HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — During his campaign, Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has alluded to proposals that would be a transformative overhaul of the state's more than $30 billion K-12 education system, with public dollars eligible to fund students’ private education.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge in West Virginia's capital struck down a law on Wednesday that would have funneled state money into a program that incentivized families to pull their children out of K-12 public schools.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine can't exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The third-place finisher in the GOP primary for South Carolina's top education job has endorsed school choice advocate Ellen Weaver, aiming to give the think tank CEO a boost in the Republican runoff.
PHOENIX (AP) — Kari Lake, a former television anchor leading the GOP field in the campaign for Arizona governor, called Thursday for higher teacher salaries and an expansion of school choice options for parents.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate late Wednesday gave key approval to a bill that would allow some poorer or disabled students taxpayer money to attend a private school or a public school outside their district.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate's debate on a bill that would give some poorer or disabled students money so they could pick a private school or public school outside their district will continue into next week.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are considering changing the way students who live in small towns that don't offer public school for all grade levels choose where to attend class.
VTDigger reports the small River Valleys school district, in rural Windham County in the Green Mountains, does not operate a high school or a middle school, for example.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds launched her campaign for a second full term Wednesday night at a rally in Des Moines, touting her conservative agenda of cutting taxes, personal freedom from mandates and school choice.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A school choice bill that could give parents $5,500 in state funds to send a child to private school is headed to a study group for negotiations after opposition from some education organizations and lawmakers.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s new school choice program survived several legislative attempts to repeal or curtail it Wednesday.
The Republican-led state Senate voted 14-9 along party lines to kill a bill that would have repealed the program.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposal endorsed by Oklahoma's governor and Senate leader to allow public school funding to follow students to private schools or home schools won't be heard in the House, Speaker Charles McCall said Thursday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leaders in the South Carolina House appear to be pushing their own bill to give poorer parents money to pay tuition at private schools.
A House subcommittee approved a bill Tuesday that would create a three-year program to give $5,000 in tuition assistance to 5,000 students whose families are eligible for Medicaid or who have parents in the military.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday backed a Michigan ballot drive to let students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with accounts funded by donations that would qualify for tax deductions.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a South Carolina General Assembly session that has already shown some sharp divides between lawmakers and teachers and school administrators, a school choice bill has them trying to sing from the same sheet of music.
DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A school board in an affluent Connecticut suburb has rejected a school choice plan that would have had it take in 16 students from the city of Norwalk.
The Darien Board of Education voted 5-4 Tuesday not to participate in a pilot Open Choice program, which was supported by the superintendent of schools and the board's chairman.
A settlement given preliminary approval Thursday by a Connecticut judge in a long-running desegregation case would increase school choice options for students in Hartford and end more than three decades of litigation over inequities in the region's school systems, attorneys for both sides said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed “North Carolina School Choice Week” for the first time since the Democrat took over the job more than five years ago.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Ellen Weaver is raking in campaign donations as she runs to replace outgoing South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman.
Weaver, a school choice advocate and chair of the Education Oversight Committee, raised more than $125,000 in her first six weeks in the race, according to information provided to The Associated Press ahead of Monday's official filing.
When Congress sent states billions of dollars early in the coronavirus pandemic to help make schools safe, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee saw an opportunity.
He used part of the windfall to further his goal of offering school choice options for parents, sending millions to charter schools that operate without traditional public oversight.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri students as soon as next year could have access to scholarships for private school through a new tax credit program signed by Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday.
Under the voucher-style program, private donors would give money to nonprofits that in turn would dole out the scholarships.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set to decide whether to hear a case filed by Maine families who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A mining tax proposal introduced in the Nevada statehouse has revived longstanding debates about charter schools and tax credits that help pay for private school tuition.
With less than a day remaining before the Legislature adjourns, Democrats must sway Republicans in both the state Senate and Assembly to win the two-thirds support needed to pass a bill to increase taxes on mines.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A split among Republicans on Friday blocked a proposal from conservative Kansas lawmakers to allow parents of academically struggling students to pay for private schooling with state dollars normally earmarked for public schools.
Vermont is facing at least its second lawsuit in four months over a voucher program that allows students in communities that don't have schools or are not part of supervisory unions to attend schools of their choice, including approved private institutions...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent voucher group's outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, a state official said in emails detailing the implementation efforts...
SEATTLE (AP) — Football star Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara, the Grammy-winning performer, are the latest wealthy philanthropists to back a charter school — though the celebrity couple say they’re not focused on the politically charged school choice issue and undeterred by challenges that have plagued Washington state’s charter sector...
As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit two conservative Milwaukee suburbs during a Tuesday trip to Wisconsin...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is coming to the Wisconsin state Capitol on Jan. 28 for an event in the building's rotunda celebrating national school choice week, the White House announced on Tuesday...
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer money...
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 private schools, apprenticeships and other educational programs...
(NAPSI)—Across the country, millions of students, teachers, parents and community leaders are gathering at more than 40,000 events and activities to celebrate National School Choice Week, January 20−26, though the idea of school choice can be something to be celebrated all through the year.
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...
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...
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NORFOLK - Over 32,000 events will be held across the country for National School Choice Week.
President Andrew Campanella says this week is the largest celebration of educational opportunities in American history.
In recent weeks, we have offered a variety of opinions in our pages from thought leaders debating the value of charter schools. There are no shortage of viewpoints about these alternative public schools, but we wanted to host a civil discussion.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Students at Harvard University staged a protest as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered an address on school choice.
Some held up fists. One held up a sign reading, "White supremacist." Others called for protections for victims of campus sexual assault.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for opening more charter schools has dropped significantly among Americans, but there's less opposition to expanding private school voucher programs, as the Trump administration continues its push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation...
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is paid not to tell the truth about school choice, and she deserves a raise. In a speech last week, she purported to uncover the racist roots of the school-choice movement in "massive resistance" to school desegregation in the 1960s.
LINCOLN - A last minute move by a legislative committee sets up a debate next year on a hot-button issue.
The Revenue Committee has advanced a measure which would give a tax break for donations to private school scholarship funds.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs...
Since 2003, every "First Tuesday" of the month, doctors and medical students from around the state come to the Capitol to lobby on behalf of their profession and patients. These individuals provide an invaluable service to our state and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hailed nationally as a success story on school choice, Hartford in the two decades since a desegregation order has seen growing racial integration and new levels of academic achievement...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is praising the country's historically black colleges and universities as pioneers on school choice...
Northwest Houston school districts are opposing a state and national push towards what's been coined, "school choice." District leadership across the region fear it would divert funds away from public education in the short and long-term.
With the Senate confirmation of school choice super-advocate Betsy DeVos as secretary of education this week, backers of the school choice bill in the Texas Senate have a strong advocate in Washington.