August 2012 Archives

Jeb Bush talks about Florida's experience with school choice at the GOP convention.

Condoleezza Rice, a high-profile speaker at this year's Republican National Convention, used that forum to tout school choice.

The Republican platform argues in favor of vouchers, charters, and other versions of school choice, and against "centralizing forces seeking to remake America."

A study argues that students who attend Texas charter schools tend to arrive with stronger academic skills than students entering comparable, regular public schools.

Charter schools draw most of their students from traditional public schools, but they also pull substantial numbers from the private sector, especially in urban communities, a study finds.

Utah charter schools perform slightly worse than traditional public schools at the elementary level, but the independent schools make gains the longer they are in operation, a new study says.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that a private foundation will take control of the management and leadership of the 17 Catholic and a number of special education schools, in a city where Catholic education has suffered financially.

A California school board has agreed to overhaul a low-performing elementary school, but it rejects the idea of converting it to a charter school, despite the wishes of a group of parents attempting to make use of the state's "parent trigger" law.

Tennessee's state board of education has directed Nashville school officials to approve a new charter school, but local officials are vowing to fight that effort, saying they have concerns about the school's application.

Louisiana's Supreme Court refuses a request by teachers' unions and other school groups seeking to block the state's new private school voucher program from going forward.

A survey of school districts in Michigan shows that private contracting for services such as food service and transportation is on the rise among the state's school districts.

Georgia's elected state schools chief, Republican John Barge, has come out in opposition to a November ballot measure that would create a new, statewide authority to authorize charter schools.

Paul Ryan, who was recently named GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate, supports increaing funding for the controverial private-school voucher program in the District of Columbia.

The Delhi Charter School will change a policy that barred pregnant students -- and potentially, even those suspected of being pregnant -- from taking classes on campus.

A Pennsylvania private school has reversed itself and said that a student who had been denied admission because he had HIV -- and other students with HIV -- will receive admission there.

A Louisiana school's policy requiring students suspected of being pregnant to take a test to determine if they are has come under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Aspire Public Schools, a California charter school operator, says it will make Schoolzilla, its tool for analyzing student performance, available for free to schools around the country.

Schools continue to experiment with extended learning time, an idea that has strong appeal in the charter school sector.

The academic performance of private schools taking part in Louisiana's new voucher program will be judged on an "Scholarship Cohort Index."

The Alliance for School Choice and the Institute for Justice are creating a legal defense fund to support private schools that want to take part in the state's new voucher program but fear a lawsuit from a teachers' union.

The U.S. Department of Education has arranged a relatively small-scale grant program to promote collaboration between charter schools and traditional public schools that work toward improving academic achievement, graduation rates, and other issues.


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