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School Vouchers

A Civil Right to a Good Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

We should make equal educational opportunity a federal civil right for all students. This should include the right to a challenging curriculum, well-trained and effective teachers, and the funding to provide these essentials.

For Democrats, Embrace of Options Must Extend Beyond Celebratory Week

Malcom Glenn | Posted 08.21.2012 | Denver
Malcom Glenn

There's frequent talk of how the school choice debate no longer falls along traditional ideological lines -- of how courageous Democrats are embracing charters, vouchers, and other reforms. Last week was proof positive of the turning tide.

Bishop Slams Public Schools: Hitler And Mussolini 'Would Love Our System'

Posted 01.24.2012 | Education

Religious leaders in Philadelphia are frustrated with the battle over school choice, to the extent that Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden says fascist...

Does The Largest School Choice Program Illegally Use Public Money To Support Religion?

AP | By CHARLES WILSON | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- A judge upheld Indiana's school voucher law on Friday, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unco...

WATCH: State Crafts Dropout Remedy Through School Choice

Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

In May, When Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law the creation of a voucher program that would allow families to use taxpayer money to send thei...

Indiana Voucher Program Leads To Reverse Transfers

Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

Indiana's new school voucher law has led some Hoosier parents to take their students out of private schools and place them in public schools for a yea...

Joy Resmovits

Who's Accountable For Disabled Students In Voucher Schools?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education

The Department of Justice has begun an investigation into Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction, probing whether Milwaukee's state-administered...

Pennsylvania and Vouchers: What the Supporters are Really Saying.

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 12.28.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

"How can vouchers improve public schools if the people mobilizing the movement intend to eradicate public education?" Rachel Tabachnick On October 26...

Be Careful What You Wish For

John Merrow | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education
John Merrow

If you saw our PBS NewsHour piece this week about schools in rural America, you know that the challenges facing schools are growing.

Pennsylvania Reform Plan Receives Mixed Response

Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled a four-part education reform proposal Tuesday morning that has since received mixed reactions. At a news con...

Who Can Wait?

Jeanne Allen | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Too many state leaders are still failing to do what they can to put laws to work in the best interest of kids. They boast of "sound processes," "collaboration," and various interpretations of law. They avoid the "fierce urgency of now" when making decisions.

School Choice Advocates Hope To Build On Gains

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.25.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the third of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

How The Walmart Family Heirs And Others Are Changing The Face Of Education

| Bill Lueders | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is the first of a three-part series by Bill Lueders exam...

Indiana Vouchers Prompt Thousands To Go Private As Public Schools Plead For Students To Stay

AP | By TOM COYNE | Posted 10.28.2011 | Education

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to priv...

Paul Blumenthal

Meet Rick Perry's Religious Right Patron

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to rally Christian conservative leaders in Texas this weekend to discuss strategies for his bid for th...

Thoughts on Education Reform

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 10.24.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Having stayed out of the fray for several months, I've gained some perspective on the flashpoints that have been dominating the ed reform debate. From a freshly detached point of view, a few things seem clear to me.

Education Poll Disregards Context, Cancels Out Usefulness

Jeanne Allen | Posted 10.18.2011 | Education
Jeanne Allen

The annual PDK/Gallup poll lacks much-needed context, perhaps not unintentionally, rendering its usefulness nearly meaningless.

Saying NO to Vouchers

Emily Sirota | Posted 10.16.2011 | Denver
Emily Sirota

While the Douglas County ruling against vouchers is great news, the bad news is that we may face a similar attempt to undermine our public schools right here in Denver.

Judge Denies Request To Block Indiana Voucher Program

AP | By KEN KUSMER | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be uph...

Colorado School Vouchers Blocked, Were A 'Substantial Disservice,' Judge Says

AP | By KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 10.13.2011 | Education

DENVER -- A Denver judge blocked Colorado's first school voucher program Friday, calling the program to give parents in the state's wealthiest county ...

Demands of Aid to Religion Endanger Schools, Anger Moderates

Hans Johnson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Education
Hans Johnson

Efforts by Rick Perry and others to undo the separation of church and state, meant to appeal to religious conservatives, are alienating a potentially large group of moderate voters who often have a decisive role in elections in presidential years.

Why Some Voucher Students Could Be Forced Out Of Schools Midsemester

AP | By CHARLES WILSON | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- Students who have signed up for Indiana's broad new school voucher program could be jerked out of private schools midsemester or force...

Parents Snatching Up Vouchers and K-12 Scholarships for New School Year

Paul DiPerna | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Paul DiPerna

School choice programs offer fiscal flexibility for policymakers, but more importantly, school vouchers and scholarships can present frontiers of opportunity for American families.

School Voucher Students' Scores Show No Significant Change, Study Reports

Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

The school voucher debate is shifting, in part, a new study released today concludes, because participating students' test scores are not. School v...

AT&T -- Not My Credo

Wendy Block | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

When I hear that AT&T and Verizon are key players with other multinationals and Republican legislators in a so-far obscure group that advances corporate interests and undermines ours, my thoughts turn...shall we say, vehement.