In The States

Public Opinion Tracker: Teacher Survey Top Takeaways Q1 2021

In March 2020, schools across the country suddenly shut their doors in response to the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic. One year later, COVID-19 safety measures have been crafted and revised, vaccine distribution has accelerated, and the number of schools reopened or looking to reopen soon keeps growing. In the political debates around school reopening, the […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – March 2021

LEGISLATION Arizona The Arizona Senate passed three bills to expand educational opportunities, all of which were then also passed by the Arizona House Ways and Means Committee, including: SB 1452 to expand eligibility for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program to include students from low-income families or who are assigned to district schools with a high proportion of low-income […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – February 2021

LEGISLATION Federal The U.S. Senate saw a reintroduction of previous efforts to create a federal tax credit to donors of state-based scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs) that award scholarships as a part of state tax-credit scholarship programs. The bill, S 447, would create an individual federal credit worth up to $4,500 and a corporate credit worth up […]

Iowans Show Support for Flexible School Choice Programs, Want More Options

Those familiar with the private school choice world are used to hearing about developments and updates from the “Big Fish” states—places like Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin, which have among the largest school choice enrollments and were at the forefront of the modern school choice movement. But did you know Iowa, the 31st most populous state […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – January 2021

LEGISLATION Federal  Lawmakers introduced HR 499, a bill seeking to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to allow military dependent children to establish federally funded education savings accounts. The bill was referred to the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor. The U.S. Senate saw early private school choice action as well. S. […]

The 2021 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

The EdChoice team has never experienced a year quite like 2020. Though we’re all eager to move forward, we couldn’t put it in the rearview mirror for good before bringing you our annual yearbook superlatives What better time than National School Choice Week to highlight some of the big school choice challenges and wins from […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – November 2020

LEGISLATION New Jersey Lawmakers introduced a couple of coronavirus-related relief measures for families conducting remote learning in the form of state income tax benefits. SB 3104 provides a 25 percent tax credit for qualified education and child care expenses, the former of which includes materials necessary to support remote instruction. AB 4946 is the New […]

Where The Governors Stand On School Choice 2020

Keep in mind that past support or opposition to K-12 private school choice does not mean a proposal will succeed or fail, but a governor’s position serves as a likely indicator of what will happen if a bill reaches his or her desk.  If you think one of our ratings is incorrect, please contact, […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – October 2020

LEGISLATION Washington, D.C. Congress received and the city’s council enacted Washington, D.C.’s 2021 budget request act, which includes a $40 million request for the federal program that operates the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. LITIGATION Maine On October 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled against parents in Maine who wish to […]