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September 27, 2017
Florida’s tax credit voucher program helps get students to — but not necessarily through — college, study finds
Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school
September 22, 2017
McQueen’s deadline looms for Memphis and Nashville to share student info with charter schools — and no one is budging
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said potential consequences will be determined Monday. Past state action suggests funding cuts could be on the table.
pick a school
September 19, 2017
Denver Public Schools making changes to choice process meant to benefit low-income parents
One change: The district plans to roll out a new, mobile-friendly school information website.
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.
September 11, 2017
Parents: Here’s your chance to offer feedback on the race to get into Memphis’ most popular public schools
The optional school application process — which is academically selective and done on a first come, first serve basis — has long been a source of criticism.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies
One in 10 of Indiana’s voucher schools publicly shares a policy suggesting or declaring that LGBT students are not welcome.
July 18, 2017
What’s ALEC? Ahead of Betsy DeVos’s speech, here’s which states earn the group’s education policy praise
Only Florida, Arizona and Indiana received a B+ on ALEC’s 2016 Report Card on American Education.
Decisions & Choices
June 26, 2017
Douglas County voucher supporters encouraged by Supreme Court decision in similar case
Opponents to the Douglas County voucher program saw something to like in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision too.
BARRIERS TO ACCESS
June 21, 2017
Public transportation won’t solve Denver’s school choice woes, study finds
Only 58 percent of students could get to a top-rated middle or high school in 30 minutes or less by public transit.
June 19, 2017
I think traditional public schools are the backbone of democracy. My child attends a charter school. Let’s talk.
The dialogue around school choice in Nashville doesn’t often include much nuance — or many voices of parents like me.
the evolution of research
June 15, 2017
Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools
Here are a few of the big questions that some charter schools researchers are examining — and other important questions that have received little attention.
vying for vouchers
May 23, 2017
On Betsy DeVos’s budget wish list: $250M to ‘build the evidence base’ for vouchers
The funding boost aimed at justifying private-school choice programs is one way DeVos is delivering on years of advocacy for those programs.
May 23, 2017
DeVos said rejecting choice plan would be a ‘terrible mistake.’ New York education advocates have a different take
At a discussion of school choice in New York City Tuesday morning, panelists seemed unfazed by Betsy DeVos's comments about school choice.
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.
barriers to entry
May 16, 2017
Chancellor: ‘We’re reconsidering how some enrollment is done’ in high schools
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña hinted during a City Council hearing Tuesday that changes to the high school admissions process might be in the works.
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