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.

Increasing school choice, by itself, does not necessarily promote parent activism, so much as what parents experience after their children enroll in a new school, argues Andrew Kelly, author of one of a pair of papers on parent engagement, released by the American Enterprise Institute.

Charter schools' use of technology and academic strategies customized to the needs of individual students can serve as models for Catholic schools, which have struggled financially, a new report recommends.

A group of parents are accepting bids from operators to help them transform Desert Trails Elementary, in Adelanto, Calif., in what would be the nation's first successful parent-trigger effort.

A Louisiana teachers' union has sent a letter to private schools warning them not to participate in the state's new voucher program while legal challenges to it are ongoing. The letter has drawn an angry reaction from state officials.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed has certified that a ballot item to allow for the creation of charter schools in the northwestern U.S.state has enough signatures to go before voters Nov. 6.

"Won't Back Down," slated for release this fall, is a fictional story of parents pushing for major changes at a struggling Pittsburgh, Pa., school, an effort that mirrors attempts to use "parent-trigger" policies in California and elsewhere.

Dorothy June Brown, the founder of the Agora Cyber Charter School and Planet Abacus Charter School in Philadelphia, is charged by federal officials with attempting to defraud charters of more than $6 million.


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