School Choice

7/24/2013

7/24/2013

Monday, July 22, just a month after being let out of school for the summer, nearly 500 children began attending Northwoods Year-Round School of Technology and Innovation. The Jacksonville, N.C. elementary school is Onslow County’s first year-round, technology-focused school.

7/19/2013

7/19/2013

The greatest responsibility anyone could have is to be a parent. All parents know that the best way to ensure the well-being of their child is a good education. However, government makes it difficult for parents to choose what they think is the best school for their child.

7/2/2013

7/2/2013

In the Hollywood version of parent trigger laws, motivated parents of children trapped in a failing inner city school join forces to take over the institution and save their children’s futures.

6/24/2013

6/24/2013

The Blind Brook-Rye public school district, just outside New York City, seems to have it all: state-of-the-art classrooms, high test scores and an enviable record of sending graduates to college, including many in the Ivy League. What it hasn't always had in recent years is enough students. So the district is recruiting from neighboring districts whose families are willing to pay tuition of more than $20,000 a year to have their children attend a public school.

6/24/2013

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved plans for up to 100 students in Claiborne Parish to attend school in Junction City, Ark. State aid of up to $700,000 will be routed through a charter school in Delhi, La.

6/21/2013

6/21/2013

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

6/20/2013

6/20/2013

In a last-minute set of changes to the state budget, Assembly Republican leaders plan to boost school voucher programs, remove a proposed cap on a property tax credit for disabled veterans and allow new rules to keep protesters away from the site of a proposed mine.

6/13/2013

6/13/2013

Only 14 percent of the students who attend closing DC Public Schools have re-enrolled in the school system for the fall, schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Tuesday.

6/13/2013

The vast majority of students leaving four failing schools closed by the Recovery School District are headed to other substandard schools next year.

6/11/2013

6/11/2013

The Arkansas State Board of Education will discuss School Choice, a law passed this session allowing a certain number of students each year to transfer to any school. The Public School Choice Act of 2013, or School Choice, allows parents to decide where their kids should go to school, regardless of district boundaries.

5/31/2013

5/31/2013

Former state Rep. Annette Polly Williams, a key figure in making Wisconsin the first state with a school choice program, spoke out against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the program to at least nine more school districts. A blog post on Williams' criticisms prompted George Mitchell, a longtime school choice advocate and contributor to Walker's campaign since 2009, to call Williams racist.

5/22/2013

5/22/2013

Lawmakers are pushing what they call the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that would give parents up to $4,200 in vouchers to send their children to private schools.

5/2/2013

5/2/2013

We do everything possible to encourage college attendance. In the 2011-12 academic year, for example, one program alone—the federal Pell Grant program, intended to help low- and moderate-income students finance college—cost taxpayers $34.5 billion, about half the entire U.S. Department of Education budget.

4/30/2013

4/30/2013

The school system is poised to end the year down about 150 students compared to last year, continuing a gradual decline in enrollments.

4/16/2013

4/16/2013

Facing increased competition for students and the funding that comes with each, many public schools and districts are embracing new ways of promoting themselves.

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