National Education Legislation & Policy

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…]

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…]

Getting a fuller picture of education choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Ben DeGrow, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy based in Michigan, appeared Monday on the center’s website. There is an understandable challenge in writing about Michigan’s attempt to expand parental choice in education. Until recently, journalists who cover state issues[Read More…]

Choices will improve education in Montana

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jesse Ramos, community engagement director at Americans for Prosperity-Montana, appeared Sunday on missoulian.com. In my last column, I advocated for an education system where the money we spend on each student follows them, allowing them to prioritize their individual needs. I have been told I am[Read More…]

Michigan education ballot initiative to miss Wednesday signature deadline

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on detroitnews.com. To read more about the Let MI Kids Learn initiative, click here. A ballot initiative creating a tax-incentivized scholarship program that could be used for private school tuition plans to continue collecting signatures in the coming weeks, missing a Wednesday deadline that[Read More…]

Tennessee private school voucher law is stuck at the starting gate, despite court victory

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday in Chalkbeat Tennessee. Three years after squeaking through the legislature, Tennessee’s controversial private school voucher law has yet to provide a single eligible student with public funding to pay for private schooling — a record that will be difficult to change this fall. Despite[Read More…]

Why even Oklahoma couldn’t pass a school voucher bill

Editor’s note: This commentary from Don Parker, a former charter school board member who served three Oklahoma department of education administrations in various advisory roles, appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Education Next. A bill to create a school-voucher program in Oklahoma failed earlier this year to win passage in the[Read More…]

What’s next for Tennessee’s education savings account program

A week after winning a key battle in a challenge to its 2019 education choice program, Tennessee officials remain unsure when the program will be able to get off the ground. Gov. Bill Lee, who made education choice the centerpiece of his 2019 legislative agenda, said state officials need to[Read More…]