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Robust School Choice is the Path to Graduation
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Robust School Choice is the Path to Graduation

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has released information on graduation rate by state. This year, states used common measurements, making these comparisons possible.  "By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement Monday.

11/29/2012
Georgia - Ballot Initiative 1 and School Choice
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Georgia - Ballot Initiative 1 and School Choice

There are a lot of mixed messages surrounding the charter school amendment Georgians will see when they go to the voting booth on November 6th.  Supporters of the proposal say it will ensure that parents have more of a choice in their child’s education. 

11/05/2012
Parents Choose Charter School after successful execution of parent trigger
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Parents Choose Charter School after successful execution of parent trigger

After successfully executing the parent trigger option at Desert Trails Elementary school in Adelanto, California, and the protracted legal battle which followed, parents have selected a charter school to take over the failing public school.

10/25/2012
Progress for School Choice in New Jersey
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Progress for School Choice in New Jersey

Last night, school choice was the topic of discussion at a Delaware Valley High School Board of Education meeting in New Jersey. On the agenda was the possibility of accepting students in the the state’s school choice program. If Delaware Valley does accept state-funded choice students, they would be the third high school in the county to do so. 

10/24/2012
Progress for School Choice in Pennsylania
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Progress for School Choice in Pennsylania

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania state senate to approve reforms for Pennsylvania charter schools. These reforms included educational and financial accountability reforms, but removed language from the bill which would add additional powers to the state board which oversees charter schools. The bill also fails to deal with the funding formula for charter schools. However, it is still a great step forward for school choice. 

10/18/2012
Parent Trigger Law Successfully Invoked in California
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Parent Trigger Law Successfully Invoked in California

In the Adelanto Elementary School District, a school choice battle is underway. Although parents successfully executed the parent trigger option to transforming failing Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school. The school board took this decision to court, and a judge upheld the rights of the parents. The school board, however, refused to comply.

10/16/2012
School Choice in Court in Louisiana
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School Choice in Court in Louisiana

In April of this year, Louisiana lawmakers passed two education bills which included enormous progress for school choice in that state. These bills established the largest voucher program in the country, curtailed teacher tenure, expanded charter schools, and tied educator pay and job security to student performance, allowing over 400,000 children new choice in education. 

10/15/2012
School Choice: Tax Credits and Magnet Schools
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School Choice: Tax Credits and Magnet Schools

We hear the term “school choice” quite a lot and, with Hollywood shining a spotlight on the issue with new film Won't Back Down, we are bound to hear even more in the coming weeks. However, "school choice" is a blanket term that can mean a variety of different things. In my last piece, we looked at charter schools, open enrollment, and school vouchers and how they are helping children succeed.

09/27/2012
School Choice Works- In Many Different Forms
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School Choice Works- In Many Different Forms

There has been a lot in the news lately about school choice, but those words, "school choice" can mean many different things. Let’s take a look at some of the different forms school choice can take, and how they have worked for American children.

09/27/2012
Progress for Educational Reform in Maine
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Progress for Educational Reform in Maine

In the last legislative session, Maine Governor Paul LePage pushed education reform changes to help kids in his state. His agenda included tougher teacher and principal evaluations, and the switch to a proficiency-based high school diploma. The legislature did not, however, pass school choice legislation. Yesterday, a school choice work group in Maine met for the first time to determine if and how school choice will be implemented in Maine. 

09/20/2012

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