Tag: education choice legislation

Seizing on parents’ frustration, GOP governors push for education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on the74million.org. Capitalizing on parents’ frustration with public schools during the pandemic, Republican governors across the country are putting education savings accounts at the center of their legislative agendas. Some hope to significantly broaden the concept of ESAs, which allow families to tap state[Read More…]

Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

Editor’s note: You can watch a livestream of the celebration here. Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was[Read More…]

School voucher bill clears Georgia Senate panel

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on georgiarecorder.com. A new school voucher bill sponsored by Georgia Senate Pro Tempore Butch Miller moved forward in a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 601, or the “Georgia Educational Freedom Act,” would provide a $6,000 scholarship to nearly all of Georgia’s approximately 1.7 million[Read More…]

Harvard webinar series offers perspective on school choice in post-pandemic era

Is political support for school choice gaining or losing ground? That topic was the latest in a series of virtual webinars sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government. The weekly series, “School Choice in the Post-Pandemic Era,” began Oct. 8 and runs through Dec.[Read More…]

Kentucky lawmaker discusses legal challenges to state’s new education law

Earlier this year, Kentucky State Rep. Chad McCoy carried a landmark education choice bill creating a new tax credit funded program to passage and then participated in an override of a gubernatorial veto. The education choice win for McCoy’s state came at the end of a multi-year political struggle to[Read More…]

School choice keeps winning

Editor’s note: This commentary from Mike McShane, director of national research at EdChoice and a redefinED guest blogger, appeared today on forbes.com. It is difficult to understate just how huge a year school choice has had in state legislatures across the nation. When I last wrote about it, in late May,[Read More…]

Word for word: State Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. on HB 7045

Editor’s note: In his closing argument for a landmark bill that would expand education choice options for Florida families, Diaz, R-Hialeah, said he believes all his colleagues want the state to have the best possible education system; they just hold different views on how to achieve that goal. He then[Read More…]

Florida education choice bill heads to governor

Florida state senators voted 25 to 14 today to approve an education bill that would align and streamline the state’s K-12 scholarship programs. The bill, which won final passage in the House last week, now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. “I’m pleased to see the Senate stand[Read More…]