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March 6, 2018
Top school choice group advising Puerto Rico on controversial efforts to expand charters and vouchers
EdChoice, a group that backs school vouchers, is preparing to help Puerto Rico officials expand school choice, or what critics there have called “privatization.”
September 18, 2017
The rise of tax credits: How Arizona created an alternative to school vouchers — and why they’re spreading
With its adoption of a tax credit scholarship program, Illinois became the 18th state to endorse an innocuously named policy that critics have described as a “backdoor voucher.”
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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…
May 25, 2017
Betsy DeVos’s comments on discrimination drew headlines, but her stance isn’t unique among private school choice backers
From EdChoice: “It is something we are concerned about and that we need to confront head on, but we don’t have a position yet.”
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.
April 10, 2017
A quiet change in Indiana law could mean a bigger voucher program — and a wild ride for families
During the first 24 years of the Milwaukee voucher program, 121 new private schools opened and nearly 70 percent of those schools later closed.
August 1, 2016
One group changes its name, and another celebrates a big birthday
The Indianapolis-based group that is the nation’s foremost advocate for publicly funded private school tuition vouchers has a new name: EdChoice. That transition, announced Friday…
June 10, 2015
Report urges more expansion for tax credit scholarship program
The number of tax credit scholarships supporting student tuition at private schools has jumped dramatically from 559 students in 2010 to 11,067 in 2014.
February 11, 2015
Diane Ravitch takes aim at Ritz detractors on Indiana show
Diane Ravitch, a national critic of testing and accountability-based school reform, took aim at opponents of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on a lndiana-based Internet radio talk show tonight.
November 5, 2014
Indiana sees a big jump in A-rated schools
More than half of Indiana’s schools were rated an A this year, a majority for the first time this decade.
March 1, 2014
Ravitch tangles with school reformers on Butler panel
A lively, and sometimes pointed, debate about how best to improve schools followed the premiere of a documentary developed by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation tonight at Butler University. Headlining the five-person panel was Diane Ravitch, the historian and one-time school reform advocate turned national spokesman against testing, school choice, test-based teacher evaluation and other proposals she says aim to privatize public schools.
January 27, 2014
New rules helping more Indiana children use vouchers
Changes to Indiana’s voucher program that lawmakers made in 2013 helped fuel it’s dramatic growth and allow somewhat more wealthy families to access tax dollars to pay private school tuition. The Indiana Department of Education's data, released today, show 19,809 students are using vouchers this school year, more than double last year's total of 9,324. The first-year number was 3,919. Indiana's voucher program is the fastest growing in U.S. history and the nation’s second largest.
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