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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Georgia House panel revives education savings accounts bill

Rome News-Tribune – AP

“A bill letting parents use state dollars toward private school tuition or other education expenses could receive a House floor vote as soon as Wednesday after a last-minute jumpstart from a key tax policy committee. The proposal from Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, would allow parents to set up an “education savings account” and sweep the state’s share of money for that student into it — about $4,400 using this year’s figures. Federal and local dollars would stay with the public school district. Hamilton said the bill lets parents choose the best strategy for their child, whether that’s a private school, additional tutoring programs or home schooling…Arizona and Florida have instituted similar programs, and lawmakers in a dozen states including Georgia are debating legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”(more)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Study Says Grant Program Would Save Texas Over $1 Billion

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report was released that details the benefits of a grant program in Texas that would offer public school children the opportunity to learn in private schools using state money. While education and teacher groups largely oppose the program, the study found that it would save the state billions of dollars and greatly improve education throughout the state.”(more)

Friday, January 2, 2015

School Choice Report Highlights Parent Experience

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report released by the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) suggests that education reform efforts should focus on parental experiences in addition to those of their children. This suggestion is especially true when it comes to school choice, writes Eric Schulzke for Deseret News. According to Michael DeArmond, a research analyst at CRPE based at the University of Washington in Seattle, parents today have many more options than they have had in the past, including charters, magnets, traditional neighborhood schools and the possibility for vouchers to attend private schools.”(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)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pence Proposes Education Agenda to Expand School Choice

The Heartland Institute – Heather Kays

“Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is proposing to expand school choice and education options beyond having the broadest school voucher program in the nation…The governor’s agenda calls for changing the school funding formula, which Pence says will allow the state to reward K-12 schools for student achievement and allow schools to give performance bonuses to good teachers. The plan would also address the disparity between funding of traditional public schools and schools of choice and fix chronically failing schools by allowing school corporations and external school operators to implement plans to improve them.”(more)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

School Choice a Top Priority for Republican Leaders in House, Senate

Education Week – Lauren Camera

“Be on the lookout for charter school or school voucher proposals to pop up early during the 114th Congress, as school choice legislation was named a top priority by the assumed Republican leaders in the House and in the Senate, which will flip to GOP control in January.” (more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

School Choice Wins, Common Core Loses in Election 2014

The Daily Signal – Lindsey Burke

“Last night’s election results have seismic implications for education policy at both the state and federal levels. Voters sent a message that school choice and local control are important to them.” (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)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Judge Tosses Out Florida Lawsuit on Private School Vouchers

Education News – Grace Smith

“A Florida judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking the expansion of the state’s major private school voucher program…The judge did say that Tom Fasse, a Lee County social studies teacher, and the union could amend the suit…” (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)