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Teachers Union Sues to Stop Florida Choice Expansion

A lawsuit from a Florida union would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs. The lawsuit would also wipe out the state’s new education savings account program and an expansion to the tax-credit scholarship program. The Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs argue lawmakers did not follow proper procedure in passing a new school choice law this year, but does not claim that the...

Obama Administration: More Federal Involvement Can Improve Teacher Quality

In the wake of a California court decision finding union rules send the worst teachers to the neediest students, the Obama administration has released a plan attempting to solve that problem, but without demanding an end to teacher tenure. In its “Excellent Teachers For All” initiative, embedded within waivers of the federal No Child Left Behind law, the Obama administration is requiring states to regularly report on their plans to get better teachers into low-income schools. The initiative is...

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