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September 13, 2017

Pro-Charter School Group Fined for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations

Families for Excellent Schools has paid nearly a half million dollars to settle a campaign finance complaint with the state of Massachusetts.

September 01, 2017

What Makes Illinois' New Private School Choice Program Unique?

Illinois lawmakers have created a program to use tax-credits to send thousands of kids to private schools. But the program has testing and anti-discrimination requirements that make it unique from other states'.

August 30, 2017

Illinois Plans to Use Tax Credits to Send Thousands of Students to Private Schools

The state will join nearly 30 others that offer private school choice to families, a favorite policy initiative of the Trump administration.

August 08, 2017

Massive Expansion of Arizona School Choice Program Could be Blocked

A group that aims to halt a the expansion says it has collected enough signatures for a petition to stop the new law from taking effect.

August 07, 2017

Texas Charter School Performance Is on the Rise, CREDO Study Finds

After Texas adopted stricter rules for charter schools, student academic performance in the sector is climbing. These findings may add more fodder to the debate over whether government should play a bigger role in regulating and shutting down charter schools.

July 19, 2017

3 Things to Watch for in DeVos' Speech to ALEC

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is scheduled to speak to state lawmakers and industry leaders at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting on Thursday. What will be her central message?

July 14, 2017

School Vouchers Don't Exist in Texas. Republican Opposition Is the Reason.

Private school choice supporters continue to hit a wall of opposition made up by not only by Democrats, but also members of their own party. In particular, Republicans from rural areas.

July 13, 2017

As Trump and DeVos Push for Private School Choice, Opponents Highlight Vouchers' Racist Past

School vouchers were used during the Jim Crow era to perpetuate segregation post Brown v. Board of Education, says a new report from the Center for American Progress.

June 26, 2017

Voucher Students Show Rough Transition in Louisiana, Indiana Private Schools

In results likely to add fuel to an already fiery debate over President Trump's planned expansion of private school vouchers, new evaluations show mixed results for voucher students in Indiana and Louisiana.

June 13, 2017

The Broader Philosophical Debate Behind DeVos' Warning to Charter Advocates

In Betsy DeVos' warning to charter school advocates that they risk becoming the education establishment that they rebelled against, a broader philosophical debate in the charter movement is revealed.

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