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Louisiana Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Block Statewide Voucher Program

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 03:12 PM | Louisiana

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an injunction request aimed at stopping the statewide school voucher program, the latest in a number of recent legal actions in favor of expanded educational opportunities for families.

AFC Reaffirms Commitment to School Choice Champions Following Primary Results

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM | Wisconsin

The American Federation for Children—the nation’s voice for school choice—today reaffirmed its support for legislators and candidates across Wisconsin who favor expanded educational options for families, following disappointing primary results last night.

Alliance for School Choice Establishes Legal Defense Fund For Louisiana Private Schools Accepting Scholarship Students

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 08:58 PM | Louisiana

The Alliance for School Choice and the Institute for Justice today announced the creation of the Louisiana Defense Fund in response to a letter last week from the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) that threatened to sue private schools that participate in the state’s newly expanded school choice program.

Current and Former Athletes Come Together In Support of School Choice

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM | National

Dozens of current and former athletes, education reformers, and entertainers joined together prior to the 2012 ESPY Awards earlier this week to participate in a first-of-its-kind discussion about the importance of school choice and education reform to low-income communities nationwide.

Louisiana Statewide Voucher Program Receives More Than 10,300 Applications in First Year of Expansion

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 02:21 PM | Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced that the state’s newly-expanded voucher program received more than 10,300 applications during the month-long application period for the statewide program, marking one of the largest single-year application increases ever for a voucher program.

How Democrats are changing course on school choice

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 06:11 PM | New Jersey

The issue of scholarships for urban kids to attend nonpublic schools is coming to a head in the Legislature. The governor has made the Opportunity Scholarship Act a priority. Moreover, the debate on this topic has shifted within the Democratic Party.
It used to be that school choice was taboo among Democrats. But many key party members have come to see school choice as a civil rights issue. If rich white kids can go to the school that best fits them, why can’t we provide the same opportunity to poor minority kids?
The issue of scholarships for urban kids to attend nonpublic schools is coming to a head in the Legislature. The governor has made the Opportunity Scholarship Act a priority. Moreover, the debate on this topic has shifted within the Democratic Party.It used to be that school choice was taboo among Democrats. But many key party members have come to see school choice as a civil rights issue. If rich white kids can go to the school that best fits them, why can’t we provide the same opportunity to poor minority kids?

Reuters’ Hit Piece On Louisiana’s Education Reform Is A Flop

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 09:24 PM

In a June 1, 2012 Reuters article, “Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize education,” author Stephanie Simon unfairly critiques the state’s newly expanded voucher program, thereby missing the mark as to what the program truly does—educate the most disadvantaged children all across Louisiana.

Kevin P. Chavous Letter to the Boston Globe

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM | National

The Globe’s June 2 editorial “ Romney’s education plan offers serious, debate-worthy proposals” strongly mischaracterized current voucher programs in Milwaukee and Washington, D.C., as yielding “unimpressive results.” The evidence of success of these programs can be clearly seen in the graduation rates of participating students.

Ohio Legislature Passes Expansion of Cleveland Voucher Program

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM | Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Representative Bill Patmon today announced that among the provisions included in House Bill 487, the mid-biennium budget review bill, was an amendment that eliminates the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program parental co-payment for families residing within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

ALLISON: Right to a quality education isn't 'nonsense'

Posted on June 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM | North Carolina

The Citizen-Times’ May 25 editorial titled “Assembly hits our public schools again’’ described a measure that would help low-income Asheville parents like Tangela Harper as “nonsense.” Tangela is a working mom currently looking for an alternative education for her son but has not been able to find an affordable option that meets his needs.