An audit of the U.S. Department of Education and state departments found a lack of oversight of how charter schools grants were spent.

by Andrew Ujifusa The controversial private-school voucher program in Louisiana has become entangled with legal proceedings in Louisiana regarding desegregation, and the state's top education official is being asked to discuss the issue in U.S. District Court in New Orleans next week. Last week on State EdWatch, I wrote about some steps forward for clarifying how schools can qualify for taxpayer funds through the voucher programs, which were approved by Louisiana's state school board. However, the new rules were not designed to assuage the fears of voucher foes like the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, since the approved agreement would ...

Federal education officials are questioning Pennsylvania's attempt to change rules on how charter schools are evaluated.

A new set of rules for private and parochial schools in Louisiana eligible for state tax dollars looks set to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, several months after the state adopted a plan to expand access to private school using public money, the Associated Press reported.

I'll be taking a month of leave, but the blog posts will keep coming on Charters & Choice.

The Center for Education Reform argues that model charter school legislation should include multiple authorizers of those schools, and allow for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations to manage them.

The chairman of New Hampshire's House Education Committee has written a letter to the state's board of education, urging it to start approving charters schools again, despite a moratorium.

Florida voters on Nov. 6 will decide on "Amendment 8," a measure that some school organizations suspect will open the door to a major expansion of vouchers in the state.

A report by Gotham Schools raises questions about whether a union-led charter school in New York City will be forced to close for academic reasons.

A group of taxpayers in Georgia is alleging that Fulton and Gwinnett county officials have used public resources to campaign against a Novembe charter schools measure.


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