Author Archives: Don Soifer

The Importance of Quality School Options for Military Children Lexington’s Don Soifer interviewed on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington DC.  Along with Education Week correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, he discusses the specific educational challenges facing the nation’s 1.2 million military-connected students, and growing evidence [Read More...]
The Achievement School District Model Supports Rigorous Public School Accountability Testimony of Don Soifer Before the Nevada Legislature Assembly Committee on Education April 5, 2017 Chairman Thompson and Committee Members, I am Don Soifer, representing the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, widely regarded as one of the nation’s [Read More...]
Opportunity Knocks as Bill Arrives to Governor McAuliffe’s Desk Virginia’s legislature approved a plan last month which, if signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, would create a new pathway for the approval of charter schools in areas with persistently struggling schools. The new proposal, authored by Senator Mark Obenshain and [Read More...]
Virginia’s New ‘School Divisions of Innovation’ Plan Eyes the Future of Learning A new law passed by Virginia’s legislature and expected to be signed this month by Governor Terry McAuliffe presents an important opportunity for the commonwealth to support the work of its most cutting-edge school divisions. Authored by Delegate Tag Greason [Read More...]
Military-Connected Students Face Educational Challenges From the Springfield (MO) News-Leader Today there are 1.2 million school-aged children of active-duty military personnel in the United States.  Most of these are younger children, and two out of five are younger than six. It is highly possible that [Read More...]
The Opportunity in Virginia’s Newest Charter School Plan When Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took office three years ago, he made a commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for all of Virginia’s children central to his inaugural address.  “Common ground doesn’t move towards us, we move towards it,” became a [Read More...]
Richmond Policy Briefing: Improving Educational Opportunities for Military-Connected Students The Lexington Institute is hosting a briefing to discuss new research on the educational opportunities of military-connected students on Wednesday, February 8 at 2:30 PM in the Virginia State Capitol.  We hope you will be able to join us. Findings [Read More...]
Needed International Mail Reforms Inch Forward International Postal Update – January 2017 MODEST PROGRESS WITH NEW POSTAGE RATE SYSTEM  At the 26th Universal Postal Congress (UPU) this fall, member countries voted to institute a new payment system for letters and small packages shipped by international mail. [Read More...]
Chancellor Wilson’s Brightly-Lit Road to Succeeding with the DC Public Schools The inspired choice of Antwan Wilson as new chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) brings to light several factors which should go a long way toward supporting his success in the dynamic education landscape of the Nation’s [Read More...]
How Honest is the Postal Service’s Lance Armstrong Lawsuit? The federal government’s lawsuit against former cycling champion Lance Armstrong could potentially cost the fallen icon nearly $100 million in damages.  But the U.S. Postal Service, on whose behalf the government is seeking to collect, has shown it knows a [Read More...]
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