School Choice

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…
Current Events, School Choice May 16th, 2022

Income tax rebate, education legislation remain for South Carolina Legislature

(The Center Square) – While South Carolina’s regular legislative session ended Thursday, several pieces of legislation are still in the works including an income tax rebate proposal along with a bill to create new educational savings accounts. Those bills, S1087 and S935, reached the point of conference committee and could be ready for when the Legislature…

Virginia ranks low in charter school school policy, but could be improving

(The Center Square) – With National Charter School Week underway, Virginia still ranks as one of the worst states for charter schools in the country, but some advocates believe the state may start heading in the right direction. Out of the 45 states that have charter schools, Virginia ranks fourth to last in a charter school…
School Choice May 13th, 2022

Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

(reimaginED) – Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was that its purpose was to mark the first anniversary of a piece of landmark legislation…

South Carolina House approves amended educational savings account program

(The Center Square) – The South Carolina House amended and passed a bill that would create a pilot educational savings account program in the state. The amendment alters S. 935, which the Senate passed in late March, and now the amended bill will head back to the Senate for approval or to set up a conference…

Louisiana Senate passes Reading Education Savings Account program bill

(The Center Square) – A bill to create a Reading Education Savings Account Program for struggling students cleared the Louisiana Senate. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 203, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, with a vote of 24-13 to create accounts parents of students struggling to read can use to improve their education outside of the public…
School Choice May 10th, 2022

Massachusetts committee reviewing education bills promoting school choice, transparency

(The Center Square) – Education-related bills pertaining to school choice, curriculum transparency and student representation are under review within a Massachusetts legislative committee. The state’s Joint Committee on Education took written testimony through May 4 on the trio of bills in its most recent step in reviewing the legislation. State Rep. William Galvin, D-Canton, presented to…

Badger Institute poll shows broad support for welfare reform, parents involvement in schools, police

(The Center Square) – Voters in Wisconsin, by large margins, want to see more parents involved in their kids’ schools, more police officers on the streets, and more people getting back to work in the state. The Badger Institute on Tuesday released results from a poll conducted by the State Policy Network. The poll shows broad…
School Choice May 9th, 2022

Science center in the Ozarks reinvents itself, wins $1 million prize to continue offering education choice to families

(reimaginED) – Two years ago, as the coronavirus pandemic began shuttering childcare centers nationwide, a Springfield, Missouri center that had been providing STEM education activities faced a critical decision. Should it close, or should it attempt to fill the area’s childcare gap? The team at The Discovery Center voted to stay open. Within 48 hours, it…