National Education Legislation & Policy

There’s no reason to reject school choice in Oklahoma

Editor’s note: This commentary from Frank Keating, governor of Oklahoma from 1995-2003, and Bill Price, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, appeared Sunday on oklahoman.com. One of the most important legislative debates underway this year is whether Oklahoma will fund students, not systems or buildings, as[Read More…]

Tennessee Supreme Court holds education savings account pilot does not violate home rule amendment

Editor’s note: This news release was issued earlier today by the state of Tennessee courts system. In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court determined that, while two Tennessee county governments had standing to challenge the Education Savings Account Pilot Program (the “ESA Act”), the Act is not rendered[Read More…]

South Carolina education choice bill reaches major milestone toward becoming law

After two decades of defeat, South Carolina education choice advocates claimed victory late Tuesday after the state House of Representatives passed its version of a bill that would give choice to low-income students, students with special needs, and military families. “This vote marks a major milestone on a 20-year journey[Read More…]

Charter school parents push back to preserve school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, appeared today on the74million.org. A parent-led rally today in Washington, D.C., is putting the charter school movement’s energy and passion on full display as supporters band together to fight for their schools[Read More…]

Texas governor calls for school choice for every child in Lone Star State

Editor’s note: This commentary from Lindsey Burke, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, and Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation and a reimaginED guest blogger, published Monday on dailysignal.com. The image of Lucy yanking away the football from Charlie Brown has been[Read More…]

Louisiana House passes education savings account bill for students with special needs

Editor’s note: This article appeared Thursday on thecentersquare.com. Legislation to create education savings accounts for students with exceptionalities passed the Louisiana House. Lawmakers voted 91-1 to approve House Bill 194, sponsored by Rep. Rhonda Butler, R-Ville Platte, to create state-funded ESAs for students with disabilities such as deafness, blindness, or[Read More…]

K-12 ‘deadweight loss’ falls mainly on the poor

Deadweight loss, also known as excess burden, is a cost to society created by market inefficiency. It occurs when supply and demand are out of equilibrium. Mainly used in economics, it can be applied to any deficiency caused by an inefficient allocation of resources. Here is how Wikipedia defines deadweight[Read More…]