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10 hours ago
Some Catholic schools may shun Memphis voucher program over TNReady
A lobbyist for the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission testifies in front of a House committee considering school vouchers.
devos on denver
13 hours ago
Weeks after DeVos praises school choice efforts in Denver, she slams the city as offering ‘accessibility without choices’
“The benefits of making choices accessible are canceled out when you don’t have a full menu of options,” DeVos said, pointing to New Orleans as a better example.
And then there was one
March 22, 2017
This year’s list of school voucher bills just got shorter in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers advocating for school vouchers are now rallying behind a single bill, a Memphis pilot program.
Riding the Success Express
March 21, 2017
How limited transportation undermines school choice — even in Denver, where an innovative shuttle system has drawn Betsy DeVos’s praise
Six years after Denver Public Schools created an innovative bus shuttle system to help get students to school, the effort has expanded and evolved…
March 21, 2017
Memphis voucher pilot plan clears first full House committee
After a fierce, two-hour debate largely between Memphis-area lawmakers, the bill passes 8-5 in a House education committee.
March 20, 2017
Tennessee’s leading voucher bill is aimed at Memphis, where most elected officials are on the record against it
The proposal has momentum despite opposition from Shelby County's Board of Commissioners, most of its legislative delegation, and numerous school boards.
By the numbers
March 16, 2017
$1.4 billion for school choice, AmeriCorps cuts, and other details from Trump’s first budget proposal
Trump wants to kickstart his plan to boost school choice with $1.4 billion for charter schools, private schools, and funds designed to follow students.
March 15, 2017
Trump mum about his school choice plan as he prepares to release his budget
While some reports said the president would highlight school choice at a Nashville rally, he gave only brief billing to the topic at the conclusion of his speech.
March 15, 2017
Before Trump speaks in Nashville, here are five things to know about school choice in Tennessee
Tennessee is a battleground state in the debate over school tuition vouchers, and has seen steady growth in its charter school sector since 2003.
March 14, 2017
Lawmakers puzzle over how to expand vouchers for students with disabilities without hurting local schools
When it comes to students who have never attended public schools, even lawmakers who support vouchers are reticent to give them state funding for private services.
March 13, 2017
The voucher bill tailor-made for Memphis? Many Memphians are offended by it.
The strongest voices against Tennessee’s leading school voucher proposal are coming from the very community it’s supposed to help.
March 10, 2017
Denver Public Schools heralds high participation, match rates in choice process for 2017-18
Data from this year's school choice in Denver Public Schools showed the participation rates and match rates to students top choice were about the same as last year.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
March 8, 2017
Tuition voucher bill targeting Memphis breezes through key Senate committee
With seven of nine Senate committee members co-sponsoring the bill, the issue was all but decided before discussion even began.
March 7, 2017
Tennessee’s voucher proposals target schools already struggling with low enrollment
Public schools in Memphis stand to experience most of the fallout if state lawmakers decide to approve voucher legislation this year.
March 2, 2017
Are charter schools overrated? Four debaters squared off to answer that question
The latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate tackled the issue of charter schools.
February 28, 2017
Echoing Bush and Obama, Trump calls education ‘the civil rights issue of our time’ — and asks for a school choice bill
The line inserted a bit of boilerplate — and bipartisan — education reform-speak into his first address to a joint session of Congress.
TN in DC
February 2, 2017
Tennessee school board leaders met this week with Sen. Lamar Alexander. Here’s what they talked about.
Three issues shaping Tennessee public education get the ear of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander as representatives of the state's school boards association travel to D.C.
January 23, 2017
Gearing up for Tennessee’s voucher fight? Here are eight stories to read.
This will mark Tennessee’s seventh year of legislative debate over vouchers.
pick a school
January 5, 2017
As Denver’s school choice process opens, which schools are the most – and least – popular?
Last year, more incoming 9th graders listed East High School as their first choice than any other high school in the city.
January 5, 2017
People who say geography means rural areas can’t share in Trump’s school choice vision are wrong. Here’s why
Having worked with rural schools for 28 years, I know that geography isn’t an insurmountable hurdle.
December 22, 2016
In Brooklyn’s segregated District 15, a plan to boost diversity emerges
parent leaders say more comprehensive reform is needed to take advantage of the district's unusual potential for diversity.
November 30, 2016
These private schools will be Tennessee’s first to accept special education vouchers
Launching in 2017, the state's new voucher program allows parents to receive public money for private special education services.
November 29, 2016
Trump wants states to push vouchers. Tennessee shows why that might be hard, even in red states.
The perennial battle over vouchers in Tennessee shows the choices made by lawmakers when public support isn't there.
ed sec spec
November 22, 2016
What you should know about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary pick — and what her choice might tell us about his plans
For one, he intends to go through with his sweeping voucher plan.
September 16, 2016
Week in Review: Civil rights, white flight and the Hunger Games in Detroit schools
In this week's headlines: a new contract for Detroit teachers, more sentencings of corrupt principals, and a look at how school choice has become a form of white flight in Detroit.
September 15, 2016
Pro-voucher group gets a new name and parent organization
StudentsFirst Tennessee is now TennesseeCAN: Tennessee Campaign for Action Now.
August 19, 2016
With new name but same mission, rebranded black education advocacy group introduces itself to Memphis
The Campaign for School Equity, formerly known as Black Alliance for Educational Options, kicks off a series of community meetings.
July 27, 2016
Teachers brave heat to vent anger over ALEC’s influence on Indiana education laws
Most of their complaints focused on the state’s private school tuition voucher program.
July 15, 2016
Weekend Reads: Why affluent parents have outsized influence in diverse schools
Plus, a colorful school rating system, inside the Democratic party's education platform, what "Pokemon Go" teaches us about learning, and more in this week's must-reads.
June 28, 2016
Religious schooling is the top reason parents use vouchers, survey finds
Parents who use Indiana’s voucher program say the opportunity for their kids to get religious instruction was the most important reason they chose their current school.
May 11, 2016
Some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after middle schools will no longer see how applicants rank them
District 15 in Brooklyn is moving to a "blind ranking" system, where middle schools will not see where families listed them on their applications.
April 25, 2016
Overshadowed by TNReady, here’s what the legislature did on education this year
While a private tuition voucher bill fizzled and Gov. Haslam touted a K-12 funding increase as historic, problems with TNReady hovered over the Capitol like a cloud.
Making a difference
April 24, 2016
Chalkbeat-led series wins a top prize from Indiana’s state journalism awards
Lost In Translation, a Chalkbeat-led joint project published in partnership with the Indianapolis Star and WFYI Public Media, was honored Friday by the…
Changing course (access)
April 12, 2016
Tennessee students soon may take classes across county lines
A school choice measure allowing students to take classes from other public school districts advances in the legislature.
March 18, 2016
More incoming Denver kindergarteners, 6th graders, 9th graders get top-choice schools
However, the number of students who participated in the school choice process stayed flat.
February 11, 2016
Once considered a sure thing, vouchers fizzle in Tennessee legislature
A bill that until recently seemed assured to introduce school vouchers in Tennessee flies off the table after its chief advocate realized it wouldn't pass.
February 4, 2016
Denver Public Schools ranks first for school choice among large districts nationwide
DPS has long welcomed charter and innovation schools, and the report notes the district has carried out its unified choice process with little political rancor.
January 26, 2016
Dramatic committee vote sends school vouchers to Tennessee House floor
After a dramatic recount of a close vote in the House Finance Committee, Tennessee is one step closer to approving a school voucher program.
January 25, 2016
Chalkbeat explains what school vouchers could mean for Tennessee
Despite being debated for almost a decade in Tennessee, questions remain about the impact of proposed school vouchers. Here's what you need to know.
Bills to watch
January 20, 2016
School vouchers bill clears key House panel in Tennessee’s perennial legislative debate
For the first time, a proposal to provide school vouchers clears a key House subcommittee after years of being stalled.
pick a school any school
January 5, 2016
Denver Public Schools opens school choice process for 2016-17
The school choice forms are due on Jan. 29. Students will find out in March which school they got into.
December 11, 2015
Rise & Shine: For state's black students, ‘jaw-dropping’ gap between graduation rate and college readiness
November 3, 2015
De Blasio official touts school choice as a solution to segregation, echoing Bloomberg
Critics who consider the idea of a high-performing but highly segregated school system unrealistic have grown increasingly wary of the overlap.
October 29, 2015
In Denver school board race, a telling divide over what defines a “neighborhood school”
The dueling philosophies and semantics about neighborhood schools are a central narrative in the Denver school board election that will be decided Tuesday.
August 13, 2015
Hannon's goal: Help parents make choices and give schools useful data
A unified enrollment system is not a unique idea, but Caitlin Hannon hopes this system will go beyond its primary goal of simply helping match up families with schools.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
July 2, 2015
Black education advocacy group hires new Tennessee director
The Black Alliance for Educational Options hires Mendell Grinter, its former Kentucky director, to lead the organization's Tennessee operations from Memphis.
June 29, 2015
Meet the man on a mission to brighten the image of Shelby County Schools
While school leaders have sought to hire a marketing director to improve the district's image, Memphian John Best has jumpstarted the process via #ibelieveinSCS.
June 18, 2015
Appointing IPS board members on Brewer's agenda for mayoral campaign
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer thinks the city should be more involved in education — so much so that he proposed adding two mayoral appointees to…
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