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May 27, 2019

How States Handle Arts Education in Charter and Magnet Schools Varies Widely

Arts education is an often-neglected but frequently critical component of what schools can provide to students, and there's a diverse set of approaches to how states and school systems approach the subject in schools of choice.

May 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders' Education Plan: Unions and Desegregation Win, Charters Lose

Bernie Sanders' sweeping vision would establish a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, while clamping down on charters and boosting efforts to desegregate schools. It's hard to see a lot of it becoming a reality.

May 15, 2019

Study of D.C. Vouchers Finds No Effect on Test Scores, but More-Satisfied Students

The evaluation of the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program revealed several mixed outcomes from the only federally funded private school voucher program in the nation.

May 07, 2019

Top DeVos Deputy Dismisses Criticism of Her Choice Plan As 'Fearmongering'

The right-leaning Heritage Foundation, which supports school choice, worries Betsy DeVos' plan could give the federal government too much influence. One of her top staffers said that concern is overblown.

May 07, 2019

Democrats Seek to Cut $40 Million From Federal Aid to Charter Schools

Charter schools would take a nearly 10 percent cut in the House appropriations bill, a sign that disdain for charter schools has grown as a political force among Democrats.

April 08, 2019

Would Betsy DeVos' Newest School Choice Idea Use 'Public Funds'?

The proposal for a system of tax credits to bolster educational choice is the latest pitch from the president and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to move the needle on their favorite K-12 policy.

March 07, 2019

Top Trump Education Official: Federal Tax-Credit Scholarships Are 'Inevitable'

Jim Blew, an assistant secretary under Betsy DeVos, said he doesn't expect the legislation creating the scholarships to pass "next month." But he's hoping it will gather bipartisan support.

March 07, 2019

GOP Senators Unveil Plan to Bolster School Choice for Military Families

Senators Tom Cotton, Ben Sasse, and Tim Scott want more options for children in families connected to the military, but a similar proposal failed to advance last year.

February 21, 2019

Possible Conversions to Charter Schools Mark Puerto Rico's Latest Education Fight

The island's teachers' union says decisions about changing traditional public schools to charters are being made in the dark, but the education secretary says that's a misinterpretation of the process.

January 29, 2019

Koch Network Wants to Work 'Alongside Teachers.' Will Educators Buy It?

A new effort by the conservative Koch brothers' philanthropic network seeks to expand its K-12 work by promoting new models of education and helping teachers. But it faces political challenges.

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