School Choice Tag

DeVos ❤️ School Choice, but No Love for Choice in State Plans

Alyson Klein asks, has U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos being “a big cheerleader for school choice,” and the fact that some states have been “adopting tax-credit scholarships, education savings accounts,” and more, “translated into a big bonanza for school choice” in state ESSA plans?...

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School Choice Getting “Short Shrift” in State Plans?

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that while school choice may be “having a big moment in K-12 policy,” you would “never know it from reading” state ESSA plans. An Education Week review of all state plans reveals “that few are taking advantage of the...

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WI Submits its ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

Wisconsin submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “over objections from Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that it didn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding taxpayer-funded private school choice programs.”

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RealClearEd Examines DeVos’ Reaction to States ESSA Plan

RealClearEducation examined how U.S. Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is “encouraged” to see states expand school choice under ESSA. The piece identifies local efforts in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida. In a statement to RealClearEducation, DeVos was pleased “to see so many states pass pro-student and...

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DeVos Discusses Title I Funding and School Choice

Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos testified before Congress on the Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposal. During the hearing, DeVos discussed Title I funding and school choice, and underscored her belief in local control. She stressed that she “believes states should continue to have flexibility in...

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Charter School Efforts Not Mention in Most State ESSA Plans

Education Week finds that few state ESSA plans are mentioning charter school efforts. Jennifer Thomsen, the author and director of the Education Commission of the States Knowledge and Research Center, argued that, “what we’re really seeing in most of the accountability sections is that district...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Discusses ESSA Opportunities

Senate Education Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) discussed the opportunities ESSA brings for charter schools. According to Alexander, the bill included “improvements to ensure that those federal funds are used as effectively as possible to increase the number of high-quality charter schools.”

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MD Legislature Overrules Gov. Hogan’s Veto

The Maryland Legislature overruled Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that “would limit the state’s use of charter operators and vouchers to improve low-performing schools” under the state’s ESSA plan. The bill received support from the teacher’s union who argued it “was meant to...

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Foundation for Excellence in Education Releases ESSA Innovation Playbook

The Foundation for Excellence in Education released an ESSA Innovation Playbook designed to “help state policymakers navigate and identify provisions within ESSA” to “advance state priorities including school choice, digital learning, course access and competency-based education.” The playbook outlines six provisions to support local innovation...

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