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American Federation for Children
January 11, 2019
After years of school voucher rejections, backers consider another approach in Tennessee
"School choice" advocates view education savings accounts as an attractive alternative for Tennessee.
November 27, 2018
Gov.-elect Lee names Tennessee voucher advocate as his policy director
Tony Niknejad previously was director of Tennessee's chapter of the American Federation for Children.
November 6, 2018
Bill Lee is Tennessee’s next governor. Here’s how he’ll begin to shape education.
Now that he's elected, Lee must transition to a new administration and work with a public school system serving a million students.
On a mission
October 2, 2018
Texas minister rallies Tennessee pastors against private school vouchers
The Rev. Charles Foster Johnson mobilized 2,000 pastors in Texas against vouchers, and now he's trying to do the same in Tennessee.
school choice word choice
January 18, 2018
The ‘V’ word: Why school choice advocates avoid the term ‘vouchers’
Voters said they narrowly opposed school vouchers, 47 to 49 percent, even though similar approaches won much more support.
January 8, 2018
Vouchers have dominated Tennessee’s ed debate for years, but won’t in 2018. Here’s why — and what could come next.
Here are four explanations behind the dramatic shift — and a look at why the climate could change again next year.
September 14, 2017
Betsy DeVos laments death of Memphis civil rights leader Dwight Montgomery
The local president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was one of few prominent black civil rights leaders to back the divisive education chief.
July 30, 2017
Do vouchers actually expand school choice? Not necessarily — it depends on how they’re designed
Who benefits most from private school voucher programs: families with few options or the schools themselves?
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
July 13, 2017
Betsy DeVos is coming to Denver for a meeting of the conservative group ALEC — and protesters are ready
DeVos is speaking to the annual meeting of ALEC, which is influential in crafting conservative, free-market friendly legislation.
the future of advocacy
May 30, 2017
For Betsy DeVos and her former advocacy group, the future of education means ‘personalization,’ including virtual schools
When Betsy DeVos returned to the advocacy group she used to lead last week, she told attendees to push for systems where students could attend…
Updated May 25, 2017
School choice supporters downplay new voucher research, saying schools are more than a test score
Leading supporters emphasized the impact the programs have beyond test scores, as well as the shortcomings of recent studies.
May 22, 2017
Betsy DeVos promises an expansive school choice plan, says opting out would be ‘terrible mistake’ for states
The U.S. education secretary offered few details about the plan, which she said would be voluntary for states.
April 13, 2017
How vouchers transformed Indiana: Private schools now live or die by test scores, too
Low test scores have cost 16 schools the right to accept new vouchers. At least three have closed.
behind the scenes
November 30, 2016
Trump’s nominee for ed chief already has influenced Tennessee’s voucher debate
This election cycle alone, advocacy groups founded and led by Betsy DeVos helped to oust at least one outspoken voucher opponent in Tennessee’s House of Representatives.
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