Tag: teachers unions and school choice

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…]

In wake of ballot initiative, momentum for charter schools in Washington state

by Fawn Spady School choice has encountered greater travails in few venues besides Washington State. Before they narrowly approved a new charter law this November, voters rejected charter initiatives in 1996 and 2000 and repealed a charter law enacted by the legislature in 2004. Washington State is in fact the only[Read More…]

School choice in sync with Democratic values, but not Democratic leadership

Vouchers and tax credit scholarships are in line with Democratic Party support for social justice and equal opportunity, says Florida state Rep. John Patrick Julien, D-North Miami. And yet, he says, Democratic lawmakers in Florida who support those options risk getting “whipped” by party leaders who don’t. He says he’s a perfect[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…]

In Florida, 1.2 million students participate in school choice

Though we know little about the parents who long have chosen their school through where they decide to live (or to pretend to live), Florida keeps count of those who no longer want their neighborhood school. And here’s some data to chew on: In a state known for its breadth of[Read More…]