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Voucher plan changes: Is it politics or progress?;
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Voucher plan changes: Is it politics or progress?;

BY MARILYN BROWN

TAMPA - Florida's voucher program remains alive but is facing changes after school grades improve. America's only statewide school voucher program, once either feared or hoped to encompass hundreds of schools, is changing fast. Because Florida's annual report card flunked no schools this year, Gov. Jeb Bush's voucher program remains stalled at 51 students from two Escambia County schools who are using public money to pay private school tuition.

05/31/2001
Congress's Virtual School Reform
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Congress's Virtual School Reform

As published in The New York Times, May 18, 2001 The Senate will soon complete work on President Bush's education bill, just as the House begins to consider amendments to it. Without some fundamental changes, however, this once bold plan is scarcely worth enacting.

05/18/2001
Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby for More School Choice at CSE Day in Salem
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Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby for More School Choice at CSE Day in Salem

Salem, OR - More than 200 Oregon CSE activists traveled from across the state to Salem to lobby their legislators in support of more school choice. In particular, they urged policymakers to support revisions to strengthen the state’s charter school law, as well as to support the Oregon School Accountability Enhancement Act, which would give local school districts the flexibility to opt out of the state’s current “one-size-fits-all” accountability system and choose another nationally recognized test.

04/24/2001
Parents Need to Lead Children Into Education That Works
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Parents Need to Lead Children Into Education That Works

I was in a hotel restaurant recently and asked the waitress if she had children. Yes, she said, she was a divorced mother of three. Then I asked her if she was in control of her children's education. She said she was. "Did you pick the schools they go to?" I asked. "Did you approve the curriculum they're learning?" "Heck, no," she said. "I can't even talk to who's teaching them."

04/23/2001
House Approves Voucher Plan
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House Approves Voucher Plan

BY Charles Savage

The Florida House of Representatives approved a proposal by two Miami lawmakers Thursday that would offer $3,000 vouchers for private school tuition to students attending overcrowded public schools. But two days of sound and fury about whether Republicans or Democrats care more for "the children" leading up to the 63-54 vote, mostly along party lines, signified next to nothing: Its companion bill is already all but dead in the Senate Education Committee at the hands of chairman Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie.

03/23/2001
Capitol Comment 292 - Evidence Shows School Choice Works
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Capitol Comment 292 - Evidence Shows School Choice Works

Schools ought to be more accountable for students’ educational achievement. To that end, President Bush’s education plan proposes to make accountability enforceable: If a school fails to make progress in educating disadvantaged students for three years, parents of these students could use federal Title I funds to move their children to an alternative public or private school.

03/21/2001
Florida CSE Activists Storm the State House to Demand School Choice
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Florida CSE Activists Storm the State House to Demand School Choice

Nearly 250 of Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy’s activists lobbied their state representatives to demand support for H.B. 303 and S.B. 504. This legislation applies to parents of students attending schools at over 120 percent capacity. Parents would be allowed to take part of the tax dollars spent on their child and use it at another public or private school. Activists also urged support for separate legislation to allow a tax credit for businesses that contribute to private scholarships, thereby making school choice available to even more parents.

03/21/2001
Activist Handbook 2000: School Choice
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Activist Handbook 2000: School Choice

School Choice Why CSE Cares The Issue:

07/26/2000
Hundreds of CSE Activists Rally For School Choice
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Hundreds of CSE Activists Rally For School Choice

“Only CSE can fill a room with this many people.” – Florida State Representative Fred Brummer

07/19/2000
Highest SAT Scores Ever for Alabama Students
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Highest SAT Scores Ever for Alabama Students

BY Bill Poovey

Alabama student scores on the Stanford Achievement Test matched or exceeded the national average in every grade tested for the first time, but six poorly performing public schools are headed for state intervention. About 463,000 students in grades 3-11 took the Stanford 9, with the scores released Thursday being used for the fifth straight year to measure the academic performance of their schools and school systems.

06/22/2000

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