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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bill aims to spark STEM growth

Zanesville Times Recorder – Hannah Sparling

“What do you want to be when you grow up? Apparently, for many Ohio children, it’s what they don’t want to be that’s worrying state officials, and that’s anything do with STEM careers — science, technology, engineering and math…“One of the things we know is that these jobs …are the future of the 21st century…””(more)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Florida Parents Increasingly Prefer Private Schools to Public Schools

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“Florida’s education system is in a massive state of flux at the moment…It’s no wonder that an increasing number of parents are throwing up their hands at the whole thing and are instead exploring other options. According to Kathleen McGrory of the Miami Herald, many are using the state’s tax credit scholarship program to enroll their children in private schools.” (more)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wisconsin floats private school tuition tax break

Wausau Daily Herald – Staff Writer

“A Republican-backed proposal giving tax credits to parents of students in private schools is being floated in the Legislature as negotiations continue behind closed doors to find an alternative to Gov. Scott Walker’s school voucher expansion plan.”(more)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Your brain and the Internet

The Charlotte Observer – Kay McSpadden

“Is the Internet making us crazy? That’s the question posed by a recent Newsweek article by senior writer Tony Dokoupil. He suggests that neither the technology itself nor the content is responsible for the behavioral changes linked to Internet use.”(more)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tax Credit Strategy Fuels Private School Choice Push

Education Week – Sean Cavanagh

“The political climate in many states has become ripe for private-school choice, and few choice models are proving as popular as tax-credit scholarships. To supporters of those programs, the rationale for creating them is financial and legal, as well as educational.” (more)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Research Says About School Choice

Education Week – Nine Scholars and Analysts

“Last year we saw an unprecedented wave of new school choice programs launch across the country. These hard-won political victories for the choice movement also consolidated important improvements in program design. Following 20 years of heated debate, new programs reflect a growing sophistication regarding the design and implementation of school choice policies.”(more)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friedman Foundation Releases School Choice Handbook

Education News – B. A. Birch

“The ABCs of School Choice was first released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice in 2003. The handbook provided in-depth profiles of each voucher, education savings account, tax-credit scholarship, and individual tax credit and deduction program in the country. And now, to mark the beginning of National School Choice Week, the Friedman Foundation have released a brand new 2012 edition of ABCs of School Choice that includes program summaries, information on scholarship values, student eligibility and participation, and the latest relevant statistics and trends.(more)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Enlow: School Choice Week Highlights Demand for Options

Education News – Robert Enlow

“Now, parents and grandparents are lining up again next week to participate in National School Choice Week 2012 and further amplify the call for effective schools that motivate and challenge our students. While politicians keep talking about pouring more money into schools, citizens are getting more engaged to demand school choice.”(more)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Public Weighs In on School Reform

Education Next – William Howell, Paul E. Peterson and Martin West

“But how have Americans actually responded to these developments? Have they grown more supportive of the current direction of school reform, or are there instead signs of a backlash? And how do the views of teachers compare to those of the public at large?…These are among the questions we explore in this, the fifth-annual Education Next–PEPG Survey, which interviewed a nationally representative sample of some 2,600 American citizens during April and May of 2011.” (more)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Enlow: Friedman Economics and the Year of School Choice

Education News – Robert Enlow

“Friedman noted that education had been stuck in a 19th Century model for decades, producing results that hadn’t kept up with our fast-paced world. That’s why he offered his vision of privatizing a portion of the educational establishment with school choice, to provide a variety of learning opportunities for students and to offer competition to public schools. In 2011, we may have finally launched Friedman’s Year of School Choice.” (more)