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Study Shows Black Parents Support School Choice
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Study Shows Black Parents Support School Choice

America prides itself on being a society in which all are created equal. A country in which we are, as Martin Luther King, Jr. had hoped, people who are not “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Still, though, there is one major frontier in which all is not equal, and that is in education. Public education in America is such that, in many instances, the quality of a child’s education is determined by where that child lives.

07/24/2013
Georgia Takes Back Some Academic Freedom
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Georgia Takes Back Some Academic Freedom

In Georgia, academic freedom is a mixed bag. Legislators in that state have accepted Common Core standards, which gives the federal government unprecedented control over testing standards in individual states. As one of 22 states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,  they handed over some of their local control to federal overseers. However, Georgia took steps this week to maintain some level autonomy. 

07/23/2013
Common Core Battle Flares in Michigan
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Common Core Battle Flares in Michigan

Today, the fight on Common Core heated up with the first hearing on the topic in Michigan. On one hand is the more liberal wing of the legislature which feels that the Common Core standards would set a high bar for academic achievement across the country.

07/16/2013
Jeb Bush and the Common Core Money Trail
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Jeb Bush and the Common Core Money Trail

Florida is known for having great options when it comes to school choice and, in some ways, that remains true. After all, Florida provides many options for families in public, private, and online education, which is far more than a lot of states provide. However, all is not as it seems in Florida.  

06/19/2013
Common Core - Resources and Information from the Experts
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Common Core - Resources and Information from the Experts

The state of our nation's education and the standards by which both students and educators are held should be of importance to all of us.  Common Core State Standards are national math and language arts standards that are being implemented across the country despite pushback from legislators, teachers and parents.

06/11/2013
Another Reason to Love Texas- Education Reform
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Another Reason to Love Texas- Education Reform

Just in case you needed another reason to love Texas, Governor Rick Perry has given us one. Yesterday, Perry signed education reforms into law which will shake up graduation requirements and put less emphasis on testing. By signing House Bills 5, 809, 842, and 3662, as well as Senate Bill 441, Perry achieved a significant overhaul of public education. 

06/11/2013
School Choice Hits Delaware
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School Choice Hits Delaware

School choice is sweeping the nation, and Delaware is up next! Today, Delaware Governor Jack Markell will be signing education reform into law to open up better educational opportunities for children in that state. 

06/03/2013
Principal Ousted by Parents in California
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Principal Ousted by Parents in California

Across America, Parent Trigger laws are being invoked to make changes in failing schools. In some cases, schools are transformed from traditional public schools and, in others, they are used to replace administration officials impeding the success of students.

05/31/2013
Educational Tax Credit Bill Proposed in Washington State
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Educational Tax Credit Bill Proposed in Washington State

On May 21, Washington Rep. Liz Pike introduced House Bill 2063, which would open up educational opportunities for children in her state. This bill would establish educational tax credits allowing Washington’s children to have access to more educational choices. Washington currently has very few options for school choice, and if passed, this would be a huge boost for education reform there. 

05/30/2013
Louisiana Supreme Court Issues Ruling That Is a Setback for School Choice
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Louisiana Supreme Court Issues Ruling That Is a Setback for School Choice

School choice received a blow in Louisiana today when the Supreme Court deemed funding for vouchers unconstitutional. Last April, Governor Bobby Jindal expanded school choice, including scholarships offered for up to 5,600 students for the current school year. More than 10,000 students applied for 5,600 spots in private and religious schools this year, and were selected by a lottery. The program was set to be expanded next year with nearly 8,000 students approved for vouchers with more scholarships expected to be approved in June.

05/07/2013

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