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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Americans Think Education Is on the ‘Wrong Track’—but Support for School Choice Is on the Rise

The Daily Signal – Brittany Corona

“Support for school choice is on the rise, but Americans hold a “dim view of the federal government’s performance in K-12 education,” found the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice in its newly released “2014 Schooling in America Survey.”” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Florida Governor Approves Bill to Expand Tax-Credit Scholarship Program

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that expands the state’s tax-credit scholarship program to a larger range of students and creates a new education savings account program…In 2016-17, the maximum income threshold for eligibility will be 260 percent of poverty, or about $62,000 annually for a family of four.” (more)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Florida School-Choice Expansion Set to Include More Higher-Income Households

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“Florida lawmakers have approved an expansion of its tax-credit scholarship program that would allow more students from higher-income backgrounds to become eligible for scholarship funds in the school-choice program.”(more)

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)