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"The Rise of Tax Credits: How Arizona Created an Alternative to School Vouchers -- and Why They're Spreading" from Chalkbeat

on Monday, 18 September 2017.

With its recent adoption of a tax credit scholarship program, Illinois became the 18th state to adopt an innocuously named — but highly controversial — policy that critics have described as a “backdoor voucher.”

In some sense, the description is apt. But by injecting a middle layer into the government’s support of private school tuition, tax credits help avoid some of the legal and political obstacles that have dogged efforts by advocates, like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, to promote school choice through vouchers.

Perhaps as a result, more students now use tax incentive programs than vouchers to attend private schools in the U.S. A federal tax credit is also seen as the Trump administration’s favored approach for promoting school choice at the federal level, though its immediate progress looks increasingly unlikely.

Continue reading "The Rise of Tax Credits: How Arizona Created an Alternative to School Vouchers -- and Why They're Spreading" from Chalkbeat.

"Betsy DeVos Waiting for 'Right Time,' Circumstances for a Choice Initiative" from Education Week

on Sunday, 17 September 2017.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has spent decades advocating for private school vouchers and charter schools, came to Washington with one item at the top of her agenda: to push for a new federal school choice initiative.

Her vision is running into trouble on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers in both chambers have failed to fund either of the school choice proposals in the president's budget. And it's looking less and less likely that the White House will push to include a federal tax credit scholarship program in a sweeping tax overhaul package that's slated to be unveiled soon.

So where does that leave the secretary? She is not giving up, she said in a wide-ranging interview with Education Week last week. And she wants to make sure the administration pursues the best possible school choice policy.

Continue reading "Betsy DeVos Waiting for 'Right Time,' Circumstances for a Choice Initiative" from Education Week.

"New Survey Finds High Support for School Choice Policies Among Millennials" from the Washington Examiner

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017.

Support for charter schools and voucher programs is high among millennials, and especially high among minority millennials, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The poll was conducted among 1,836 adults between the ages of 18-34 over the summer by GenForward as part of its bimonthly survey of millennials, which is administered by NORC at the University of Chicago. The data published Tuesday focused on how young people view education, probing respondents on three different questions related to school choice policies such as charter schools and vouchers.

Continue reading "New Survey Finds High Support for School Choice Policies Among Millennials" from the Washington Examiner.

"Borsuk: School Choice Expansion Continues in Wisconsin" from the Journal Sentinel.

on Saturday, 09 September 2017.

School choice? Man, we’ve got a heap of it, and the heap got bigger Wednesday in the last hours of work by the Legislature’s budget committee on plans for 2017-'19.   

The last step, involving students with special-education needs, left this a pretty good budget season for school choice advocates.

Given that — and given the large number of people who don’t understand the complicated school choice picture — it’s a good time to offer a general primer on choice in Wisconsin.

Continue reading "Borsuk: School Choice Expansion Continues in Wisconsin" from the Journal Sentinel.

"The Big Picture On School Choice In Detroit" from Forbes

on Thursday, 07 September 2017.

For years, school choice has been expanding nationally. There’s good reason for this steady growth: parents, especially low-income parents, want to decide where to send their kids to school. And the bulk of the evidence shows that school choice – charters, tax credits, vouchers and homeschooling – leads to significant positive educational benefits.

But when parents have a choice, some schools “win” and some “lose.” Unsurprisingly then, the bipartisan school choice movement has witnessed somewhat of a backlash, especially from groups that have a vested interest in the status quo, such as teachers unions.

Continue reading "The Big Picture On School Choice In Detroit" from Forbes.