School Choice

Parents, School Choice February 3rd, 2023

SPN poll: Parents support school choice

(The Center Square) – More than six out of every 10 voters with children under 18 would be receptive to the prospect of their child attending a school outside of their locally zoned public district, a new State Policy Network poll finds. Overall, the SPN State Voices opinion poll of roughly 2,000 registered voters conducted in partnership…
School Choice February 3rd, 2023

School choice supporters optimistic over Wisconsin open enrollment

(The Center Square) – The latest snapshot of the desire for school choice in Wisconsin is developing this week when the Open Application Period for three of Wisconsin’s school choice programs begins Wednesday. Parents in Milwaukee and Racine have several chances to enroll their kids in Parental Choice Programs for their school district. Parents in the…
School Choice February 2nd, 2023

Idaho legislator is working to overturn ‘relic’ anti-school choice amendment

An Idaho lawmaker has introduced a resolution to remove an Idaho constitutional amendment which has historically restricted school choice programs. “Article Nine, Section Five, known as the Blaine Amendment, is a relic of religious bigotry that prohibits state funds from flowing to sectarian organizations,” Rep. Brian Lenney, R-Nampa, says. Blaine Amendments can be found in 37…
School Choice February 2nd, 2023

Kansas Gov. Kelly: School choice for my kids but not yours

(The Sentinel) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is staunchly opposed to school choice, except for her own children.  Alumni newsletters show Kelly and her husband, Dr. Ted Daughety, could afford the tuition for their children to attend Topeka Collegiate, which is a private college preparatory school.  But many other parents have no option but to send their…
School Choice February 2nd, 2023

South Carolina Senate passes expanded school choice ESA program

The South Carolina Senate approved a bill this week granting 15,000 students access to education savings accounts (ESAs). “There will be children whose lives will be changed for the better because of this bill,” Sen. Greg Hembree, R-District 28, chair of the Senate Education Committee, told reporters after the debate. “This is the core of the…
School Choice February 1st, 2023

Texas Gov. Abbott declares support for school choice

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told parents that Texas needs to create Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to increase parental choice in education. Such a program would put the state’s share of per-pupil education funding into individual student accounts. Parents could use the funds for approved education expenses, such as private school tuition, tutoring, homeschooling and technology. “That…
General Education, School Choice February 1st, 2023

Ohio governor includes school choice, family-related tax cuts at forefront of proposed budget

(The Center Square) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine put education center stage Tuesday, saying the state’s future is defined by how well children are educated. He outlined an education focus on literacy that includes new reading curriculum and professional development in his annual state of the state address to the General Assembly, while promising to spend one-time…
Opinion, School Choice January 31st, 2023

Op-Ed: Iowa education reforms point to what’s next

(The Center Square) – This week, the Iowa legislature passed the Students First Act, which creates a universal Education Savings Account (ESA) program. The Students First Act will allow Iowa families to use their student’s portion of state education funding at the school of their choice. The Students First Act is the chief policy goal for…
School Choice January 31st, 2023

Education audit reveals why Louisiana needs school choice

If there was ever a time to reconsider whether public education does its job, many policy experts and lawmakers say that time is now. Louisiana’s legislative auditor released a report showing low-income students and racial minorities are often stuck in the poorest performing schools and least likely to attend a private school. The report ranks public…
Culture, School Choice January 30th, 2023

Utah governor signs bill banning sex change treatments for minors and school choice bill

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed two bills into law supporting children and parents over the weekend. One bill banned sex change treatments in the state for minors who have not been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and the other created school choice scholarships while increasing teacher pay. “Legislation that impacts our most vulnerable youth requires careful consideration…