Tag: Maine and school choice

Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on washingtontimes.com. Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same[Read More…]

Family at center of Maine school choice case hopes for U.S. Supreme Court victory

David and Amy Carson both graduated from Bangor Christian Schools, housed in a tidy, red brick building in Maine. In addition to core academic subjects like reading and math, the school emphasizes a “biblical worldview.”  Chapel meets every Thursday, and students are required to take Bible classes. So, when their[Read More…]

U.S. Supreme Court to conference on Maine school choice case

States can’t discriminate against religious schools because of their religious identity. But can states discriminate if the school teaches religious things? If you thought this debate was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer, think again. Two recent circuit court rulings say yes, states can discriminate against religious instruction.[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: School choice prospects in Mississippi, ESAs in Arizona and more

Mississippi: State lawmakers are expected to try again this year to pass charter school legislation, but some suburban Republicans continue to have concerns (Desoto Times Tribune). Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says there’s bipartisan support for charter schools (Associated Press). More from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. At least one lawmaker is talking[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Chicago strike shows Democratic divide, school choice growth in Florida & more

Chicago: The teachers union strike is over, but it highlights a growing rift within the Democratic Party over school choice and education reform (Christian Science Monitor). Mayor Rahm Emanuel can now focus on expanding charter schools (Chicago Tribune). (Image from louisville.com) Florida: The state teachers union sinks $1 million into the campaign over[Read More…]