Alabama: More than 50 students take advantage of the new accountability law which allows students to access scholarships to attend private schools (WSFA).
Arizona: The BASIS Tucson North charter school is one of the best schools in the U.S. and the world (Education Next).
Colorado: Candidates for an open seat on the Denver school board debate last week, with one arguing that school choice harms public schools and the other saying public schools need to have the same freedoms as schools of choice (Ed News Colorado). More than 300 people protested against Douglas County school board policies including teacher evaluations and vouchers (Denver Post).
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott presents Shine Awards for excellent teaching to several private school teachers and principals, including individuals representing schools accepting Step Up For Students tax credit scholarships (Gov. Scott press release). (Step Up co-hosts this blog.)
Georgia: The Georgia Supreme Court rules charter schools do not have to help pay off district schools accumulated pension debt (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Idaho: Terry Ryan, head of the Idaho Charter School Network, wants to make Idaho the leader of rural charter school education (Idaho Press).
Indiana: A new law prohibits school districts from turning away transfer students for any reason other than capacity. As a result of not being allowed to “cherry-pick” students, some school districts are halting their open enrollment policy (Associated Press). Indiana’s voucher program received 20,000 applications from prospective students (Indiana Public Media). State Sen. Vaneta Becker blames school choice as one of the causes for rural county budget problems (Tri State Media). Continue Reading →