April 2015 Archives

A Nevada lawmaker wants to clarify whether school district police or regular local police are responsible for responding to emergency calls from charter schools.

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds that, on average, Ohio students gleaned academic benefits when their poor-performing schools were shut down and they enrolled elsewhere. But the study also acknowledges there's a major dearth of research on how school closures impact students.

The bill would create scholarships worth up to $6,000 each for students to put towards the cost of attending private school. That's about three-quarters of what the state spends per student on public schools.

The parents of 500 Mississippi special needs students will receive $6,500 to pay for their children's education, including therapy, tutors and even private school tuition.

While Tennessee's parent-trigger law fizzles, Texas lawmakers moved forward with a bill that could increase the number of schools eligible for sweeping changes, including charters.

Two state senators, one Democrat and one Republican, introduced a bill that would require more transparency and oversight in the state's charter sector.

It's a road trip! This week's edition of the news roundup features school choice stories from California, Iowa, and New York.

Backfilling, or replacing students who leave schools in the middle of their elementary, middle or high school careers, could become a new battle front in the debate over whether charter schools are equitably serving students.

Parents of students attending a low-performing Los Angeles elementary school hope to use California's parent-trigger law to spur academic and staffing changes.

The program, proposed by the Governor, grants tax-credits to businesses for donations they make to support scholarships for students to use toward private school tuition.

The Charters & Choice weekly news roundup aims to serve up a mix of news you can use, stories to mull over, and other nuggets you may have missed on the social media hamster wheel.

Seventeen years ago, some predicted that such charter schools would take off. Did they? I put the question to a policy expert at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The policy brief from Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy examines general education vouchers in Indiana, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio.


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