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School Vouchers

When (Neo)Voucher Advocates Lose

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

The court applied the no-aid clause to find that a voucher system cannot fund private schools, whether set up with direct funding or through a tax credit scheme.

The Federal Government's Role in Education: School Vouchers?

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Marc F. Bernstein

Teacher unions, parents, small government advocates are critical constituencies for both Democrats and Republicans. How could Congress do anything but consider limiting the federal role in education?

GOP 'Way Too Extreme' For Own Member

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Wisconsin slammed his own party as “extreme” and compared its decision-making to that of Russian President Vladimir ...

Randi Weingarten Declares Victory

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

This article comes to us courtesy of the New Haven Independent. PALO ALTO—Three thousand miles away from New Haven, the city became Exhibit A in ...

Louisiana Court Nixes Funding For School Vouchers

Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Louisiana's Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision on Tuesday that struck down Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) plan to power a private school voucher program wit...

Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

Wisconsin Voucher Students Lag In Latest State Test

Journal Sentinel | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

Students attending private voucher schools in Milwaukee and Racine scored lower than their public-school counterparts in Milwaukee Public Schools and ...

Governor Defends Secret Project To Reform Education System

www.detroitnews.com | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended his administration's involvement in a secret project that is trying to develop a cheaper way to deliver...

Why Patrick Mara Is So Wrong for D.C.

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.18.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mara does not represent the views of the people of the District of Columbia, which makes him wrong for the people of D.C.

'Reform Fatigue' Stalls Popular Education Measure

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS -- The timing would seem perfect for an expansion of school vouchers in Indiana, where the state's high court recently upheld the nation'...

Left-of-Center Reformers: Join the Voucher Movement Today

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

Reformers on the left: Unite! (With those of us on the right who already support the entire range of parental choice.)

HUGE News On School Vouchers

AP | CHARLES WILSON and TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the nation's broadest school voucher program in a ruling supporters say could set a n...

RNC PR BS

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.

Christie Criticized For '19th Century' Behavior

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is under attack by the state's Assembly speaker for bringing up her race during a discussion about school vouchers...

Putting Every Educational Option on the Table

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin P. Chavous

There are many great traditional public schools, public charter schools, and magnet schools across this country. But not every family has access to one. Being FOR putting every option on the table to help disadvantaged kids is not being against public schools.

Jindal's Education Reform Package Second To Be Struck Down By Court

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Months after a court struck down Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) school voucher program, the Republican star is suffering another major judicial blow to his education agenda. On Monday, a Baton Rouge judge threw out Jindal's major education-reform package, reports the Associated Press.

School Vouchers: On Again?

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 04.30.2013 | Denver

DENVER — The Colorado Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling blocking one of Colorado's first school voucher programs, saying Doug...

Inside Look at Lobbyists in Alaska: Who's Spending, And How Much?

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC), responsible for publishing campaign and finance disclosures in regards to Alaska's p...

The Philosophical Tug-of-war of School Vouchers

Byron Williams | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

No public policy is a panacea and vouchers on the surface appear to do more harm than good. By redirecting public school funds to private institutions, the latter is strengthened by further weakening the former.

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing; John Deasy Seeks Waiver: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing? As YNet reports, Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious schools, which receive public money, will have to take standardized tests -- as ordered by the Supreme Court. A judge said that such schools "should start taking things seriously, or face the consequences." Why, you ask, do I bring you news from across the planet? It's an interesting parallel to an ongoing debate on our own soil. In the U.S., there has been much talk over whether private schools that receive public-school vouchers or tax credits should be held to the same standards as their public school peers. Obviously the structure is different, and in Israel there's no public-private distinction between the schools. But it's still fascinating to watch.

Ed Today: Scott Walker's Voucher Fight; School Safety Questions

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Walker-Style Voucher Fight? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker first tangled with his state's teachers union when he signed a bill that upended collective bargaining. Now he's at it again, and this time, the fight is over school vouchers. "The debate over Walker's public education funding proposal and desire to grow alternatives such as private school vouchers is likely to be one of the fiercest in the Statehouse this year, even dividing Republicans who control the Legislature," the Associated Press reports.

Jon Ward

Eric Cantor Wants To Rescue GOP's 'Lost' Message

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) entered the 10th-grade classroom at a private school in the Petworth neighborhood of the na...

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee's Regrets, School Voucher Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Rhee-grets, She Has A Few? Former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is out with a new memoir this week (called "Radical"), and she's making the talk show rounds to promote it. Yesterday, she told George Stephanopolous on "This Week" that maybe she shouldn't have fired that principal on TV. "My style is very deliberative and very focused on doing what's right for kids.  And so I wouldn't change that so much," Rhee said.  "Should I have fired ineffective principals?  Absolutely.  Should I have done so on national TV?  Probably not." Here's a Times interview, in which she says she regrets initially not taking test security questions seriously. Also, Rhee is scheduled to be on The Daily Show tonight, so that should be fun!

'Expanding Choice Is a Way to Help Level the Playing Field'

Doug Tuthill | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Doug Tuthill

A way to combat the challenges faced by students in poverty is to give their parents more options. Affluent parents can buy homes in neighborhoods with preferred school zones, home school or pay for a private school. But low-income parents don't have these opportunities.

Ed Today: Voucher Expansion Proposed By Ohio Gov. Kasich

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.