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Ep. 206: Legal Updates with Leslie – SC, NC, NV, TN, ME, MD

Join our VP of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner as she breaks down school choice cases across the country.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – August 2020

Need a record of August 2020’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 202: The Monthly Debrief – July Looking to August 2020

Join our state team as they discuss the latest school choice happenings in the states.

Cool Schools: Season Three Roundup

Check out all eight episodes of season three of our Cool Schools podcast series.

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U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2020

Where are America’s students getting their education? Which types of schools and educational settings are they choosing?

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – July 2020

Need a record of July 2020’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 196: The Monthly Debrief – June Looking to July 2020

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow, Director of Policy Jason Bedrick, and our two state directors, Lauren Hodge and Jordan Zackery, discuss the latest

Ep. 195: Big Ideas – “A Guide to Designing Educational Choice Programs” with David Hodges

We chat with David Hodges, educational choice attorney at the Institute for Justice. He discusses his new report, “A Guide to Designing Educational Choice Programs,” and the Institute for

What the Espinoza Ruling Means for Blaine Amendments and School Choice

VP of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner breaks down the legal language and shares the EdChoice backstory.

Ep. 194: Legal Updates with Leslie – Espinoza

Leslie Hiner, our VP of legal affairs, discusses the recent school choice win in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – June 2020

Need a record of June 2020’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 191: A Chat with Families Empowered

In this episode, we are joined by team members at Families Empowered, a Texas organization with a mission to help all families gain access to schools that work for

Ep. 189: Big Ideas – Failure of Vouchers with Anna Egalite

Anna Egalite discusses her chapter in the book, Failure Up Close: What Happens, Why it Happens and What We Can Learn From It. She addresses the ways in which

EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker: Top Takeaways May 2020

We share our eight key takeaways based on our May polling waves.

Update on Tennessee ESA Litigation

Court rules school choice law violates "home rule" provision.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – May 2020

Need a record of May 2020’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 186: Cool Schools with Fleming County

Learn more about the unique programming flowing out of Fleming County, Kentucky, public schools.

Ep. 185: The Monthly Debrief – April Looking to May 2020

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow chats with Michael Schuttloffel, executive director of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). They discuss the state

Ep. 184: Big Ideas – “Failure Up Close” with Jay Greene

Jay Greene, professor and chair of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, discusses the book he co-edited, Failure Up Close: What Happens, Why It Happens,

Ep. 181: EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker

We discuss the goals of our new EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker, along with some of the data you’ll find⁠—including COVID-19 teacher survey results.

EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker: Top Takeaways April 2020

We share our eight key takeaways based on our January-to-April polling waves.

What You Need to Know About the EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker

Learn more about our goals for the new polling dashboard, and get tips on how to navigate its various tools and pages.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – April 2020

Let our state and legal teams help you stay up to date on the latest in our monthly brief.

Planning for an Uncertain Future: The International School of Indiana

What happens to a school who’s students and teachers come from all over the world when the world shuts down?

Ep. 175: Big Ideas – “The Not-So-Great-Society” with Lindsey Burke

In this episode of the Big Ideas series, we chat with Lindsey Burke of the Center for Education Policy about the book, The Not-So-Great-Society. The book, co-edited by Burke,

Ep. 173: Cool Schools with Legacy Classical Christian Academy

In this episode of Cool Schools, Mike McShane chats with Belinda Henson, head of school at Legacy Classical Christian Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to being a

The Trillion Dollar Problem: Pandemic Puts State Pension Plans At Even Greater Risk

The current economic downturn will have rippling effects on the health of pension funds for public school teachers and other public employees.

K-12 Fiscal Relief in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Shuttering school choice programs would cost states $3.3 billion.

The K-12 Financial Cliff: What States Could Face If Students Switch Schooling Sectors

What would happen to state and local budgets if a percentage of private school students wind up back in the public system?

Ep. 172: The Monthly Debrief – March Looking to April 2020

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow and Director of State Relations Lauren Hodge chat with Emily Sass, policy director at the Center for Innovation

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – March 2020

Let our state and legal teams help you stay up to date on the latest in our monthly brief.

Ep. 167: The Monthly Debrief – February Looking to March 2020

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow, Director of Policy Jason Bedrick and Director of State Relations Lauren Hodge discuss the latest school choice happenings

Studying the School Choice Student Transportation Problem

Taking a look at the national landscape of student transportation policy, the best we can say is that it is complicated.

Ep. 165: Transporting School Choice Students – A Chat with the Authors

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, Mike McShane and Michael Shaw, authors of our latest report Transporting School Choice Students, discuss inspiration, methodology and findings. Click here to read

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – February 2020

Last month was a busy one for school choice in the states. Let our state and legal teams help you stay up to date on the latest in our monthly brief.

Ep. 161: Legal Updates with Leslie – MT, TN, CT, OH, NV, D.C.

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, our Vice President of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner discusses recent school choice litigation across the country, including her recent visit to the U.S.

Times Like These: Why You Should Build A Real, Committed Grassroots Army

By Jennifer Wagner Buying a domain name, launching a website and making a public announcement are the first steps toward building a grassroots network of supporters. They also happen to

The Real Roots of School Choice Lie in Inclusion and Integration

School vouchers helped create integration academies but school choice opponents don’t want you to know that.

Ep. 159: The Monthly Debrief – January Looking to February 2020

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow, Director of Policy Jason Bedrick and Director of State Relations Lauren Hodge discuss the latest school choice happenings

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – January 2020

Need a record of January 2020’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2020 Edition

We rank the nation’s educational choice programs by purchasing power based on data in our 2020 edition of The ABCs of School Choice.

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2020 Edition

Which of America’s school choice programs has the most students participating? What about the least?

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2020 Edition

Get this year's comprehensive list of every private school choice program in America ranked by program eligibility.

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2020 Edition

For the fourth year in a row – here are the rankings of states spending share on private educational choice programs.

2020 School Choice Legislative Preview

Keep an eye on these states for school choice legislation in 2020.

The 2020 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

We caffeinated. We debated. We declared this year’s yearbook superlatives, including most likely to succeed in 2020.

Ep. 156: Our 2020 School Choice Yearbook Superlatives

There’s no better time to reflect on recent school choice happenings and look forward to a new year than during National School Choice Week. As we do every year,

Sensible K–12 Governance and Why It Probably Won’t Happen

Daarel Burnette of Education Week wrote a provocative piece earlier this month titled “Face It, School Governance Is a Mess.” His core argument is tough to dispute: No one knows who is in charge of K–12 education.

School Choice State Brief: December 2019

Need a record of school choice legislation and litigation in the states from last month? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 151: Learn Everywhere with Frank Edelblut

Frank Edelblut, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education, discusses the fruition and future of the Learn Everywhere program.

Overheard At #RedForEd: Pay Is Important, But Testing Took Center Stage

By Jennifer Wagner When thousands of people come together to speak out for or against something, it’s a beautiful sight. Rallies and protests are a reminder of our fundamental American

Ep. 150: Choice in the States – Virginia with Chris Braunlich

The president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute discusses the state’s tax-credit scholarship program and predicts what is on the horizon for school choice in Virginia.

Ep. 149: Big Ideas – “Who Killed Civil Society” with Howard Husock

Howard Husock discusses his book, Who Killed Civil Society: The Rise of Big Government and the Decline of Bourgeois Norms. In it, he talks about the role and importance

Top Five Questions About Teacher Pay

As teacher protests continue, we share answers to the top five questions we get asked about teacher pay

Four Ways Evidence Shows School Choice Can Help Teachers

No more theories: The data show school choice actually helps teachers in these four ways

Ep. 148: A Look Back at October and Forward to November

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

Not All Teachers Oppose Inter-District Busing

New polling might point to inter-district busing being a lost cause among teachers, but there are some pockets of opportunity

Where the “Funding Competing Systems” Argument Falls Completely Apart

School choice opponents say we should “fully fund” one system (public schools), but here’s where that all falls apart

Ep. 146: Choice in the States – North Carolina with Terry Stoops

Learn more about school choice happenings in this state

Ep. 145: Choice in the States – New Hampshire with Kate Baker

Learn more about school choice happenings in this state

Ep. 142: Choice in the States – Pennsylvania with Marc LeBlond and Andy LeFevre

Learn more about school choice happenings in this state

Ep. 141: Legal Updates with Leslie – Montana and Maine

Learn the latest on these key cases and how they could affect families’ educational choices

Ep. 138: Choice in the States – Indiana with Robert Enlow

Our president and CEO discusses the journey of educational choice in the Hoosier State

Ep. 136: Big Ideas – “How The Other Half Learns” with Robert Pondiscio

In his new book, Pondiscio breaks down school culture of one the nation's largest charter school networks

Ep. 137: The Monthly Debrief – August Looking to September 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

Ep. 135: Choice in the States – Georgia with Lisa Kelly

The president and executive director of GOAL discusses the state's tax-credit scholarship program

Ep. 134: Choice in the States – Ohio with Chad Aldis

He discusses steps toward broadening school choice programs in the state

Ep. 132: Choice in the States – Oklahoma with Brandon Dutcher

Learn more about this state's two school choice programs

Ep. 130: Choice in the States – Mississippi with Grant Callen

In this episode, the founder of Empower Mississippi talks with us about school choice programs in this southern state

Ep. 127: Choice in the States – Arizona with Jonathan Butcher

In this episode, the senior education analyst with The Heritage Foundation talks with us about school choice in the out west

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, July 2019

Need a record of July 2019’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered

Ep. 126: The Monthly Debrief – July Looking to August 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

Five Talking Points on School Vouchers

Be prepared next time someone disses school choice in your presence

Ep. 123: Legal Updates with Leslie – TN, FL, MD and MT

Learn the latest on these key cases and how they could affect families’ educational choices

Ep. 122: The Monthly Debrief – June Looking to July 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

Ep. 121: Choice in the States – Florida with Doug Tuthill

In this episode, the president of Step Up for Students talks with us about school choice in the Sunshine State

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2019

How many K–12 students use educational choice out of all students in your state? Find out in this list.

Ep. 118: Choice in the States – Tennessee with Justin Owen

In the first episode of a new series, we take a look at school choice efforts in Tennessee

Ep. 118: The Monthly Debrief – May Looking to June 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, May 2019

Need a record of May 2019’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered

Ep. 114: The Monthly Debrief – April Looking to May 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, April 2019

Need a record of April 2019’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered

Ep. 111: A Conversation with Mark Gleason of the Philadelphia School Partnership

The executive director of this organization talk improving the educational outcomes for all Philadelphia students by 'cultivating choice in every sector'

Ep. 110: The Monthly Debrief – March Looking to April 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, March 2019

Need a record of March 2019’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered

Ep. 105: The Monthly Debrief – February Looking to March 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

In honor of our 100th podcast episode, our president and CEO joined us in the studio to bring some big topics into the light and to your screens.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2019

Need a record of February 2019’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered

Mapping Drive Times to Hope Scholarship-Accepting Private Schools in Florida

How far might Florida Hope Scholarship students travel to attend a qualifying private school?

Mapping Drive Times from Private Schools in West Virginia

One in eight West Virginia students has a far commute to the nearest private school

Ep. 98: The Monthly Debrief – January Looking to February 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2019

Need a record of January 2019’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

The 2019 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

The EdChoice team debated and dubbed this year’s yearbook superlatives, including most likely to succeed in 2019.

Ep. 94: Our 2019 School Choice Yearbook Superlatives

The EdChoice team debated and dubbed this year’s yearbook superlatives, including most likely to succeed in 2019.

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2019 Edition

Our team has never been shy about our focus on broad eligibility in school choice programs, but a program that’s open to all families is only as good as

Ep. 93: Legal Updates with Leslie – FL, ME, MT, NM and TN

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner chats with Vice President of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner about several court cases, including a controversial tax-credit

Legal Updates with Leslie: Florida, Maine, Montana, New Mexico and Tennessee

Learn the latest on these key cases and how they could affect families’ educational choices

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2019 Edition

How much of states’ total K–12 funds are spent on school choice programs? Find out in this list.

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2019 Edition

Which of America’s school choice programs has the most students participating? What about the least? In this post, we rank America’s school choice programs by how many participants they

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2019 Edition

At EdChoice, eligibility is one of the most important factors in analyzing a school choice program. We believe that all parents—regardless of geography, income or any other factor—should have

The 2019 “ABCs of School Choice” Handbook Features You Should Know

If you care about school choice policies, our annual flagship publication will make your job easier. Order your free print copy below.

Ep. 92: The Monthly Debrief – December 2018 Looking to January 2019

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, December 2018

Need a record of December 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 89: A School Choice Family’s Story – Ola Alayande

We interviewed a Florida parent about how her academically gifted children are thriving because of a tax-credit scholarship

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – November to December 2018

Our state team breaks from our normal debrief format to chat about an IRS rule that may affect tax-credit scholarships

Ep. 88: The Monthly Debrief – November Looking to December 2018

Our state team breaks from our normal debrief format to chat about an IRS rule that may affect tax-credit scholarships.

Ep. 71: The Monthly Debrief – October Looking to November 2018

Our state team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode.

The School Choice Landscape Following the 2018 Election

Where the states stand after midterm gubernatorial, legislative races

Where Governors Stand on School Choice 2018

There were 36 gubernatorial races in the 2018 cycle, and Democrats picked up a total of seven seats nationwide.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, October 2018

Need a record of October 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 68: The Monthly Debrief – September Looking to October 2018

Our team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode.

How Tennessee’s ESA Spending Compares to Other States

Last month, the Tennessee Department of Education released the final expense report summary and enrollment data for the first full year of the state’s education savings account (ESA) program

Ep. 65: The Monthly Debrief – August Looking to September 2018

Our team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode.

After IRS impacts tax-credit scholarships, a chance for altruism (and better program design)

An IRS response to high-tax states may affect all charities, including tax-credit scholarships. What’s next?

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, August 2018

Need a record of August 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

New Analysis Maps K–12 Schooling ‘Deserts’ in Choice-Rich Indiana

Indiana is ripe with school choice, but families in some areas lack access to highly rated schools or alternatives to their zoned public schools

Ep. 62: The Monthly Debrief – July Looking to August 2018

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s Director of State Relations Lauren Hodge, Director of Policy Jason Bedrick and Senior Director of State Relations Michael Chartier discuss the latest school

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – July to August 2018

Our team updates you on the latest school choice happenings in the states since our last Monthly Debrief episode

Ep. 60: Legal Updates with Leslie – Janus, Florida and Puerto Rico

Learn the latest on three key cases and how they could affect families’ educational choices

Mapping Drive Times from Private Schools in New Hampshire

New Hampshire students, on average, don’t have a far commute to private school options

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, July 2018

Need a record of July 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 57: The Monthly Debrief – June to July

Our state team lets you in on legislative movement in the states last month and what’s coming up in July

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, June 2018

Need a record of June 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Reunited, But Will It Be Good? Considerations and Concerns as New Orleans School Board Absorbs Local Recovery District Schools

Returning to a democratically-elected school board has pros and cons for parental choice

Janus v. AFSCME: Why This Case Is Important to Teachers and Education Reformers

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state or public-sector union to force non-consenting employees to pay union agency fees. Why is

Mapping Drive-Times from Private Schools in Oklahoma

More than three-quarters of Oklahoma families could drive their K–12 students to a private school in 20 minutes or less

Ep. 52: The Monthly Debrief – May Looking to June 2018

Our team gives you the skinny on legislative movement in the states last month and look forward what’s on the docket in June

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, May 2018

Need a record of May 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

What Puerto Rico’s New Education Reform Bill Says About School Choice

The potential for school choice is a small, but important, piece in the island’s massive education overhaul

Ep. 48: The Monthly Debrief – April Looking to May 2018

The EdChoice state relations and policy teams get in the weeds with New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and codifying school choice programs

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, April 2018

Need a record of April 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 45: The Monthly Debrief – March Looking to April 2018

EdChoice’s state team talks about what happened in the world of school choice in March and what they expect to see happen in April.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, March 2018

Need a record of March 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 43: An Update on Montana’s Tax-Credit Scholarship Case

EdChoice’s Vice President of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner dives into the details of Montana’s upcoming tax-credit scholarship case, which could be important for school choice programs nationwide.

Mapping Drive-Times from Private Schools in South Carolina

In general, South Carolina students aren’t far from private school options

Ep. 40: The Monthly Debrief – February Looking to March 2018

Our Senior Director of State Relations and Policy Director chat about what happened in the world of school choice in February and what we can expect in March.

School Choice in Rural America: How Online Schooling Helps Bridge the Accessibility Gap

Mapping brick-and-mortar charter schools versus online schools in robust school choice states

Mapping Indiana’s K–12 Student Transfers

Based on Indiana Department of Education data, which public school districts are students leaving and why?

The Next 200 Years: When Results Aren’t Enough—the Dollars and Cents of Sustainable Urban Catholic Schools

Breaking down the financial state of Catholic Schools and possible sustainability solutions

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2018

Need a record of February 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

How Do You Build a School Choice Coalition?

Three EdChoice team members chat about their experiences in school choice coalition building—how to do it well, what can break down a coalition and more.

The Next 200 Years: A New EdChoice Series

This post is part of a new EdChoice blog series called The Next 200 Years, where authors will wrestle with how to best preserve the legacy and ensure the future of Catholic education in the United States.

Ep. 35: The Monthly Debrief – February Looking to March 2018

Our Senior Director of State Relations and Director of Policy chat about what happened in the world of school choice in January, and what might happen looking forward.

Mapping Indiana’s Public District School Choice Transfers

Check out these maps showing outgoing, incoming and net public district school choice transfers and where the state’s public transfer hot spots are.

Breaking Down New Hampshire’s ESA Bill, the Research and Public Opinion

We broke down the Granite State’s ESA bill, SB 193, so you don’t have to.

Ep. 32: How Florida Families Use ESAs with Jason Bedrick & Lindsey Burke

In this podcast, we discuss new research on how Florida families are using the state’s ESA program and more with the report’s authors.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2018

Need a record of January 2018’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep. 30: Our 2018 School Choice Yearbook Superlatives

The EdChoice team debated and dubbed this year’s yearbook superlatives, including most likely to succeed in 2018.

Ep. 29: 2018 National School Choice Week with Andrew Campanella

Our President and CEO Robert Enlow had a chat with Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week, about the organization’s history and vision for the future.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, December 2017

Need a record of December 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

School Vouchers Gone Wild? The Truth About Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarships

Recent media coverage of Florida’s tax-credit scholarships wrongly paints them as breeding ground for evil deeds.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, November 2017

Need a record of November 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

A Frank Description of What Really Happened with Douglas County, Colorado’s School Voucher Program

Douglas County School District’s voucher program—an excellent educational opportunity for children—was captured, and ruined, by politics and contentious litigation.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, October 2017

Need a record of October 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, September 2017

Need a record of September 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Ep 14: IL’s New School Choice Program with Jason Bedrick & Robert Enlow

EdChoice’s president and director of policy discuss how a historically difficult state for school choice—Illinois—got its new tax-credit scholarship this month and how it can improve.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, August 2017

Need a record of August 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Illinois Governor Signs First Substantial School Choice Program

Learn everything you need to know about Illinois’s new tax-credit scholarship program for low- and middle-income families.

6 Key Principles for the School-Choice Movement’s ‘Bold Brand Promise’

This post originally appeared here on the Rick Hess Straight Up blog on Education Week. I’ve probably been to Washington, D.C., more times in the past six months than

8 Things the School-Choice Movement Has Gotten Right

This post originally appeared here on the Rick Hess Straight Up blog on Education Week. Greetings, fellow travelers. It’s Robert Enlow, back again with the next take from the

7 Regrets From an Old, Cranky Ed. Reformer

This post originally appeared here on the Rick Hess Straight Up blog on Education Week. Hi. My name is Robert Enlow. I’m an ed reformer, and I’ve been one

Ep 11: The Threat to Arizona ESAs with Jason Bedrick

Learn everything you need to know about who’s challenging Arizona’s ESA program, the latest developments with petition signatures and what educational choice advocates can do next.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, July 2017

Need a record of July 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Why the Fuss Over School Choice and “Certified” Teachers is Overrated

Opponents of educational choice worry that empowering parents and students to attend private schools will lead to a Wild West of schools wrought with teachers who lack “certification,” a

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, June 2017

Need a record of June 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Protecting, Expanding Town Tuitioning

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 8 today, opening educational opportunities for families in small towns across the state.

North Carolina Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of New ESA for Students with Special Needs

The North Carolina legislature overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto to enact Senate Bill 257, a budget bill that includes additional funding for the state’s two school voucher programs as well as

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, May 2017

Need a record of May 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Understanding the New IES Report on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

This new study finds some negative results for voucher students in their first year in the program, but there’s much more to learn.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, April 2017

Need a record of April 2017’s state school choice happenings? Our brief roundup has you covered.

Continuing to Learn from School Choice in Washington D.C.

“There is no conclusive evidence that the [DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP)] affected student achievement.” This one statement, taken from a 214-page government report for which one of us

Has School Choice Become a Purple America Issue?

New Gallup poll finds bipartisan support for educational choice as part of President Trump’s agenda

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, March 2017

Need a record of March 2017 school choice happenings in the states? Our roundup has you covered.

What We Can Do About School Choice’s Supply-Side Problem

If you build it, they will come. A memorable line, a memorable scene. But what happens if you know they’ll come, and you just can’t get it built in

Expanding Educational Opportunity in the Granite State

Note: This post originally appeared on the School Choice New Hampshire blog. New Hampshire lawmakers are currently considering legislation to create an education savings account (ESA) program. ESAs allow

Missouri Bill Competes with Arkansas to Create Nation’s First Tax Credit-Funded ESAs

Learn everything you need to know about Missouri’s potential education savings accounts (ESAs) for nearly all K–12 students.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Alabama The Alabama Senate passed SB 123, a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh that would expand the tax credits available through the state’s Education Scholarship Program.

Ohio Education Savings Account Bill Expands Choice, Consolidates Programs

Learn everything you need to know about Ohio’s potential K–12 education savings accounts (ESAs), including what the polls say locals think about such reforms.

Study Finds Proposed Arkansas Universal ESA Likely to Save Money

Not only will the proposed Arkansas ESA help match more children with the right learning environment, but recent studies show the program is also a sound fiscal move for the state.

Georgia Bill Could Make Educational Choice Available to All

Learn everything you need to know about the state’s potential education savings accounts (ESAs) for all K–12 students.

Arizona bill seeks to make ESAs available to all by 2020

Learn everything you need to know about the state’s potential education savings account (ESA) expansion to all K–12 students.

Texas Bill Aims to Create State’s First Two School Choice Programs

Learn everything you need to know about the state’s potential education savings accounts (ESAs) for nearly all K–12 students.

New Hampshire bill could create education savings accounts for nearly all K–12 students

A few weeks ago, New Hampshire legislators introduced Education Freedom Savings Accounts in the Senate. The bill, if passed, would set up an education savings account (ESA) program that

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona SB 1431, a bill that would expand the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to near-universal eligibility, was introduced to the Arizona legislature last month. The bill was

The 2017 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

Do you know which states the EdChoice team thinks are most likely to succeed in 2017?

Arkansas introduces a universal tax credit-funded ESA bill, takes a huge step for students

Recent research also shows Arkansas private schools have thousands of open seats to fill

Why Milwaukee’s Voucher Program Isn’t the Litmus Test for School Choice Everywhere (Despite Its Positive Results)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a 25-year-old school voucher program (MPCP) restricted to low-income students, district-run chartered public schools and some privately funded vouchers. Because the MPCP is the oldest publicly

Milwaukee school vouchers to drive more than $499 million in socioeconomic benefits

New research estimates how much the city’s school choice program could save Wisconsin over the next two decades through lower crime rates and higher graduation rates.

BRIEF: School Choice in the States December 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Georgia Leslie Hiner worked with outside counsel and, on December 15, 2016, filed an amicus brief with the Georgia Supreme Court in support of the state’s

Nevada Teachers’ Union Poll Finds Support for Educational Choice

A Clark County voter poll commissioned by Nevada’s Clark County Education Association (CCEA), a local teachers’ union, and conducted by Quirk Global Strategies made the rounds in the news over

Exploring Arizona’s Private Schools After Nearly Two Decades of Educational Choice

New report finds Arizona private schools could increase student enrollment by 37 percent

BRIEF: School Choice in the States November 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION There are no state updates this month regarding school choice program legislation or litigation developments.   IN OTHER NEWS -Although news headlines have focused primarily on

The Next Accountability Series Roundup

  One of the most important questions in K–12 education is: Who should hold whom accountable for what, and how? Warring factions have been fighting over the answer for

Top 5 Ways the New White House Can Support School Choice for Families

  Although K–12 education didn’t feature heavily into the 2016 race for the White House, President-elect Donald Trump has not been shy about his support for school choice, even

BRIEF: School Choice in the States October 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Nevada In light of the Nevada Supreme Court’s Sept. 29 ruling that the legislature did not adequately appropriate funding for their best-in-the-nation education savings account (ESA)

BRIEF: School Choice in the States September 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Connecticut  In Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v Jodi M. Rell, the Superior Court in Hartford ruled, on September 7, that Connecticut’s school funding

BRIEF: School Choice in the States August 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION   Nevada – Michael Chartier @mchart1 It has been more than a month since the Nevada Supreme Court heard arguments in the Duncan v. State of Nevada

How Nevada Can Do Right by Students by Doing Right by Teachers

In two previous posts, I discussed the fiscal impact of Nevada’s education savings account (ESA) program and how it could help the state with its problem of rising pension

ESAs in Missouri: Designing What Works For Parents and the State Budget

This is the third in a three-part series that looks at education savings accounts in Missouri and how they could empower every family and improve student outcomes. As previously

ESAs in Missouri: Why Things Need To Change

This is the second in a three-part series that looks at education savings accounts in Missouri and how they could empower every family and improve student outcomes.   There

Top Findings From Arkansas Private School Survey

Arkansas is on its way to becoming a natural, actual, real, authentical educational choice lovin’ state. Just like Johnny Cash’s song character Joe Bean, I’ve never been to Arkansas.

Educational Choice and Bridging the Political Divide

Watch the liberal Dr. Steve Perry speak at the conservative ALEC annual meeting.

ESAs in Missouri: A “Barren” School Choice Landscape

This is the first in a three-part series that looks at education savings accounts in Missouri and how they could empower every family and improve student outcomes. Where Things

BRIEF: School Choice in the States July 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arkansas – Brittany Corona @BrittanyLCorona Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the state’s 2016–17 budget in June, which included funding for the Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, a

Nevada ESA Litigation: What You Need to Know

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

What School Choice Advocates Should Learn from the New Study of Ohio’s Vouchers

A recent study led by Northwestern economist David Figlio on Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program is a case of good news and bad news. To be sure, it provides

Friday Freakout: Three Reasons Opponents of Nevada’s ESAs Are Really, Really Wrong

Nearly 8,000 Nevada students have signed up for a program that would give them the power to use state funds to create an educational plan tailored for their individual

BRIEF: School Choice in the States June 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona – Michael Chartier @mchart1 The Arizona Auditor General released a performance audit on the nation’s first education savings accounts (ESAs): Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. The auditor’s main findings

BRIEF: School Choice in the States May 2016

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

JAMES G. BLAINE: Who was he, and how is he affecting children’s education today?

Maine legislator and presidential hopeful James G. Blaine (1830–1893) was a member of Congress in the mid- to late 1800s, a time when Catholic immigrants were flooding into the

BRIEF: School Choice in the States April 2016

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

BRIEF: 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

Explaining Virginia’s Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts (PCESA) Bill

After narrow defeat in 2015, Virginia may become the sixth state to adopt innovative education savings accounts (ESAs). The Virginia legislature passed a statewide ESA for students with special

Colorado Supreme Court Rules Douglas County Vouchers 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

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