Private School Scholarships

Michigan petition drive files more than half-million signatures for scholarship proposal

Backers of the Let MI Kids Learn petition drive, launched to establish a program in Michigan that would allow donors to contribute to a private scholarship fund and receive tax credits, say there are more than 520,000 signatures on the document filed Wednesday with the Bureau of Elections. The group,[Read More…]

The historic expansion of tax credit scholarships is a win for Pennsylvania students

Editor’s note: This commentary from Nathan Benefield, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Foundation, appeared Sunday on pennlive.com. Pennsylvania’s new state budget includes a historic $125 million expansion of two successful scholarship programs—the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC). This expansion will provide 31,000 more students[Read More…]

School choice in Florida’s most rural county

BRISTOL, Fla. – Liberty County is half covered by a national forest. It’s wall-to-wall pine trees. Its only incorporated city has 996 people, and they’re outnumbered by bears. Even here, though, school choice has taken root. Four years ago, a tight-knit family of educators who worked in local public schools[Read More…]

Opinion: Supreme Court ruling fully opens door for Colorado school vouchers

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared Tuesday on travelbreakingnews.net. Do you remember where you were when the Zelman v. Simmons Harris ruling came down? I do. It was a beautiful spring day in Washington, D.C., and my pensive mood turned sunny upon hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the Ohio school[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom credits education choice scholarship with helping daughter overcome learning challenges

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Sherry White, a former district middle school teacher who taught near Ocala and now homeschools her 16-year-old daughter, Eilise. Born with autism and other medical conditions, Elise needed traditional physical and occupational therapies, but each session caused tantrums and screaming.[Read More…]

Oklahoma school choice scholarship benefiting students, but opposition persists

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ website. For more than a decade now, the state’s Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (LNH) program has been helping children with special needs thrive by paying for them to attend private schools that better[Read More…]

The swirling private school universe

Editor’s note: This commentary from Chester E. Finn, distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, appeared Thursday on the institute’s website. The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Carson v. Makin, telling Maine it must not deny tuition assistance to families solely because the private schools they[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Private school, Opportunity Scholarship restores high schooler’s love of learning

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Pennsylvania father Jeremy Spontak was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I am a single dad with full custody of my two children living in southwestern Pennsylvania. Raising two boys on my own is challenging, but our lives got[Read More…]