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.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States July 2014

school choice in the states

Florida – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn The Florida Education Association (FEA) filed a lawsuit challenging a newly enacted law that includes an education savings account (ESA) for students with special needs—called the Personal Learning Scholarship Account—along with an expansion of the existing Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The FEA contends the law violates a state constitutional […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States June 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn A trial court ruled that the school choice programs contained within the Alabama Accountability Act may continue while the state Supreme Court reviews a ruling striking down the Act. The office of the Attorney General and attorneys from the Institute for Justice filed a motion requesting a stay after Judge Gene […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States November 2014

school choice in the states

Delaware – Doran Moreland @Dmoreland9 Delaware is gaining momentum around the expansion educational options for kids. Recently, an agreement was reached between the Delaware teachers’ union and school choice proponents. The agreement allows all families to access public charter schools in Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city. Additionally, a Friedman Foundation survey indicates a 69 percent approval […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States May 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn The Montgomery County Circuit Court struck down the Alabama Accountability Act as unconstitutional. The Accountability Act contains two private school choice programs: a tax-credit scholarship program and a refundable tax credit program. Judge Gene Reese ruled the Act violates the Alabama Constitution’s single-subject rule, which requires legislation to focus on […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States April 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn  U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Alabama Accountability Act on grounds that the school choice program contained within the Act violated equal protection. The Southern Poverty Law Center had filed a lawsuit contending that its clients, students in “failing” public schools, were unable to take […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States March 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn The Alabama House passed HB 558 that would amend the Alabama Accountability Act. The bill heads to the Senate for consideration. The bill would make the following changes: Define individual donors as shareholders or partners of S corporations or Subchapter K entities, and eliminate the $7,500 cap on all individual contributions. […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States February 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn Alabama lawmakers filed a bill (HB 558) that would amend the Alabama Accountability Act to define individual donors as shareholders or partners of S corporations or Subchapter K entities. The bill would also eliminate the $7,500 cap on individual contributions. The Alabama Accountability Act currently requires scholarship granting organizations to wait […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States January 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn The National School Choice Week Train had a whistle-stop event in Birmingham, January 24, to celebrate the new school choice programs provided by the Alabama Accountability Act. One of the event’s speakers, Bert Gall, an attorney with the Institute for Justice (IJ), brought to light the Alabama Education Association’s lawsuit against […]

Public Schools Provide Quality Education, Except When They Don’t

Quality Education

In “Voucher Schools Provide Choice, Except When They Don’t,” the author Erin Prangley’s diatribe against school choice exposes the self-serving, “it’s good for me, but not for you” attitude that underlies the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) position against vouchers.  Ms. Prangley begins by affirming AAUW’s position supporting “quality public education for all.” It […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States December 2013

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn Alabama will likely hit the $25 million cap for corporate and individual donations for the new tax-credit scholarship program. As of December 20, Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) have received $23.8 million in actual or indicated donations. If the cap is reached, SGOs could give out scholarships worth $8,800 to around 2,700 […]