Charter Schools

Private school voucher and charter-friendly bills sail through Tennessee Senate

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on The Tennessee Senate on Monday approved two Republican-sponsored bills that would expand and clarify eligibility for students to receive private school vouchers or enroll in charter schools. Both measures passed 27-5 along partisan lines and now await action in House committees. Sen.[Read More…]

Oklahoma Attorney General withdraws opinion enabling state-funded religious schools

This statement appeared today on the website of the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General. Attorney General Gentner Drummond today withdrew an opinion issued by his predecessor, stating that the Opinion “misuses the concept of religious liberty by employing it as a means to justify state-funded religion.” In one of[Read More…]

A charter academy delivering ‘classical’ education grows in popularity

Editor’s note: This article from Rick Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, appeared recently on You can listen to a podcast with reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner and Great Hearts Online executive director Kurtis Inforf here. Great Hearts Academy launched in[Read More…]

All eyes on Oklahoma as state board considers allowing nation’s first religious virtual charter school

A meeting of an obscure state board set for Tuesday could swing open the door to religious charter schools nationwide. Members of the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board in Oklahoma are expected to consider an application by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa to open an[Read More…]

Virtual charter school board member mom to Florida lawmakers: ‘Empower parents for greater customization’

Melissa Ley left her job as a teacher at a public school to let her daughters learn at home after determining the public schools they attended were not the best fit for them. At the time, Ley’s family didn’t qualify for an education choice scholarship, so she enrolled the girls[Read More…]

Celebrating National School Choice Week

Editor’s note: Nina Rees is the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. reimaginED shares this commentary from Rees as National School Choice Week 2023 comes to a close. Happy National School Choice Week! This week is an opportunity to celebrate the 3.7 million students, 7,700[Read More…]

Supreme Court opens path to religious charter schools

Editor’s note: This article appears in the Winter 2023 issue of Education Next. In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Carson v. Makin that Maine violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by excluding religious schools from a private-school-choice program—colloquially known as “town tuitioning”—for students in school districts[Read More…]

School choice options expanded across U.S. in 2022

Editor’s note: This analysis of school choice trends in 2002 appeared Monday on More parents overwhelmingly chose school choice in 2022 after expressing frustration with lockdown policies, school boards and mandates. As more state legislators look to expand school choice policies in 2023, Florida is seen as a model[Read More…]