Tennessee governor signs school voucher bill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill diverting tax dollars to private education.
The new law will allow participating families to receive debit cards worth up to...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House unanimously approved emergency legislation giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for private school tuition in New Mexico in a...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on legislation designed to allow several Navajo children in Arizona to use school vouchers in New Mexico (all times local):
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers are moving to allow a handful of children from the Navajo reservation to continue using school vouchers at a Christian school in New Mexico.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on legislation allowing Navajo Nation children to attend a private New Mexico school using state vouchers (all times local):
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of low- and middle-income students to attend private...
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...
Tennessee lawmakers to negotiate voucher compromise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A split between the Tennessee House and Senate on a high-profile school voucher bill has forced both chambers to designate negotiators to seek a compromise.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers sent Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican-crafted bill Tuesday to create a new voucher program for students to attend private and religious schools using...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on the verge of creating a new school voucher program that's a priority for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis after the Senate passed a bill Thursday expanding...
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...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Indiana Republicans are touting their state budget plan that increases base school funding by 2.5% percent each of the next two years as making strides toward improving...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday he's working to ensure his proposed $125 million school voucher program will be provided only to "legal residents" of Tennessee — a...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that she's encouraged by Tennessee's latest push to expand school vouchers throughout the state, adding that she's cheering...
Tennessee voucher bill seeks to block immigrant families
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday tweaked a sweeping voucher proposal to ensure schoolchildren living in the country illegally are prohibited from accessing the...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Opponents of a legislative effort to fund a pilot private school voucher program in a central Arkansas county said Monday the bill would "experiment" on primarily black...
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have condemned an Indiana school after inspectors found students wrapped in blankets and huddled around a kerosene heater in a chilly classroom.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have introduced governor-backed legislation in the Senate that would fund a pilot private school voucher program for low-income students in the state's...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher proposal has cleared its first hurdle inside Tennessee's GOP-dominant statehouse but not without facing a wide range of questions from...
Tennessee education savings account plan to cost $125M
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher plan is expected to cost $125 million spread over five years, based on details released Thursday, a significant jump from what the Republican...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A major expansion of private school vouchers using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools, a top priority for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, began moving...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would create a new voucher program allowing more Florida students to attend private schools by tapping into taxpayer money normally used for traditional public...
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...
Evers won’t seek to phase out vouchers in 1st budget plan
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he won't seek to eliminate or phase out taxpayer-funded school vouchers in his first state budget.
Senate, governor, school vouchers top Arizona elections
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters on Tuesday will pick a female senator for the first time in state history to replace the retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, decide whether GOP Gov. Doug Ducey gets a second term in office and if the state's private school voucher program should be expanded.
Enrollment in Wisconsin’s school voucher programs increasing
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Enrollment in Wisconsin's school voucher programs is on the rise.
Taxpayers will spend $302 million this year on vouchers to send students to private schools, up $33 million over last year. Much of the increase is among students living outside Milwaukee and Racine.
Ducey backing school voucher expansion measure
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is apparently willing to risk further angering the state's teachers by forcefully backing a measure that would massively expand the state's private school voucher system.
The Republican governor, comfortable with a solid lead in his re-election bid, has come out strongly this month in support of the school voucher plan, which is on the ballot as Proposition 305. A yes vote allows the vouchers system to expand, while a no vote rejects it.
School days: Florida candidates differ widely on education
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Clashing on everything from private school vouchers to education spending, Florida's two main contenders for governor have laid out vastly different promises when it comes to the state's schools.
Republican Ron DeSantis, who did not lay out very detailed plans prior to winning the August primary, vowed Tuesday to expand the state's private school voucher program while at the same time pledging to spend more on classrooms by making cuts elsewhere in the education budget.
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.
Florida vouchers may have gone to ineligible students
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A new audit is raising questions about whether private school vouchers went to ineligible students in Florida.
The state Auditor General released an audit last week that found Step Up for Students did not always properly evaluate the household income of those seeking vouchers.
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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.
PHOENIX – It looks like voters are going to get the last word on whether they want more tax dollars used to send children to private and parochial schools.
Two Senate Republicans told Capitol Media Services Thursday they will not support a move by GOP leaders to rescind the voucher expansion program approved last year and replace it with something else.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature adjourned its 2018 session early Friday, leaving without taking action on two of Gov. Doug Ducey's biggest initiatives of the year, a water policy overhaul and an ambitious school safety proposal that fell victim to concerns about civil rights.
School voucher bill still alive, for now
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill that would put state education money toward private school tuition or home schooling in New Hampshire has been revived by the state Senate, after the House voted to set it aside for more study.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action in the Arizona Legislature as it moves to adjourn for the year (all times local):
The Arizona Legislature has adjourned it 2018 session leaving several issues pushed by Gov. Doug Ducey undone.
The Legislature closed out the session early Friday without taking up a water policy overhaul Ducey pushed or a major school safety bill prompted by the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida that killed 17 people.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has put a school voucher bill back on the shelf, declining to advance one of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's top legislative priorities.
The bill would have provided parents with the state's basic per-pupil grant of roughly $3,000 to be used for private school tuition or home schooling. The House voted 170-159 on Wednesday to further study the bill, which has been significantly overhauled since it was introduced more than a year ago.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona leaders dealing with an unprecedented teacher strike are paying the political price for long-festering resentment among many public school teachers who say they are fed up with lagging salaries and what they see as an equally dangerous attack on their profession: school vouchers.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is heading to New Hampshire for a GOP fundraiser next month.
The outspoken supporter of school choice, school vouchers and charter schools will headline the New Hampshire Republican Party's annual "Spring to Victory" fundraiser May 14 at the Atkinson Country Club.
New Hampshire GOP Chairwoman Jeanie Forrester says DeVos' presence "will serve as a great opportunity to energize and mobilize Granite State Republicans."
A 2017 study in the District of Columbia about the effects of private school vouchers has further confirmed the results of recent studies in Indiana, Louisiana, and Ohio. By and large, the performance of voucher students on standardized tests who transferred to private schools has declined.
PHOENIX (AP) — Public school supporters won a major victory Wednesday in their bid to block Arizona's massive school voucher expansion law when the state Supreme Court ruled voters could decide the issue in November.
Indiana spends $153M on school voucher program
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State spending for Indiana's school voucher program grew to $153 million for the 2017-18 academic year and helped more than 35,000 students attend private secular and religious schools.
The 7-year-old program, known as school choice, allows students to use public money to pay for tuition at non-public schools.
Florida Gov. Scott signs voucher & college aid bills
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will create the nation's first ever private school voucher program for bullied students under a sweeping education bill signed into law Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida took steps Monday to set up the nation's first ever private school voucher program for bullied students under a sweeping education bill that the state's Legislature passed and sent to Gov. Rick Scott.
The vote came the same day that legislators also sent to Scott a significant revamp of Florida's universities and colleges that includes a significant boost in financial aid provided to the state's top performing high school graduates.
Lawmakers consider limits on school voucher bill
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill in New Hampshire that would let parents use public money to send children to private schools could be limited to low-income students.
Florida House moves ahead with $350 million tax package
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans in the Florida House are pushing for a nearly $350 million tax package that includes a new source of money for one of the nation's largest private school voucher programs.
A House panel on Wednesday approved the bill along party lines. Democrats said they could not support the legislation because it would steer money from public schools to private schools.
Florida bill would let bullied students go to private school
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — From third to fifth grade, Alyson Hochstedler says bullies slammed her son into lockers and punched him. One threatened to stab him. The public school's administration did little to stop his tormentors, she says, so the mother of five transferred her son to private school, using a state grant for low- and middle-income families to pay his tuition.
Florida House passes sweeping schools and voucher bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Following a sharply worded partisan debate, the Republican-controlled Florida House on Thursday passed a sweeping education bill that would add yet another private-school voucher program in the state while also making a vast array of changes on everything from school testing to how much money charter schools can receive.