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May 15, 2019
D.C. voucher students don’t see test score gains, but are less likely to be frequently absent, latest research shows
The results are a mixed bag, but offer good news compared to earlier studies of D.C.’s program.
May 6, 2019
Betsy DeVos praises Tennessee’s voucher program, but won’t say whether undocumented immigrants should be excluded
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she was “thrilled” Tennessee has passed a voucher program, and that it was up to the state to work out if immigrant and undocumented students qualify for it.
May 3, 2019
Three things Betsy DeVos said in Chicago — and one big topic she didn’t address
Betsy DeVos talked about two kinds of vouchers and pushed for vocational education, but skirted mentioning Illinois' pushback against tax credits for school choice.
April 23, 2019
Indiana’s proposed budget boosts education spending. But does it go far enough on teacher salaries?
Indiana lawmakers unveiled a revised budget Tuesday afternoon that would pump $539 million more into K-12 schools.
March 15, 2019
Tennesseans consider Gov. Lee’s vouchers proposal — and wonder who will benefit most
The plan would make families of four earning up to about $92,000 — more than double Memphis’ median income — eligible for $7,300 in taxpayer money.
March 11, 2019
Here’s what Chalkbeat readers are asking about Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher proposal
Do you have questions on Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account proposal? So do these Tennesseeans.
January 2, 2019
Here are the education issues we’re watching in Tennessee’s statehouse in 2019
With a new governor, a new education commissioner, and new lawmakers steering school policy, 2019 could be a big year for education in the Tennessee statehouse.
September 5, 2018
Tennessee’s Republican candidate for governor touts school choice, testing changes
There’s no silver bullet when it comes to improving education in the state, says Bill Lee, Tennessee’s Republican candidate for governor.
February 20, 2018
Rise & Shine: Tracking the players behind Muncie schools’ money woes
8 things you need to know about Indiana education AN INTRODUCTION: We promised you’d get to meet Chalkbeat’s new Indiana bureau chief, Stephanie…
December 20, 2017
A Betsy DeVos-approved tax change is meant to make private school more affordable. Here’s why it might not work
There’s reason to believe that private schools are likely to raise tuition in response.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
Updated May 16, 2019
Do school vouchers ‘work’? As the debate heats up, here’s what research really says
Do vouchers raise test scores or lower them? Do they damage public schools or push them to improve? Here's your cheat sheet to the big questions about school vouchers.
Leadership & Management
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.
December 21, 2016
Education candidate Josh Thompson challenging de Blasio with long-shot bid for mayor
Thompson supports school vouchers, charter schools and merit pay for educators -- all contentious issues in New York City, where the teachers union is famously strong.
vying for vouchers
November 29, 2016
Could Donald Trump’s school voucher bonanza become a reality in New York City?
"It’s actually more of a threat than most people think."
back in court
Updated April 19, 2016
Lawsuit from conservative group challenges Douglas County voucher program barring religious schools
A conservative legal group representing three Douglas County families filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a recently revamped school district voucher program that excludes religious…
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