The vast majority of families using private school vouchers for children with disabilities are participating in programs that provide inaccurate or no information at all on the federal protections they are giving up, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Many low-income families are at a disadvantage when it comes to navigating lots of public schooling options. And competition between traditional schools and charter schools can get in the way of developing policies that will help.
The state's two virtual charter schools have earned poor marks from the state's accountability system in the few years they've been operating.
Several new studies on large-scale voucher programs has complicated debates recently over private school choice—policies which allow families to use public money or aid to attend private schools, including religious ones.
The union victory will likely spell the end of a Colorado county's school-voucher program as well as a high-profile lawsuit that could have become a vehicle for expanding vouchers across the country.
Two things are at stake: the pro-school choice majority on school board in Colorado's Douglas County and the fate of a lawsuit over school vouchers that could land back in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Black Alliance for Educational Options has been advocating for school choice for low-income and working class African-American families for nearly 20 years.
This Gate's newest investment is particularly relevant because the charter school sector has long struggled with serving students with disabilities.
This is potentially the first time a charter school authorizer anywhere in the country has allowed the schools it oversees to certify their own teachers, and the move is drawing criticism from some of New York's top education officials.
One of the largest charter school networks has begun scoring its parents on how well they support their children in school, taking the idea of parent accountability to a new level.