Tag: religious schools

Entrepreneurs say ‘perfect storm’ of luck, pluck needed to clear school location hurdle

Rabbi Isaac Melnick likes to call it “the holy grail.” Though the Orthodox Jewish leader and founder of Shorashim Academy doesn’t intend it as a religious reference, it serves an apt metaphor for what education entrepreneurs cite as their most difficult challenge: finding and securing a home to carry out[Read More…]

Florida Jewish school boom continues with opening of Tampa Torah Academy

Abundant sunshine, greater opportunities for remote work, affordable housing, and school choice scholarships have attracted many young Jewish families from the Northeast to Florida. Now, a group from Queens, New York, is moving to the Tampa Bay area to open Tampa Torah Academy, a private Orthodox Jewish school. The school[Read More…]

Florida’s religious academies offer faith-based school option

Editor’s note: This article appeared Sunday in The Villages Daily Sun. First Academy Leesburg is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, but that doesn’t mean every student who goes there attends that church, let alone is Baptist. “I would say 20% of our students attend FBC Leesburg,” said[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…]

School choice advocates crowd Iowa Capitol to push for governor’s education bill

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday in the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. Advocates pushing for more state aid for private schools crowded into the Iowa Capitol rotunda Tuesday as Republican lawmakers determine whether they have enough support to pass Gov. Kim Reynolds’ hallmark education priority. The rally featured remarks from national[Read More…]

Expanding parental choice in Vermont

Editor’s note: This commentary from John McClaughry, vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute and former vice chair of the Vermont Senate Education Committee, appeared Tuesday in Vermont’s Bennington Banner. This year and the ensuing biennium are likely to be landmark years for the future of parental choice in education[Read More…]

Why Idaho lawmakers held a bill to offer parents scholarships for private school

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on idahostateman.com. Idaho lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly shot down a bill that would create scholarship accounts that families could use for students’ tuition and fees at private grade schools. The motion to hold the bill in committee passed 8-7 after multiple lawmakers and members[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…]