Tag: Arizona school choice

What can Florida learn from open enrollment in Arizona?

The Florida Legislature is considering expanding open enrollment for public schools and giving students more freedom to cross district boundaries. What could change if parents are more able to move their children to schools outside their assigned zones? We can draw some insight from Arizona, which has had a statewide open enrollment[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Shadow Factions, destroying public schools and self-styled progressives cheering a bigot

The Shadow Faction Dianne Douglas was elected as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction largely on an anti-Common Core platform. Last week Douglas, a Republican, decided to start her war against Common Core by firing two State Board of Education employees. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (a fellow Republican who previously endorsed[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: de Blasio to the rescue? Vouchers increase property values and more news

Alabama: Judge Gene Reese issues a stay on his own injunction against the Alabama Accountability Act school choice program (AL.com, Montgomery Advertiser, redefinED, American Federation for Children). The decision to lift the injunction takes uncertainty away from low-income families (AL.com). Jeff Reed, public relations director for the Friedman Foundation, says[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Charter schools and civil rights, debating the merits of charters, and can parents be trusted?

Alabama: Cameron Smith, vice president of the Alabama Policy Institute, shows readers the students who benefit from the Alabama Accountability Act (AL.com). Arizona: Gil Shapiro, a spokesman for FreeThought Arizona, says parents can’t be trusted to home-school or choose a good school for their child (Arizona Daily Star). Linda Thomas, a[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: school choice 60 years after Brown v. Board and more news

Arizona: Amy Silverman, a journalist at the Phoenix New Times, says charter schools lead to segregation for special needs students (note: the state has two private school scholarship programs for special needs students). California: All candidates seeking to fill a vacant school board seat in Los Angeles agree on the[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: FL becomes second state with ESAs, MO considers private options, charter school funding studied

Arizona: The Tucson Diocese School Board says parents can be trusted to decide on the education for their own children (Arizona Daily Star). Gov. Jan Brewer signs a bill to expedite the approval process for parents seeking Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (Associated Press). The state superintendent of public instruction will increase[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: ESAs in AZ, scholarships in KS, charter schools find homes in NYC and more news

Arizona: A bill to allow children of military service members killed in action to become eligible for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts passes into law (Watchdog). Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes a bill to allow owners of S-Corps to receive individual tax credits for donations to scholarship funding organizations, but signs two bills[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: ESA expansion halted in AZ, court hears tax credit scholarship case in NH and more

Alabama: The Alabama Education Association, which opposes a new tax-credit scholarship program, says former Gov. Bob Riley has personally banked up to $1 million from it (he has made $0) (AL.com). The AEA is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to back Republican and Democrat candidates to run against lawmakers[Read More…]