Education Politics

Missouri charter schools will receive millions in state funds with governor’s signature

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on missouriindependent.com. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law a bill to infuse over $60 million in state funding into charter schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, aims to close a discrepancy in funding allocated to charter schools versus[Read More…]

Word for word: Corey DeAngelis talks Arizona ESA legislation with Fox Business

Editor’s note: DeAngelis is national director of research at the American Federation for Children. He recorded this interview Tuesday. We’re super pumped up in the school choice movement. In 2021 we were calling it the year of school choice because 19 states expanded or enacted programs to fund students as[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill speaks with former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Editor’s note: To read Tuthill’s analysis of DeVos’ book, click here. On this episode, Tuthill interviews DeVos, encouraging her to talk about her new book, “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child.” DeVos discusses how when reflecting on her time in Washington[Read More…]

Are religious charter schools coming soon?

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared Monday on nydailynews.com. Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Maine’s exclusion of faith-based schools from a tuition-assistance program for students in rural school districts violates the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The reason why is clear: “The State pays tuition for certain students at private[Read More…]

School choice gains in Arizona next logical step in education freedom; wrangling sure to follow

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wraps up his final legislative session with victories on multiple fronts, not the least of which is to reclaim Arizona’s status as the top state for K-12 choice. The state’s lawmakers expanded eligibility for the Empowerment Scholarship Account program to all students in the state at[Read More…]

Plan to expand scholarships to all 1.1 million Arizona students clears House

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on azmirror.com. A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students use taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private school passed the Arizona House of Representatives Wednesday after two Republicans who had opposed previous efforts to expand the program changed their position. The Empowerment Scholarship Account[Read More…]

Final Virginia budget includes school choice support; advocates want more

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on thecentersquare.com. The final budget for Virginia included full funding for a school choice scholarship program and funding for the creation of laboratory schools, but advocates for education choice are urging the government to do more in the future. Lawmakers approved two key budget[Read More…]

South Carolina lawmakers fail to pass school voucher bill despite having votes

Editor’s note: This article appeared today on thestate.com. After roughly two decades of fruitless deliberation over voucher programs, South Carolina lawmakers appeared finally to be on the verge of expanding school choice this year. The House and Senate, energized by a wave of frustration over pandemic-era education policies, passed companion[Read More…]