RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina would further expand school choice programs and increase the number of people who could have criminal records erased under bills that won Senate approval...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A dispute among Missouri Republican senators over school choice is delaying a proposal for a $22 million adult scholarship program, an important piece of Gov. Mike...
Trump encourages Tennessee to pass school voucher plan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed school voucher bill in Tennessee has caught the attention and support of President Donald Trump.
Trump tweeted Wednesday that Tennessee was close to...
Bevin promotes school choice with US education secretary
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration's top education official teamed up with Kentucky's governor and others Wednesday to promote school choice initiatives that use tax credits to pay for...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A key Tennessee Republican says Gov. Bill Lee's proposed school choice initiative will likely face substantial changes now that the current version seeks to prohibit...
Wisconsin choice schools sue state over virtual learning
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group representing private schools in Wisconsin's choice program sued the state education department Wednesday, saying it illegally forbids choice schools from counting...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Outgoing Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner says he is most proud of his work offering school choice, and he says there needs to be more of a student voice in...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new coalition of Ohio business leaders focusing on education and related policy is expressing support for school choice, saying families should decide the best school for...
CABOT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school board official says there could be options for school choice in the future despite voters rejecting a measure to close their local high school.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday unveiled his long awaited school-choice agenda, announcing a sweeping proposal that would boost the number of parents who can use...
DeVos proposes federal tax credits to advance school choice
The Trump administration renewed its push for school choice on Thursday with a proposal to provide $5 billion a year in federal tax credits for donations made to groups offering scholarships for...
The Latest: Opposition to Evers’ plan for voucher schools
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Tony Evers' state budget proposal (all times local):
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to freeze enrollment in Wisconsin's program that...
School choice backers tout scholarship tax credit proposal
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — School choice supporters in Kentucky are urging state lawmakers to support a tax credit program aimed at boosting private school scholarships.
House Majority Floor Leader John "Bam" Carney said Thursday that the proposal will be introduced when lawmakers reconvene in early February to resume this year's legislative session. Similar bills calling for a scholarship tax credit program died in previous years.
Ricketts proclaims ‘School Choice Week’ in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a proclamation celebrating School Choice Week, an annual effort to promote private alternatives to public schools.
The event on Thursday came one day after the annual "I Love Public Schools Day," an effort to tout the importance of K-12 public schools.
As proponents rally, Mississippi school choice outlook murky
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It's unclear whether Mississippi lawmakers will seek to expand charter schools or public subsidies for private schools in the current legislative session, even as proponents held a rally Tuesday to press for action.
Providence holding annual school choice fair
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of Providence families are expected to attend the latest school choice fair — a chance for parents and students to express interest in the city's top schools.
Saturday's event at the Providence Career and Technical Academy will draw representatives from 41 city and district charter schools.
Families of incoming kindergarteners, sixth-graders and ninth-graders can request their top choices for schools for the 2019-2020 academic year that begins this fall.
Pioneer of school choice in Ohio, top Republican donor dies
A wealthy industrialist who founded a for-profit charter school and became a pioneer in Ohio's school choice movement has died.
David Brennan, an influential Republican donor who gave back millions to his hometown of Akron, died Sunday, his daughter Nancy Brennan said. He was 87.
Brennan started his career as an attorney and later founded a company that bought and sold manufacturing plants that made steel and auto parts.
- Wisconsin State JournalCJ Szafir and Libby Sobic: DPI should let all schools count online learningMay 5, 2019
- Connecticut PostBridgeport school board member to lobby for school choice movementMay 5, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesSchool voucher programApril 6, 2019
- The DayGroton fifth-graders making magnet school choiceMarch 22, 2019
- WRAL-TVFormer lawmakers join NC school choice group's boardMarch 15, 2019
Court rules school must pay for private tuition under law
SACO, Maine (AP) — A court has ruled a small district must pay tuition for students who choose to attend a local private school.
Journal Tribune reports the Maine Superior Court this month ruled Regional School Unit 21 must pay for Arundel students attending Thornton Academy Middle School.
The academy's headmaster cheered the decision as a win for publicly funded school choice.
Appeal planned in Connecticut school choice lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of Connecticut parents and students intends to appeal after a federal judge dismissed most of its claims in a lawsuit challenging the state's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs.
The families sued state officials in 2016, saying a moratorium on new magnet schools and other restrictions are unconstitutional and have forced thousands of low-income and minority students to attend low-performing public schools.
Judge dismisses most claims in school choice lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed most claims in a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's restrictions on magnet schools, charter schools and school choice programs, saying there is no fundamental right to equal education opportunity under the federal Constitution.
Poll: Support for school choice growing among Republicans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday.
The findings by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard's Kennedy School and Stanford University, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promotes alternatives to traditional public schools.
Federal judge refuses to block Arkansas student transfers
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge is refusing to block Arkansas students in four districts from transferring to nearby districts pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the Arkansas School Choice Act, which allows such transfers.
Representatives of the Walmart company heirs deny any involvement in the Georgia governor's race after a candidate was secretly recorded saying he backed a school choice law because campaign money from the family's non-profit foundation was at stake.
ATKINSON, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is heading to New Hampshire just after the Legislature killed a school choice bill championed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.
DeVos, an outspoken supporter of school choice, school vouchers and charter schools will headline the New Hampshire Republican Party's annual spring fundraising dinner Monday at the Atkinson Country Club.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Chris Sununu bills to reauthorize the state's expanded Medicaid program, ban therapy to change a child's sexual orientation and change residency rules for voting.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — School choice supporters urged state House lawmakers on Tuesday to stop studying and start acting on a bill they say will bolster placement of children in schools that best fit their needs.
Election season is coming up, and school funding will rightly be a major issue. Adjusting to a five year moving average on enrollment numbers would stabilize school funding and disincentivize wasteful district spending.
There are many aspects to school funding that cannot be explained in short, but this one adjustment would help equalize school financing options. Right now school finance is too much a sales pitch when it should be a commitment to satisfaction.
School choice movement growing nationwide, surveys indicate overwhelming support by voters
National surveys and statewide reports indicate that the majority of likely voters support the use of taxpayer money to fund school choice programs.
NEW CANAAN — Republican candidates for governor took a page out of their national counterparts’ playbook when they addressed education for the first time in a debate.
The majority of the nine candidates on stage at a public middle school advocated school choice, though they never explicitly used the phrase “voucher system.”
During a debate on school choice in America, Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said Wednesday he could speak first-hand about what it was like to walk into a school system decimated by unregulated choice.
"You hear about studies on choice. If you want to go to the place where choice was implemented at the purest level of the laissez-faire market, come to Michigan and come to Detroit," Vitti said told a room of educators at Wayne State University.
Washington — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came here from the Grand Rapids area to reform education and expand alternatives to traditional public schools, but her agenda has been rebuffed by a Republican-led Congress and stymied by the polarized climate surrounding her tenure.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The constant tweaking of a bill that would use public money to send New Hampshire children to private school is further proof that it should fail, a group of school administrators, teachers and parents said Thursday.
DeVos Defends Comments Made on 60 Minutes
Judging from their recent discussions, members of the Greensburg Salem School Board should pause and reflect on whom they serve and what their proper role is in the education process ("Greensburg Salem School Board divided on state voucher proposal").
Ron Mellinger's smug understanding of school choice — "I think you choose to live where you live, and if you don't like the school you can move out" — is highly offensive to parents and deserves a public rebuke.
Indiana's school voucher system continues to grow, with the state spending $153 million for the 2017-18 academic year : a record for the program : to help more than 35,000 students attend private schools.
A report on the 7-year-old voucher program : also known as school choice : shows a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year in the number of students taking part. It also shows the cost to Indiana public schools continues to rise.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education is requiring four school districts to participate in interdistrict student transfers, despite worries that students crossing district lines will result in "white flight."
DeVos backs expanding school choice for military children
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday called for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children.
The idea is part of Trump administration's focus on expanding school choice — alternatives to traditional public schools across the nation.
Arkansas districts appeal denial of school-choice exemption
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Education denied four districts exemption from participating in Public School Choice Act student transfers across district lines in the 2018-19 academic year.
W-B Area To Propose Student Choice Plan On School Enrollment
WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District will propose a policy to allow student choice on high school enrollment, according to a motion approved 7-1 Monday by the school board at an emotional meeting that continued a debate about whether the current high school consolidation plan would cause racial segregation.
In response to the Governor’s editorial published in the Columbus Telegram on Jan. 27, we would like to weigh in on the school choice sentiment displayed by the Governor and some state lawmakers. School choice is a hot topic that is always heavily discussed around our capital during the legislative session. We are told that school choice will be the cure-all for those “failing public schools”. However, school choice has long been a prevalent practice across Nebraska.
Senate won’t debate bill to spend more on private schools
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A proposal to spend more of Mississippi's public money to send children to private schools appears dead in the Legislature.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that he won't ask the Senate to move forward with debate on Senate Bill 2623 , which would expand educational savings accounts, because he believes the bill won't pass the House.
LAKE CITY, S.C. – Florence County School District Three held one of two meetings Tuesday evening to inform parents of the new schools choice options that will begin next school year.
A $9.1 million Magnet School Assistance Program grant has made it possible for Olanta Elementary and J. Paul Truluck Intermediate schools to become magnet schools, in addition to changes at the district’s other schools. Each school will have a specific focus, creating choice for parents and students.
Mississippi lawmakers advance private school choice bill
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers will debate spending more public money to send children to private schools, as a bill to allow such a plan advanced out of committee to the full Senate on Tuesday.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, acknowledged that the bill would be a "drastic, disruptive change" to Mississippi's educational system, but said that's what's needed.
Immanual Lutheran among Lutheran schools celebrating National School Choice Week
ALLIANCE — Lutheran schools all across the country celebrated National Lutheran Schools week Jan. 21-26.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod established Lutheran schools at its start in 1847. To this day, they maintain the largest Protestant school system in the United States.
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School in Alliance is one of the many schools celebrating during what is National School Choice Week.
Jill Mueller, head teacher at Immanuel Evangelical, shared about the celebration.
Parents planning to send their children to school in a district other than the one lived in can apply online starting Feb. 5.
The open enrollment period for Wisconsin's public school choice program will run through April 30, the Department of Public Instruction said.
The school choice program started in the 1998-99 school year, with 2,464 students attending school in a district other than their home district.
Amidst the ongoing political noise and distractions in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump continues to focus on and address the nation's most deep-seated problems.
In the wake of signing a temporary funding bill to get the government back open, the president directed attention to one of our biggest problems. Education.
No more rallies inside Mississippi Capitol, leaders say
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top Mississippi lawmakers said Thursday that they take full responsibility for an event that violated a policy against rallies being held inside the state Capitol.
Hundreds of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday for an event promoting "school choice" — allowing people to pay for private school with public money.
Students, teachers rally for National School Choice Week
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Students, parents, teachers and elected officials are rallying at the Nebraska Capitol to recognize school choices.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Mike Gov. Mike Foley addressed the group Thursday during National School Choice Week.
National School Choice Week is a public awareness effort designed to promote options such as public charter schools, private schools, homeschooling and online learning.