Tag: Missouri and school choice

Lawmakers eye expansion of Missouri school choice program

Editor’s note: This article published earlier this week on the Missouri Independent. Coming off of last year’s success passing a tax credit to fund scholarships to pay for private school tuition, school choice advocates hope lawmakers will expand the program before it’s even gotten off the ground. But even with[Read More…]

Missouri Legislature could consider expanding ESA options again next session

Editor’s note: This article, which includes details on Florida’s education choice scholarships, appeared last week in the Missouri Times. One of the most talked-about bills to pass during the previous session was legislation creating $50 million in tax credit-funded accounts for public and private school expenses. Rep. Phil Christofanelli’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, signed into law earlier[Read More…]

First Missouri school choice chief to put ‘passion into action’ in leading expansion

The Show Me state has taken a significant step toward affirming its commitment to education choice by naming its first school choice program manager. State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick on Monday named former Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Finance Manager Kim Baughman as leader of the newly created position of[Read More…]

Missouri school choice expansion bill heads to governor

The Missouri Legislature sent to Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday a bill that would create empowerment scholarship accounts, dramatically expanding the state’s school choice program by allowing more than 7,000 public school students to attend private schools. Under HB 349, up to $50 million in tax credits could be claimed[Read More…]

When public schools refuse to accept disadvantaged students

Parents in the low-income, predominantly black Normandy School District in St. Louis, Mo., have been made to feel unwelcome for years, as public school officials repeatedly fought to deny them the right to choose new public schools. Their saga may finally be coming to a close, as a three-judge panel this[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: A victory for school choice in New Hampshire, setbacks in North Carolina and more

New Hampshire: The state legislature overrides Gov. John Lynch’s veto of a tax credit scholarship bill. (Manchester Union-Leader) North Carolina: School choice leaders throw in the towel on a legislative proposal for tax credit scholarships. (Associated Press) A judge rules that a virtual charter school cannot open, siding with the state board of[Read More…]