Education and Public Policy

The State of the Sunshine State

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his first State of the State speech this evening, and whatever he may say about education, political observers in the Sunshine State already are calling this legislative session one of the most consequential, and controversial, for public education. Michelle Rhee has visited the state several times, in part[Read More…]

Are school choice and collective bargaining politically exclusive?

Not according to the Catholic Conference of Ohio. The Catholic Church has long supported school choice measures, particularly for disadvantaged children. But it also has been historically aligned with the labor movement, as evident in this excerpted statement from the Ohio bishops on proposed legislative changes to their state’s collective bargaining laws[Read More…]

Legislative Watch — Pennsylvania bill advances; Georgia, Maryland and Ohio file similar measures

Pennsylvania’s proposed Opportunity Scholarship (SB 1) made it through a key Senate education committee today, passing by an 8-2 margin, with two Democrats voting in favor. Democrats in opposition to the measure had proposed several amendments — some addressing funding mechanisms, others adding regulations on faith-based schools that accept scholarship students — most of[Read More…]