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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.

January 03, 2019

Spend After-School Aid on School Choice for Military Families, Think Tank Argues

The Heritage Foundation says current federal programs supporting things like after-school centers don't work and their funding should be redirected for education savings accounts.

October 31, 2018

Top DeVos Deputy: Puerto Rico Will Be a 'Beacon' of School Choice

In a Heritage Foundation speech, Frank Brogan said the federal government would make Every Student Succeeds Act accountability a top priority.

October 10, 2018

Democrats Want Government Watchdog to Sniff Around Virtual Charter Schools

Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Patty Murray of Washington state highlight concerns about virtual charters' academic outcomes and management practices.

October 09, 2018

How States Have Changed Tax Codes to Mirror Federal Action on School Choice

The new federal tax code includes a change to federally backed college savings plans that has some revenue implications for states that have their own plans.

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