December 2012 Archives

In 2012, states approved broad policy changes to expand charters and private school vouchers, even as those school models came under criticism and scrutiny.


The Annenberg Institute for School Reform outlines the history of parent trigger laws and provides suggestions for alternate paths to school reform.


Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick outlined an education reform plan that includes lifting caps on charters and starting tax-credit scholarships.


Charter school students in Indiana outperformed their traditional public school counterparts, and the showing among Indianapolis' charter schoool population was especially strong, a new study shows.


Louisiana's Tangipahoa Parish will be allowed to continue its voucher program temporarily despite a recent ruling that it violated desegregation provisions.


A new study finds families of charter school kindergartners are more than twice as likely as their public school peers to file for vaccination exemptions.


The National Education Policy Center's managing director William Mathis outlines the many factors at play in creating school funding formulas for schools of choice.


The Pennsylvania Department of Education will evaluate the proposals amid concerns about the cost and quality of cyber charter schools.


Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has promoted vouchers in his state, described teacher unions as a major obstacle to the expansion of school choice. Unions have been sharply critical of the governor's agenda, saying it undermines public education.


Education Week staff writer Katie Ash will be covering the charters and choice beat and blogging regularly here.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican who could be a contender for the White House, proposes a federal tax credit to cover families' private school costs.


The Gates Foundation will distribute the grants to seven cities in order to encourage collaboration and ease tensions between district and charter schools.


The Walton Family Foundation pledges $5.2 million to a national group's campaign to improve regulations and ensure that underperforming schools close.


Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved 45 providers to offer classes in a "Course Choice" program, despite a court ruling that puts the system's funding in doubt.


A state court judge sides with critics of Louisiana's sweeping new voucher program, and rules that it violates the state's constitution.


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