School Choice

Sununu pledges to veto New Hampshire ‘parental bill of rights’ legislation

(The Center Square) – Gov. Chris Sununu is pledging to veto a controversial proposal to create a “parental rights” law requiring schools to notify parents if their child questions their gender identity. Earlier this week, House and Senate leaders took steps to advance the previously stalled legislation. Lawmakers are pushing to require the state Department of Education…
School Choice May 19th, 2022

Former public school teacher offers advice for starting a microschool

(reimaginED) – Amy Marotz’s decision to start a microschool began the way such decisions have begun for others: She became a parent. The former educator, who taught English at a charter school for low-income students in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, toured her zoned district elementary school when it was time to enroll her older child. Unlike…

Policy group wants Ohio to use ARPA money to fund students first

(The Center Square) – An Ohio policy group believes the state should use federal funds to expand private school options for students and parents and increase money used for after-school programs to help offset learning losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a policy memo, The Buckeye Institute urged state lawmakers to take a students first approach…
Current Events, School Choice May 19th, 2022

Virginia lab school bill still being debated, for-profit provision among disagreements

(The Center Square) – Virginia legislation to create K-12 laboratory schools is still being debated by House and Senate lawmakers with one of the primary disputes being whether the state should allow for-profit institutions to operate any schools. Gov. Glenn Youngkin entered a partnership with more than 30 different colleges and universities to jointly express their…

Tennessee Supreme Court rules in favor of education savings account program

(The Center Square) – Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that an education savings account program passed by the General Assembly in 2019 was constitutional. The program, which would have started in Nashville and Shelby County, had been challenged based upon the state’s Home Rule Amendment. The court did state, however, that the two areas do…

A parent’s story: How education savings accounts are changing lives in our family

(reimaginED) – When our son Thomas was about to move to first grade, his teacher told us he should repeat kindergarten. Being a teacher myself, and trusting the education system, I agreed without asking any questions. But three weeks into Thomas’ second year of kindergarten, I told my husband that beyond Thomas’ speech difficulties, for which…

Missouri legislative session ends with progress on education

New funding for charter schools, expanding access to virtual school, improving childhood literacy and increasing teacher pay are among a handful of education initiatives that the Missouri legislature moved across the finish line at the end of the 2022 session last week. The two major education bills heading to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s desk are HB…

Proposed federal charter school rules could add roadblocks to Virginia expansion

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden is proposing stricter rules for charter schools that apply for federal funding, which could add more roadblocks for charter school expansion in Virginia. Under the proposed rules, a charter school would need to submit a community impact analysis showing it would meet a currently unmet demand, which would need…

No movement on charter cap, ‘zombie’ schools in New York

(The Center Square) – Efforts to expand access to charter schools in New York were unsuccessful earlier this week when Democrats in the state Senate blocked a proposal to lift a cap on the number of schools. State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, offered the proposal Wednesday as an amendment to S.3468B, a bill sponsored by state…

Arizona tops nationwide charter school rankings

(The Center Square) – Which state ranks No. 1 in the country for charter schools? According to a recent report from the Center for Education Reform, Arizona takes the top spot. The organization praised Arizona for increasing charter school funding and the proportion of students in charter schools. It also praised the state for creating new…