Private Schools

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Law & Courts California COVID-19 Closures Infringed Private School Parents' Rights, Federal Court Rules
A federal appeals court holds that the state's closure rules for private schools were not narrowly tailored to serve compelling interests.
Mark Walsh, July 26, 2021
4 min read
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Education Funding Feds Set Limits on Which Private Schools Can Get COVID-19 Relief
The Education Department's rules deal with $2.75 billion in American Rescue Plan aid set aside for private schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 9, 2021
3 min read
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School Choice & Charters How the Pandemic Helped Fuel the Private School Choice Movement
State lawmakers got a new talking point as they pushed to create and expand programs to send students to private schools.
Evie Blad, July 2, 2021
8 min read
The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington on Nov. 6, 2020.
The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington on Nov. 6, 2020.
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Law & Courts Supreme Court to Weigh Maine's Exclusion of Religious Schools From 'Tuitioning' Program
The justices will decide whether a tuition aid program for towns without public high schools must include religious schools.
Mark Walsh, July 2, 2021
8 min read
President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Washington.
President Joe Biden speaks at the White House earlier this month.
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Education Funding Federal Rules in the Pipeline on COVID-19 Relief, Testing, Student Privacy
The Biden administration plans to issues rules governing coronavirus relief for homeless students and for private schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 22, 2021
4 min read
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praises his Democratic Caucus at a news conference just after the Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praises his Democratic Caucus at a news conference just after the Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021.
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Education Funding Reopening Plans, Private Schools, Special Education: Senate Puts Stamp on COVID-19 Bill
The revised COVID-19 relief bill provides more than $120 billion in direct K-12 public school aid and could reach President Biden quickly.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 8, 2021
5 min read
Law & Courts Court Backs Religious-School Student's Participation in Vermont Dual-Enrollment Program
A federal appeals court rules that recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions support the student's free exercise of religion claim.
Mark Walsh, January 15, 2021
4 min read
School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed

COVID-19 Rates Go Up Among Schoolchildren as Schools Reopen

October 7, 2020
8 min read
School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the week that you may have missed.
September 16, 2020
8 min read
School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
August 18, 2020
6 min read
Principal Jennifer Beller installs plastic dividers between computers this week in a kindergarten classroom at Saint Mary's School in Moscow, Idaho. The private Catholic school plans to open its building for classes on Sept. 2.
Principal Jennifer Beller installs plastic dividers between computers this week in a kindergarten classroom at Saint Mary's School in Moscow, Idaho. The private Catholic school plans to open its building for classes on Sept. 2.
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School Choice & Charters Private Schools Catch Parents’ Eye as Public School Buildings Stay Shut
The lure of in-person instruction is driving interest. But questions remain about capacity, access, and how the pandemic could affect private schools as well.
Evie Blad, August 6, 2020
9 min read
Parents at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, N.J., organized to raise money to reopen the elementary school last month, after it and seven other Roman Catholic schools in the Newark area were slated for permanent closure.
Parents at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, N.J., organized to raise money to reopen the elementary school last month, after it and seven other Roman Catholic schools in the Newark area were slated for permanent closure.
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School Choice & Charters Catholic School Closures Rise Amid COVID-19, Recession
Declining financial support and dwindling enrollment has already forced dozens of Roman Catholic schools to shut down permanently this spring, many of them in low-income communities.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 9, 2020
7 min read
School Choice & Charters Where Private Schools Stand on Coronavirus Closures
Some private schools in pockets of the country were not required to close until last week, and at least a few outliers remained open barring explicit orders to close.
Mark Walsh, March 22, 2020
4 min read
School Choice & Charters LGBTQ Issues Roil Florida School-Choice Debate
As lawmakers weigh expansion of the state’s voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs, some renew a push for anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students.
Evie Blad, March 3, 2020
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