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How Can Private Schools Contribute To the Public Good?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Some have called summer the “most unequal time of the year,” and Johns Hopkins researchers found that summer learning loss in elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade. And yet, swimming is a crucial part of the Horizons program, a public-private partnership to give local public school students the kind of summer experiences that more affluent families pay for over the break. The program is designed to help reduce the summer slide.” (more)

LeBron James Opens I Promise School For Akron’s At-Risk Kids

The Huffington Post – David Moye

“Even NBA legends can get the jitters on the first day of school. Just ask LeBron James. On Monday, the basketball great opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The school focuses on students who are at risk in reading and need additional academic intervention so they don’t fall further behind their classmates. About 240 third- and fourth-graders will attend classes this first year, with enrollment set to expand to 1,000 students in grades 1 through 8 by 2022, according to Cleveland TV station WEWS.” (more)

Private School Choice Increases College Enrollment in Florida. Could It Work Nationally?

Education Next – Matthew M. Chingos and Daniel Kuehn

“The Trump administration has championed private school choice, but critics have pushed back, bolstering their arguments with evidence that such programs can lower student test scores. Our new report on a Florida private school choice program complicates this policy debate. Low-income students who used public dollars to attend private schools through the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) scholarship program enrolled in college at higher rates than their public school counterparts, according to our new study of more than 10,000 FTC participants. The FTC program, which is essentially a voucher program funded by business tax credits, is the largest private school choice program in the country and has been held up as a national model by advocates and policymakers.”(more)

‘It Gave Us a Choice When We Didn’t Have One’: Private School Choice Participants Flood Capitol to Tell Their Stories

The 74 Million – Carolyn Phenicie

“Private school choice was among the only education pledges made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail and has been a decades-long focus of advocacy by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Congress reauthorized the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship, the only federally funded program, earlier this year, but like other Trump administration priorities, the odds of any kind of national private school choice program being enacted are looking increasingly slim. The administration proposed a $250 million voucher program in this year’s budget; House Republicans, the caucus that should be most open to the idea, didn’t include the program in its 2018 Education Department spending bill.”(more)

Trump Calls for New School Choice Initiatives, Big Cuts to K-12 Budget

The 74 Million – Carolyn Phenicie

“President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes a huge increase for school choice while making big cuts to the Education Department’s overall budget. The budget includes increases for the charter school fund, a new program for private school choice, and incentives for states to make sure some Title I dollars for low-income students follows them as they move among schools. The $1.4 billion in new dollars for school choice eventually will ramp up to $20 billion, the budget says, matching the amount Trump pledged to spend on school choice during his campaign. “We will give our children the right to attend the school of their choice, one where they will be taught to love our country and its values,” Trump pledged at a rally in Nashville Wednesday evening.”(more)

Five big ways Trump presidency could change schools

The Miami Herald – Kyra Gurney

” Donald Trump has provided only scant details on his education agenda but the ideas he has pitched make one thing certain: the president-elect’s vision for American schools is very different from that of his predecessor. Trump has said he would shrink the Department of Education — or demolish it altogether — and vowed to be “the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice.” On the campaign trail he also called for an end to gun-free school zones, and for changes in the student loan system. His transition website, which devotes just two paragraphs to the subject, identifies a few other priorities including early childhood education and magnet and theme-based programs.”(more)