Tag: Virginia and school choice

‘There’s a tug of war for your children’: Virginia Lt. Gov. calls for school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on Virginia’s wjla.com. Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears renewed her call for school choice after Virginia’s Advanced Placement ranking dropped from ninth in the nation in 2021 to eleventh in 2022. In 2015, Virginia ranked in third place. “This is very disheartening information, and[Read More…]

Virginia’s lieutenant governor fights for new school choice bill

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on Virginia’s wusa9.com. Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears and Delegate Glenn Davis, both Republicans, unveiled legislation last week that would essentially redirect money the Commonwealth spends on a student’s education in a public school to new individual savings accounts, if a parent asks. The education success[Read More…]

Final Virginia budget includes school choice support; advocates want more

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on thecentersquare.com. The final budget for Virginia included full funding for a school choice scholarship program and funding for the creation of laboratory schools, but advocates for education choice are urging the government to do more in the future. Lawmakers approved two key budget[Read More…]

Glenn Youngkin’s mandate to expand equal opportunity

Editor’s note: This commentary from Dan Lips, visiting fellow in education at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared last week on the foundation’s blog, FREOPP.org. Be sure to watch for his mention of reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner’s commentary based on research from[Read More…]

Education a key issue in Virginia governor’s race

As election day dawned this morning in Virginia, a new Cygnal poll of 800-plus likely voters shows Terry McAuliffe and Glen Youngkin are running neck-and-neck for the governor’s race. As is the case in many states, education has become a key issue in Virginia, leading pollster Brent Buchanan to proclaim[Read More…]

Va. governor vetoes school choice bills

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a trio of school choice bills this week —including one establishing education savings accounts (ESAs) for students with special needs. The vetoes came just a month after McAuliffe vetoed a pair of bills allowing home education students to participate in public school sports. The education savings accounts could have been the[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: School choice competition in Florida, voucher questions in Tennessee and more

Florida: The Seminole County School District, one of the state’s biggest, offers more online classes and other educational options to compete with private and charter schools and home schooling (Orlando Sentinel). Meanwhile, another large district receives 36 applications for new charter schools (Palm Beach Post). Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam says questions remain on a[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Voucher rally in Pennsylvania, Jeb Bush in Colorado and more

Colorado: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lays out his education reform formula, with expanded school choice a key plank. (Education News Colorado) Pennsylvania: Hundreds of Catholic school students in Philadelphia rally for a voucher bill. (CBS Philly) Michigan: State lawmakers consider funding cyber schools on performance rather than enrollment. (MLive.com) Washington:[Read More…]