobs, but they would rise again by becoming great sports directors and basketball coaches.

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