Parental Choice

School choice gains in Arizona next logical step in education freedom; wrangling sure to follow

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wraps up his final legislative session with victories on multiple fronts, not the least of which is to reclaim Arizona’s status as the top state for K-12 choice. The state’s lawmakers expanded eligibility for the Empowerment Scholarship Account program to all students in the state at[Read More…]

KaiPod Learning offers flexible span of educational opportunities, endless choice for families

Originally tagged “pandemic learning pods,” as though once the COVID-19 emergency had passed, so would these traditional education alternatives, the micro-school phenomenon appears ready to shed its born-of-the-moment modifier. No longer regarded as the educational equivalent of mushrooms after a thunderstorm — ephemeral and generally undesirable — learning pods have[Read More…]

Plan to expand scholarships to all 1.1 million Arizona students clears House

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on azmirror.com. A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students use taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private school passed the Arizona House of Representatives Wednesday after two Republicans who had opposed previous efforts to expand the program changed their position. The Empowerment Scholarship Account[Read More…]

Florida education choice scholarship student now chasing dreams in the major league

On a sun-dappled Sunday afternoon in mid-April, Jay Allen gave his mother a gift she will treasure forever. With Deanna Singletary among the family members sitting in the front row behind the third base dugout at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, Jay hit his first home run of the[Read More…]

Final Virginia budget includes school choice support; advocates want more

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on thecentersquare.com. The final budget for Virginia included full funding for a school choice scholarship program and funding for the creation of laboratory schools, but advocates for education choice are urging the government to do more in the future. Lawmakers approved two key budget[Read More…]

Blaine Amendment mostly dead

Blaine Amendments prohibiting the public support of religious schools, once used to bludgeon school choice supporters during legislative debates, is dead. Or, at least mostly dead. A 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday determined that states cannot prohibit religious schools from participating in public benefit programs because they[Read More…]

South Carolina lawmakers fail to pass school voucher bill despite having votes

Editor’s note: This article appeared today on thestate.com. After roughly two decades of fruitless deliberation over voucher programs, South Carolina lawmakers appeared finally to be on the verge of expanding school choice this year. The House and Senate, energized by a wave of frustration over pandemic-era education policies, passed companion[Read More…]

Way too many mom-and-pop voices missing from feds’ ‘unprecedented’ parent and family council planning

Editor’s note: This commentary from Gwen Samuel, president and founder of the Connecticut Parents Union and a reimaginED guest blogger, written in the form of a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, appeared recently on Samuel’s blog. When the Biden Administration announced that it was creating an “unprecedented” advisory[Read More…]