Leslie Hiner

Leslie Hiner serves as vice president of Legal Affairs for EdChoice and leads the Legal Defense & Education Center. She is also a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network and is a Heartland Institute policy advisor.

Nevada ESA Litigation: What You Need to Know

Nevada ESA litigation

Nevada created an education model for the nation in 2015 when it passed into law an education savings account (ESA) program under which more than 96 percent of all K–12 students are eligible for ESA funding (90–100 percent of the state’s average education funding for each child). This currently is the most sustainable, inclusive, equitable […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States May 2016

May 2016 State Brief

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona – Michael Chartier @mchart1 The Arizona legislature expanded the states education savings account (ESA) program by making children who are legally blind and/or deaf or hard of hearing eligible. The state also opened the ESA program to a year-round application window. Arkansas – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed on May 9 the state’s 2016–17 budget, […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States April 2016

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LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Georgia – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona HB 243 was recommitted to be heard in the Georgia House Ways and Means on April 2. The bill would create a nearly universal education savings account (ESA) program for any student in the Peach state who was enrolled in public school the preceding school year. You […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States March 2016

School choice in the states March 2016

Arizona – Michael Chartier @mchart1 The House Appropriations Committee amended SB 1279, formerly a bill for a phase-in universal education savings account (ESA) program, to include only those children who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. The amended bill must now pass a vote on the House floor.   Kansas – Michael […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States February 2016

February school choice in the states

Arizona – Michael Chartier @mchart1 In a 17–13 vote, the Arizona Senate passed SB 1279, a bill that would expand the state’s education savings account (ESA) eligibility. The bill then made its way to the House where it has been referred to both the Education and Rules committees.   Kansas – Michael Chartier @mchart1 The Kansas […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States January 2016

January 2016 school choice update

National The Friedman Foundation joined with students, parents, educators, and advocates across the United States in celebrating National School Choice Week. As part of the week’s events, we released the 2016 edition of The ABCs of School Choice.   Arizona – Michael Chartier @mchart1 Two companion bills, HB 2482 and SB 1279, were introduced. The […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States December 2015

December 2015 state update

Minnesota – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona The Friedman Foundation hosted an educational summit for about 40 Minnesota legislators in Chicago in early December. The summit featured expert presentations on the four types of school choice programs: education savings accounts, vouchers, tax-credit scholarships, and tax credits and deductions. Presentations also included breakdowns of the existing research on […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States November 2015

School Choice in the States November 2015

National Leslie Hiner participated as a panelist in American Enterprise Institute’s event, “With all deliberate speed: Brown v. Board of Education II 60 years later.” She spoke on the successes, challenges, and next steps for integration in schools. Also at the event, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Scafidi presented findings from […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States October 2015

School Choice in the States October 2015

National The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice released a new report, The Integration Anomaly: Comparing the Effects of K–12 Education Delivery Models on Segregation in Schools, by Dr. Ben Scafidi. The report explores recent trends in both racial and income segregation in neighborhoods and schools and offers do’s and don’t’s for school choice programs aiming […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States September 2015

September 2015 School Choice in the States

Colorado – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona Douglas County, Colorado was awarded an extension on September 24 to seek the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the district’s Choice Scholarship voucher program. The program is a universal, district-wide school voucher program, which briefly served about 500 students in 21 schools […]