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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…]

The big school choice turnaround in Iowa that more states should follow

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jason Bedrick, a research fellow in the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, appeared last week on the foundation’s website. State lawmakers are often slow to act, but they can move quickly when voters make them feel the heat. Consider Iowa, where Gov.[Read More…]

National poll finds overwhelming support among Black teachers, parents for ESAs

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on As parents become increasingly frustrated over pandemic learning loss, their desire for education savings accounts, or ESAs, has boomed — gaining overwhelming support from not only Black parents but also Black teachers, according to a new poll by YouGov. The poll released[Read More…]

Kentucky constitutional amendment proposed for school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on A proposed amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution would authorize the General Assembly to provide for the educational costs of elementary and secondary school students outside of the public school system. A group known as EdChoice Kentucky is the driving force behind the[Read More…]

Rural America: School choice is for you

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on To watch a video created by Step Up For Students featuring Gold Star Private Academy, click here. In Starbuck, Minnesota, parents were devastated to learn that the local school district, a major employer in the area and bedrock of the community, was set[Read More…]

How technology can help parents use education choice programs

Editor’s note: This commentary from Brandon Detweiler and Robert Bellafiore, head of studio and research manager, respectively, at Lincoln Network, comes to reimaginED via reimaginED guest blogger Dan Lips. Lincoln Network describes itself as “a boutique think tank that works with policymakers and tech innovators to promote market-oriented ideas to[Read More…]

Insight into homeschooling as Utah moves toward funding education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared last week on Utah’s A freshly minted Utah law gives a $6,000 raise to every public schoolteacher, but it also provides parents $8,000 per student per year in state funds to attend a private school or use the money for homeschooling. As a homeschooled[Read More…]

Give parents wide latitude on ESA uses—and give teachers accounts, too

Editor’s note: This commentary from Mike Goldstein, a former Boston charter school administrator, appeared last week on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s website. “Chicken Coops, Trampolines and Tickets to SeaWorld: What Some Parents are Buying with Education Savings Accounts.” That’s the title of a news story from The 74, cross-posted to[Read More…]