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March 27, 2019

Feds Spent Hundreds of Millions on Charters That Shut Down or Never Opened, Report Says

The Network for Public Education, which strongly opposes charter schools, also highlights years of problems in the U.S. Department of Education's charter school grant program that were identified in a series of Office of Inspector General reports.

February 26, 2019

Wis. Gov. to Seek Caps on Vouchers, Charters in Proposed Budget

Gov. Tony Evers is one of several Democratic governors to come into office this year calling for a pause to school choice expansion.

February 25, 2019

Striking Teachers Are Targeting Charter Schools. But Are Charters Really a Threat?

Charter schools educate only about 7 percent of all public school students. But in some cities, charter schools have made significant inroads.

November 07, 2018

Expansion of School Vouchers Gets Trounced in Arizona

Proposition 305 had become one of the most contentious ballot-box battles over school choice in the 2018 midterm elections. But its loss is not necessarily a defeat for school choice advocates.

November 06, 2018

Charter School Backers and Teachers' Unions Square Off In California's State Superintendent Race

A California election for an education post is smashing campaign spending records again, largely fueled by wealthy charter school boosters and teachers' unions.

October 25, 2018

Washington Supreme Court Upholds State's Embattled Charter Schools

The state's highest court ruled that Washington's charter school law is mostly constitutional, and that charter schools can continue to receive public money.

October 19, 2018

Arizona Voters Will Determine Whether to Massively Expand School Voucher Eligibility

The push to make 1.1 million of Arizona's school children eligible for vouchers has been both contentious and confounding,with questions about whether voters are interpreting the ballot language correctly.

September 18, 2018

Who Benefits From Tax Breaks for Private School Scholarships? A New GAO Report Breaks It Down

Tax-credit scholarship programs, the lesser-known cousin to school vouchers and another school choice policy promoted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, are the subject of a new Government Accountability Office report.

September 17, 2018

Is There a Growing Political Backlash to For-Profit Charter Schools?

Ohio's Democratic candidate for governor calls for a ban on for-profit companies running charter schools, while a new law in California does just that.

August 28, 2018

How a Trump Administration Tax Rule Could Hurt School Vouchers

Private school choice advocates are worried that tax-credit scholarship programs are getting swept into a crackdown by the Trump Administration on blue states trying to circumvent parts of the new GOP tax law.

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