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Arizona’s education savings account legislation empowers students, protects families

Editor’s note: This Q&A about Arizona’s House Bill 2853 appeared last week on the Goldwater Institute’s website. The Arizona Legislature has unveiled an ambitious plan to put K-12 students and parents first. Sponsored by House Majority Leader Ben Toma and co-sponsored by over two dozen of his peers, HB 2853 would open[Read More…]

Supreme Court tosses Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools

This article appeared earlier today on bangordailynews.com. You can find a link to the full court decision here. A conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools was unconstitutional and violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The[Read More…]

GOP lawmakers introduce $10 billion school choice bill ahead of midterm elections

Editor’s note: This article appeared Thursday on washingtonexaminer.com. Republican lawmakers introduced twin bills in Congress Thursday that would establish a federal school choice program by enacting a $10 billion tax credit program to fund education scholarships. The Educational Choice for Children Act was introduced by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) in the[Read More…]

West Virginia sets an example for school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on Independent Women’s Forum. West Virginia has recently become the newest of only ten states to offer K-12 students the option of an Education Savings Account, a major step in furthering the education freedom movement in the state. According to its website, the Hope Scholarship is “an[Read More…]

Education Department launches ‘unprecedented’ parent council

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on The 74. Recognizing a growing movement for parent rights in education, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday announced the creation of a new “Parents and Families Engagement Council.” The council will include representatives from 14 organizations that advocate for giving parents a voice in their[Read More…]

Colorado survey shows support for charter schools

Editor’s note: This analysis appeared earlier this week on Colorado’s gazette.com. A majority of Colorado voters have a favorable view of charter schools and support opening new ones even in districts with declining enrollment. But support for charters was notably lower among Democratic voters. The findings come from a Magellan[Read More…]

Backfilling charter school seats didn’t hurt test scores, new Boston study finds

Editor’s note: This analysis from Marcus A. Winters, an associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Education Next. Among the regulatory freedoms available to most charter schools[Read More…]

Florida reformers got it right

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, a resident fellow at the James Madison Institute and a reimaginED guest blogger, originally appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of Education Next.  My son Richard has the chutzpah of Hank Greenberg, the greatest Jewish baseball player of all time. So, soon after[Read More…]