Tax Credit Scholarships

School Choice & Charters Video Private School Choice: A Video Explainer
We're tracking the proliferation of school choice policies around the country. Here's how to get up to speed.
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School Choice & Charters Tracker Which States Have Private School Choice?
Education savings accounts, voucher, and tax-credit scholarships are growing. This tracker keeps tabs on them so you don't have to.
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School Choice & Charters As Private School Choice Grows, Critics Push for More Guardrails
Calls are growing for more scrutiny over where state funds for private school choice go and how students are faring in the classroom.
Mark Lieberman, January 16, 2024
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Karl, age 5, stands with his dad, Patrick Bittorf, on Nov. 10, 2023, as they join faculty members, students, parents and supporters at a news conference at Chicago Hope Academy to try to save the Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program.
Karl, age 5, stands with his dad, Patrick Bittorf, on Nov. 10, 2023, as they join faculty members, students, parents, and supporters at a news conference at Chicago Hope Academy to try to save the Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program.
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School Choice & Charters Families Lament, Public School Advocates Celebrate End of Controversial Scholarship Tax Credit
The Illinois program prompted fierce debate over the merits of what some equate to a politically volatile school choice voucher program.
Jeremy Gorner, Dan Petrella, and Alysa Guffey, Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2023
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School Choice & Charters 6 More States Will Soon Let Almost All Students Attend Private School With Public Money
So far this year, 14 states passed laws and lawmakers in 42 states introduced bills to expand private school choice.
Libby Stanford, June 15, 2023
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School Choice & Charters GOP Lawmakers Tout Choice as a Way Out of Failing Schools
Republicans in the U.S. House are using their majority to push for policies that would send public funds to private schools.
Libby Stanford, April 18, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Q&A Voucher Programs Gain Strength With Help From the Courts, An Expert Says
A school choice expert explains how recent rulings could prevent future voucher programs from getting blocked by opponents.
Mark Lieberman, December 22, 2022
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School Choice & Charters Mich. Public School Advocates Launch Effort to Stop DeVos-Backed Proposal
The former secretary of education is backing an initiative that advocates say would create an unconstitutional voucher system.
Samuel J. Robinson, mlive.com, March 17, 2022
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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington.
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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.
Mark Walsh, June 30, 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 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.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 3, 2020
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School Choice & Charters From Our Research Center 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.
Arianna Prothero & Alex Harwin, February 28, 2020
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Protesters from eight local schools attend a demonstration organized by the Institute for Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington during oral arguments in a case over tax-credit scholarships.
Protesters from eight local schools attend a demonstration organized by the Institute for Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington during oral arguments in a case over tax-credit scholarships.
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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.
Mark Walsh, February 11, 2020
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tours the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich., during a back-to-school tour of six states that also included visits to charter schools, traditional public schools, and faith-based schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tours the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich., during a back-to-school tour of six states that also included visits to charter schools, traditional public schools, and faith-based schools.
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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.
Evie Blad, October 1, 2019
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