Private Schools

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
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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
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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
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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
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School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
August 18, 2020
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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.
Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP
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
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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.
Courtesy of Kimberly Johnston
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
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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
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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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School Choice & Charters First Of His Kind
In 1976 Leonard Defiore became the first lay person to be named superintendent of schools for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Jeff Archer, January 28, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Two Catholic Schools Were Asked to Fire Gay Teachers. Here's What They Did
The Indianapolis archbishop has ordered Catholic high schools in the city to dismiss teachers who are married to someone of the same sex, or sever ties with the archdiocese.
Madeline Will, June 24, 2019
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School Choice & Charters Striking Teachers Are Targeting Charter Schools. But Are Charters Really a Threat?
Charter schools educate only about 7 percent of all public school students. But in some cities, charter schools have made significant inroads.
Arianna Prothero, February 25, 2019
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School Choice & Charters N.Y. Private Schools Didn't Have to Report Abuse to Police. A New Law Changes That.
Private schools in New York soon will be required to report suspected sexual abuse of students in their schools to law enforcement, bringing the independent schools under the same rules as public schools.
Arianna Prothero, December 27, 2018
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Federal Can A Private School Receiving Voucher Money Ban a Student Over Dreadlocks?
The ACLU and NAACP have filed formal civil rights complaints against the school for its dress code policies, another case that highlights the blurring lines in public oversight for private schools that accept state aid in the form of vouchers.
Arianna Prothero, November 30, 2018
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