Tag: Texas school choice

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Errors of biblical proportions

Pastors for Texas Children Tax Credit Scholarships in Texas are facing a coordinated, albeit misleading, campaign from school choice opponents. One leading source of criticism comes from a group of religious leaders called Pastors for Texas Children. The group makes a number of incorrect claims including that private schools can[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons' Report Card

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: ‘We didn’t have no choice’

Thelma Harper Sen. Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) argued against the proposed Opportunity Scholarship program this week in the Senate Ways and Finance committee. Her testimony included this gem (at about the 1:01:05 mark): “Hell, you didn’t have no choice when I came along. You went to public schools and you just went to public[Read More…]

Mr. Gibbons' Report Card

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Living together and playing together with school choice

Lisa Falkenberg, columnist for the Houston Chronicle Lisa Falkenberg’s latest column in the Houston Chronicle contains many of the familiar arguments against school choice: it doesn’t benefit students (yes it does), public schools must educate everyone (no they don’t, no they don’t, no they don’t), poor kids won’t get into[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Catholics push for school choice, education races in ME and SC and more news

Alabama: Scott Beaulier, chair of the Economics and Finance Division at Troy University, says there is a large body of evidence supporting vouchers but the U.S. Department of Justice and others keep getting in the way (AL.com). The Alabama Education Association spent $7 million to defeat school choice and education reform[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: ESAs in AZ, scholarships in KS, charter schools find homes in NYC and more news

Arizona: A bill to allow children of military service members killed in action to become eligible for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts passes into law (Watchdog). Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes a bill to allow owners of S-Corps to receive individual tax credits for donations to scholarship funding organizations, but signs two bills[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: school choice to expand in NY but not FL, ESAs constitutional in AZ and more

Alabama: Lawmakers approve an increase in individual tax credits for donations to scholarship granting organizations (Gadsden Times). Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stopped in the state to give a speech about school choice and more (Bayou Buzz). Alaska: Ben Walker, a math teacher, says the school reform movement is based on a[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: de Blasio sparks debate on charter schools, focus shifts to FL tax credit scholarships & more

Alabama: A bill advances to increase the individual tax credit for donations to private scholarship organizations (Montgomery Advertiser). Alaska: Vic Fischer, a former delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, opposes any amendment that would allow public funds for private and religious schools (Alaska Dispatch). A bill to allow the public[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: NC injunction against vouchers, virtual school ban in IL, voucher talk in AK, KS and ID

Alaska: The state’s Blaine Amendment prohibits voucher programs which is why the state legislature seeks to pass a constitutional amendment (Anchorage Daily News). Vouchers discussed in the state assembly (The Frontiersman). Support for the amendment decreases (Alaska Dispatch).  Even though the proposed amendment does not create a voucher program, Dermot[Read More…]