This week in school choice: A legacy of opportunity

Travis Pillow
It is the only program in America where the federal government allows low-income families to choose the schools that are best for their kids,” Boehner said.
“The program has truly made a difference,” he added. “All told, some 6,100 students have gone to better schools using these scholarships. Last spring, 90 percent of 12th graders in the program graduated. That’s much higher than the city’s average graduation rate.”
The House legislation, which passed 240-191 on Wednesday, faces long odds in the Senate. And the Obama administration has expressed opposition to the bill, though it has not pledged to veto it.

Meanwhile…

The debate over school choice regulation continues, here and here.

Tennessee’s state charter school board grants its first appeal, to KIPP Nashville. The appeals had faced concerted opposition from anti-charter groups.

New controversies emerge over Success Academy’s discipline practices, as the network responds to a critical PBS NewsHour piece, which has since been “clarified.

How American cities short-change black students.

Reformers do well in elections for Louisiana’s state board of education.

Pennsylvania funds charter schools with gambling revenue earmarked for education.

Quote of the week

“This issue is personal to me, and it has been for a long time. But frankly, it ought to be personal to everyone in this chamber. Those of us who work here, who make a good living here, owe something to the kids in this city. We owe the kids in this city a chance—a fighting chance.”

-Boehner, on the DC voucher program.

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