National Education Legislation & Policy

Do Utahns want school vouchers? Why the state’s top lawmakers think so.

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on sltrib.com. Utah’s lawmakers took their oaths of office on Tuesday morning, kicking off the 45-day sprint that is the 2023 legislative session. Last year, House Speaker Brad Wilson’s opening day remarks focused on leading by example, what he dubbed “the Utah Way” of[Read More…]

Putting an end to the conscription of children

Over a decade ago I had the opportunity to present a paper at a conference focused on the policy legacy of Milton Friedman. Friedman had a wide-ranging impact of public policy, including but not limited to monetary policy, transportation, education, and the adoption of an all-voluntary military. It was the[Read More…]

Arizona governor’s plan to undo nation’s largest school choice program will harm students, advocates say

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on dailycaller.com. Newly-elected Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs’ plan to undo the nation’s most expansive school choice program could affect thousands of students and families who are already utilizing the state’s voucher program, school choice advocates told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Hobbs’ executive[Read More…]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott previews push for school choice and property tax cuts in third inaugural address

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on amp.cnn.com. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott previewed a push for school vouchers and more parental influence over curriculum as part of an effort to “empower parents” in his inaugural address Tuesday in Austin. Abbott, a Republican who defeated former Rep. Beto O’Rourke to win[Read More…]

Virginia’s lieutenant governor fights for new school choice bill

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on Virginia’s wusa9.com. Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears and Delegate Glenn Davis, both Republicans, unveiled legislation last week that would essentially redirect money the Commonwealth spends on a student’s education in a public school to new individual savings accounts, if a parent asks. The education success[Read More…]

Every Ohio K-12 student would get school voucher under GOP proposal

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on Ohio’s fox8.com. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide cash to all families with school-aged children in the state to choose their public school district or a private school. Under the Parent Educational Freedom Act, or Senate Bill 368, every K-12 student in[Read More…]

Missouri legislator proposes five ESA bills on pre-filing day, including universal school choice bill

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on readlion.com. Dec. 1 was pre-filing day for the Missouri legislature’s 2023 legislative session, and at least one elected official is locked in on improving the state’s new school choice program. State Rep. Josh Hurlburt, R-Smithville, pre-filed eight total pieces of legislation for[Read More…]

‘The Baptists and the Bootleggers’ and religious charter schools

Last week we discussed the Oklahoma attorney general’s advisory opinion against enforcement of the state’s prohibition on religious charter schools. After reading up on the subject, I declared myself president of the “Religious Charter Schools are Permissible, Mandatory and a Bad Idea” Club. My view on this is not motivated[Read More…]