Tag: California and school choice

Education choice effort moves forward in California

Education reform activists in California have filed a school choice initiative with the state’s attorney general’s office that they expect to put before voters for approval. The Educational Freedom Act would require the state to establish an education savings account for every school-age child if his or her parent or[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: charter schools, charter schools, charter schools …

Arizona: A former school teacher criticizes the state superintendent of public instruction for his support of Common Core and school choice (East Valley Tribune). The Sierra Vista Herald editorial board says the state superintendent’s support of ESAs hurts public schools. Applications for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts doubles (Heartlander). The Arizona Republic[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Olympians and virtual schools, DC and CA charters shortchanged and more news

Alabama: The Institute for Justice, a national civil rights law firm, says vouchers are constitutional in the state (Al.com). Alaska: School choice opponents voice their concerns at a public hearing over a constitutional amendment to allow public funding of private schools (Anchorage Daily News, Nonprofit Quarterly). The proposed constitutional change[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: charters win in WA, voucher suit begins in NC, FL district denies military base charter & more

Alabama: Applications for the state’s new tax credit scholarship program are now open (Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, WTVY) Arizona: Three charter schools will be shut down for poor performance (Arizona Business Journal). California: The L.A. metro area has the largest number of students attending charter schools in the nation (LA School Report).[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Vouchers in Tennessee, tax credit scholarships in Mississippi & more

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam proposes a voucher that’s limited to low-income students in low-performing schools, with additional state funding for those schools to boot (KnoxNews). More from timesfreepress.com and Nashville Public Radio. Haslam reiterates that his proposal won’t affect funding for public schools (Nooga.com). Both supporters and opponents find details to[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Voucher talk in Texas, more parent trigger drama in California and more

Texas: State lawmakers talk vouchers and hear about expanded learning options in Louisiana and Florida (KVUE.com).  A judge rules that a charter school support group’s concerns can stay in a lawsuit over state education funding. (Austin American Statesman) California: A local school board won’t allow a school to be converted into a[Read More…]

California’s anemic test scores are another argument for more school choice

Editor’s note: For years, there have been concerns about discordant trend lines for students in many states – rising, according to the state’s own standardized tests, but anemic according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In Florida (where we’re based), the lines tend to be in sync. But this[Read More…]

Diane Ravitch, please stop distorting the origins of the parent trigger

by Gloria Romero Diane Ravitch, are you listening? This is former state Sen. Gloria Romero calling. I am the author of California’s first Parent Trigger law, the first parent trigger law in the nation. Since I first wrote that law, some 15 other states have seen some version of the[Read More…]