Tax Credit Scholarships
Law & Courts U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Prohibition on Tax-Credit Scholarships for Religious Schools
The 5-4 decision involving a dispute in Montana appears to cast doubt on as many as 30 state constitutions that bar aid to religious schools.
School Choice & Charters What the Research Says What Happened to Students Left Behind as Florida Expanded Its Voucher Program?
The nation's largest tax-credit scholarship program doesn't seem to have hurt the academics of students who remain in public schools, a new study shows.
School Choice & Charters Private School Choice Programs Fall Short on Transparency, Accountability
Education Week finds that few of the nearly 30 states with programs that pay tuition at private schools or tax-credits to incentivize businesses and individuals to do so require private schools to follow standard policies used to ensure transparency and accountability in the nation’s public schools.
Law & Courts High Court Leans Toward Support for Religious Schools
In a case from Montana, conservative justices suggested they were inclined to rule for parents who seek to reinstate a state tax credit funding scholarships for use at religious schools.
School Choice & Charters Betsy DeVos Tests a Rhetorical Twist on 'School Choice'
The education secretary has been pushing the theme of "educational freedom," a rebranding that suggests options like mixing and matching components to build an educational experience from scratch.
Law & Courts High Court Case Tests Religious Schools' Use of Tax-Credit Scholarships
A national debate over whether public funds may go to faith-based schools is high on the list of cases before the Supreme Court in the coming term, stemming from a dispute in Montana.
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.
Federal Who Benefits From Tax Breaks for Private School Scholarships? A New GAO Report Breaks It Down
Tax-credit scholarship programs, the lesser-known cousin to school vouchers and another school choice policy promoted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, are the subject of a new Government Accountability Office report.
School Choice & Charters How a Trump Administration Tax Rule Could Hurt School Vouchers
Private school choice advocates are worried that tax-credit scholarship programs are getting swept into a crackdown by the Trump Administration on blue states trying to circumvent parts of the new GOP tax law.
Federal Want to Become an Education 'Reformer'? There Are Online Courses for That
A number of free, online courses are offered to help local advocates and lawmakers get steeped in education policy and related issues with the goal of more effectively pushing for changes to public schools, such as expanding choice or stricter accountability for teachers.
School Choice & Charters How DeVos, Trump, and Midterm Elections May Affect New School Choice Laws
Midterm elections—not necessarily U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump—are likely to have the most impact on efforts to expand school choice in the states in 2018, advocates say.
School Choice & Charters School Voucher Programs Leave Parents in the Dark on Disability Rights, Feds Say
The vast majority of families using private school vouchers for children with disabilities are participating in programs that provide inaccurate or no information at all on the federal protections they are giving up, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
School & District Management 'Precious Little Evidence' That Vouchers Improve Achievement, Recent Research Finds
Several new studies on large-scale voucher programs has complicated debates recently over private school choice—policies which allow families to use public money or aid to attend private schools, including religious ones.