In The States

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – July 2021

LEGISLATION Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed into law HB 349 and SB 86  containing Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, a tax credit-funded education savings account or “tax-credit ESA” program. Joining Kentucky, this is the second program of its kind throughout the nation and is Missouri’s first educational choice program.  The Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program currently has a cap […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – June 2021

LEGISLATION Arizona The Arizona House and Senate passed SB 1828, a bill that expanded the tax credits available via Lexie’s Law for Disabled and Displaced Students by $1 million. Additionally, the legislature made a number of important technical modifications to Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program that will provide families with even greater freedom and flexibility to customize their children’s education. The Goldwater Institute […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – May 2021

LEGISLATION Arizona The Arizona House Rules Committee voted to advance SB 1452, a bill that would 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 students. The bill passed the Arizona Senate Education Committee by a vote of 5-3 and is now […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – April 2021

LEGISLATION Alabama HB 559 was introduced and referred to Ways and Means and Education Policy committees. If passed, the bill would allow a taxpayer to claim a tax credit of up to 75 percent of the tax liability of the of the taxpayer, not to exceed $75,000 per taxpayer or a cumulative amount of $30 […]

Parents and Teachers Both Want More Learning Pods

We knew parents liked learning pods. It turns out teachers might be even more excited. When schools shut their doors in response to COVID-19, some parents worried their kids were not learning well through online instruction. Others feared a lack of social or emotional development. Among parents who transitioned to working from home, some felt […]

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 […]