August 2013 Archives

The tragic Newtown, Conn., school shooting may still be on the minds of parents as they send their children back to school this fall, according to a new Gallup poll released today. The poll found that 33 percent of American parents of school-aged children say they fear for their oldest child's safety at school.


A study released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that parents have educational preferences that fall into what it terms "niche" markets ranging from vocational education to multiculturalism.


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation plans to invest $5 million to enhance and develop family engagement efforts to support the education of children from birth to age 8 living in low-income and or minority communities.


In a new poll by Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup, the majority of public school parents give their children's schools an encouraging A or B, in sharp contrast with the solid C the overall public gives to nation's public schools.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports on the costs facing a middle class family to provide food, shelter, and other necessities for a child born in 2012 over the next 17 years..


cross-posted from State EdWatch By Andrew Ujifusa Alabama generated major headlines in the education policy community by passing, in rapid and controversial fashion, a new tax-credit scholarship program earlier this year that targets students at low-performing schools. But the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal legal challenge to the Alabama Accountability Act, claiming that the school choice program "discriminates against poor children" and that, in fact, students from low-income backgrounds who are ostensibly supposed to be helped by the law can't actually take advantage of it. The school choice program, which GOP Gov. Robert Bentley signed after some ...


A pair of op-eds in USA Today spark a dialogue in favor of and in opposition to parent trigger laws.


The Alabama Policy Institute is arguing against a rule that would make private school students ineligible for the state's tax-credit scholarship program.


Charter school students in the state gain an additional two months of learning in reading and three months in math, a new study concludes.


Parents of Los Angeles middle school students with entrepreneurial interests can now send their children to a pilot school focusing on entrepreneurism.


cross-posted from the State EdWatch blog by Andrew Ujifusa From creating new tax-credit scholarship programs to expanding existing school voucher programs, an increasing number of states have been active on school-choice issues this year, writes Elaine Povich in a good write-up for Stateline. Using data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Povich writes that 13 states have either created new school-choice programs or expanded their existing ones this year. That's a marked increase from 2012, when eight states created or expanded school-choice programs. In 2011, seven states did so. Using NCSL's bill-tracking tool, you can break down the data ...


The Arizona department of education erroneously overpaid nearly 200 charters over the past eight years and is now requiring them to pay it back.


The state department of education is now scrambling to scrape together additional funding to accommodate the influx of requests.


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