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.

The Desert Trails Preparatory Academy, in Adelanto, Calif., welcomed students following a tumultuous process led by parents determined to change the leadership and direction of the.

African-American voters surveyed in four Southern states say the government should provide as many educational choices as possible, a school-choice advocacy group reports.

A new video shows children reacting to the Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family that prompted some to post racist comments about the advertisement on YouTube.

Mocha Moms, a nonprofit support group for African-American mothers, and the filmmakers behind the award-winning documentary "American Promise" are launching national initiatives to empower more minority parents to take an active role in their children's education.

Opponents of Chicago's decision to close 49 elementary schools will be in federal court this week to argue that the large-scale closings violate the civil rights of students with special needs and African-American students.

Bi-partisan legislation that would encourage the creation of stronger family-school partnerships was introduced in Congress last week. The Family-Engagement in Education Act seeks to help states build the necessary infrastructure to get parents more involved in their local public schools has added free, updated calendar information to their school profiles to help parents stay abreast of their students' increasingly busy school schedules.


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