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Friday, April 10, 2015

Nevada is latest state to pass private school choice program

The Washington Post – Emma Brown

“Nevada’s legislature has passed a law meant to help low-income students pay for private schools, making the Silver State the latest in a growing number of states to offer private school choice programs. The bill passed both houses on party-line votes and now heads to Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), who proposed the legislation and hailed its passage as a “great day for students across Nevada.”…The number of states offering private school choice programs has grown in recent years, and as of 2014, 24 states and the District offered some kind of public support to broaden access to private schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”(more)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We pick the five best school choice moments of 2014 – Staff Writer

“In the almost twenty-five years school choice programs have existed, there’s never been a year without controversy, lawsuits and plenty of heated anti-choice rhetoric. That annual dose of sound and fury can sometimes overshadow all the good that has happened. So as 2014 draws to a close, it’s important to look back and remember some of the best moments and important advances in school choice during the year. Watchdog surveyed some of the country’s leading school choice experts, and these are their picks for the five best school choice moments of 2014.”(more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Parents ask to intervene in voucher lawsuit

The Orlando Sentinel – Leslie Postal

“Parents using school vouchers to send their children to private school — including an Orlando mother of three — want to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the taxpayer-funded program.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Indiana Earns Top Marks in New School Voucher Ranking

Education Week – Arianna Prothero

“Looking at both the design and implementation of state school-choice systems, the Center for Education Reform analyzed over two dozen voucher programs across 14 states and the District of Columbia, giving each state a grade between A and D.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Students in Fla. Choice Program Keep Up With National Learning Gains, Study Says

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“With Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program slated to expand its reach in upcoming years, a study of 2012-13 academic year test scores from students in the program shows they are keeping up with their counterparts across the country when it comes to learning gains on national norm-referenced tests.” (more)

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)