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.

Educational Choice for Nevada Public School Students Threatened By Lawsuit

Educational choice threatened by ACLU

Public school parents in Nevada are actively seeking ways to provide a better education for their children, as evidenced by the more than 2,800 applications submitted in just a few weeks for the state’s new, universal education savings accounts (ESAs). Despite the growing demand for ESAs among families—the most important stakeholders in public education—the American […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States July 2015

school choice in the states July 2015

National The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice launched its new look and a new and improved website on July 31 to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day 2015. Check out our president and CEO’s musings on free markets, innovation, and Milton Friedman here.   Colorado – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona Friedman Foundation State Programs and Government Relations Director Brittany Corona […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States June 2015

school choice in the states

National The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice released its annual national survey of Americans on K–12 education issues including school choice, Common Core State Standards, standardized testing, and more. To read a helpful slide show of key findings and to access the full 2015 Schooling in America Survey report, visit our research page. The Friedman […]

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Douglas County Vouchers Unconstitutional

Douglas County vouchers ruled unconstitutional

Today the Colorado Supreme Court delivered a disappointing decision for hundreds of Douglas County students by ruling the first locally established school choice program in the country—the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Pilot Program—unconstitutional. About the Program The Douglas County Board of Education unanimously voted to create the program in March 2011, enacting the first and […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States May 2015

school choice in the states

Delaware – Doran Moreland @Dmoreland9 An education savings account (ESA) bill for students with special needs will soon be introduced in Delaware. The bill is expected to have bipartisan support. Delaware’s legislative session ends June 30. Nevada – Michael Chartier @mchart1 A universal ESA bill, SB 302, was passed by the legislature at the end […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States April 2015

school choice in the states

Arkansas – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona On April 8, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas’ first school choice program into law, making it the 25th state (plus Washington D.C.) to enact a private school choice program. The signature of HB 1552 created the Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, which allows students who have attended public school […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States March 2015

school choice in the states

Alabama – Leslie Hiner @LeslieHiner The Alabama Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Alabama Accountability Act on March 2. Alabama’s tax-credit scholarship and refundable tax credit programs, which serve low-income children with a preference for children in “failing” schools, are currently undergoing revisions through SB 71, which passed the Senate March 31. Although SB […]

Breaking Down Arkansas’s School Voucher Bill

About Arkansas's school voucher bill

The Arkansas legislature has passed House Bill 1552, a school voucher for children with disabilities and the state’s first school choice program. Arkansas’s school voucher bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, is now headed to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. With his signature, Arkansas will become the nation’s 25th state to adopt a school choice program, […]