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May 22, 2015

Teacher Union Legal Opposition to School Choice Stumbles in Florida, Louisiana

Rulings by judges in Florida and Louisiana derailed separate teacher-union led lawsuits that questioned how school choice programs are funded in those states.

May 21, 2015

Dramatic Improvement in Education Systems: What It Takes

As other nations have before, the U.S. faces a stark choice between transforming its education system to deliver broadly-shared prosperity or continuing on its current path of growing income inequality, poverty and political instability.

May 18, 2015

Minnesota Governor, Lawmakers in Budget Showdown Over Pre-K

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto lawmakers' entire education budget bill if they don't include an additional $150 million for universal preschool.

May 14, 2015

Lawmaker Honors Head Start, Solicits Comments to Improve Program

The public has until June 1 to send comments to the House Education committee, which is trying to write a new bill reauthorizing the 50-year-old program.

May 14, 2015

Why Public School Choice Should Be Part of School Improvement Efforts

isn't one of the central principles in a democracy, the power of citizens to make choices and decisions, within some limits? Also, don't we know that there's no single design/curriculum/organization for a school in which all students succeed? I think the answer is "yes." So public school choice, including chartering, with schools open to all - no admissions tests - should be part of what we work for.

May 01, 2015

Obama to Launch 'My Brother's Keeper' as Independent Organization

My Brother's Keeper, a key initiative of Obama's administration, was launched in 2014 to address the needs of boys and men of color. President Obama is preparing to continue those efforts when he leaves office.

April 27, 2015

Minnesota Having a Not-So-Nice Argument Over Preschool

Minnesotans are in the midst of a confusing political battle over public preschool. Some want to invest the state's surplus in expanding the state's scholarship program while others want to invest in universal preschool.

April 24, 2015

New York City Parents Grade Mayor on Campaign Promises

New York City parents give Mayor Bill de Blasio unsatisfactory grades for failing to reduce class size and increase public accountability.

April 21, 2015

North Dakota Gets on the Preschool Train

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, signed a bill into law providing $3 million in state grants to preschool programs for students from low-income families.

April 17, 2015

Mississippi Third State to Give Parents of Special Needs Students Scholarships

The parents of 500 Mississippi special needs students will receive $6,500 to pay for their children's education, including therapy, tutors and even private school tuition.

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