Tag: Catholic schools and vouchers

redefinED roundup: Texas looks at lifting charter caps, Indiana and Wisconsin bills to expand voucher access and more

Indiana: Republican lawmakers scale back a proposal to eliminate a requirement that students attend public schools for one year before becoming eligible for a private school voucher (Associated Press). They pass it mostly along party lines in the House (Associated Press). They’re advancing a proposal to switch administration of the voucher[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Marco Rubio, tutoring oversight, charter school teachers & more

More Rubio vouchers. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio needs a Florida-style coalition – meaning some Democratic lawmakers who see the value in expanded school choice – to get his plan for federal tax credit scholarships off the ground, writes Adam Emerson at the Choice Words blog. Education Week logs it in.[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Another parent trigger in California, charter school performance in Michigan & more

California: A parents group in Los Angeles is using the state’s landmark parent trigger law to force the school district to reform a low-performing school. (Los Angeles Times). More from the Associated Press and Education Week. A national report finds the state continues to lead the nation in charter school growth, despite funding disparities[Read More…]

More signs of a Catholic school comeback

News about Catholic schools in the U.S. usually isn’t good. Rarely a week goes by without a headline about another one closing and, with it, a neighborhood institution that for generations brought high-quality education to often low-income families. So what a nice change to see another local story about a Catholic school in Tampa, for[Read More…]

Catholic schools can learn from charter schools – Sean Kennedy, podcastED

Charter schools took a page from Catholic schools when they arrived in the 1990s and began their expansion – character development, solid discipline, a no-excuses approach to success for low-income kids. But now it’s Catholic schools, struggling with declining enrollment (in part because of competition from charters), that should borrow good[Read More…]

redefinED blog stars: Timid public school leaders, Catholic plea for vouchers and more

Editor’s note: In our third installment of “blog stars,” we’re shifting course slightly. We’ll continue to highlight posts from ed blogs. But if we stumble on a thoughtful newspaper column now and then, we’ll throw that in the mix, too. Rick Hess Straight Up: The Culture of ‘Can’t’ in American Schools[Read More…]