Crystal Fox of Tempe, Arizona tried to keep her two special-needs children in public schools. Fox believes in public education and giving kids similar experiences to other people they’ll interact with as adults, she said. But it just wasn’t working for her kids. Her daughter Tia, 11, has severe autism, and her son, Austin, 18, has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Austin wanted to be home schooled. “I remember in eighth grade, thinking ‘This is the first year he didn’t cry going to school,’” Fox said. “He hated it. He was bullied.”
Austin eventually left public school after 10th grade. Arizona offers education savings accounts (ESAs) to special-needs children like Austin. They allowed him and his mother to find him a private school where kids didn’t pick on him.
“Austin was ready to drop out. He couldn’t do it anymore,” Fox said.
Because of kids like Austin, Arizona subsequently expanded its ESAs to low-income kids, foster kids, and military kids. Now, Missouri and Mississippi are both considering...
Among the few cuts inside latest budget proposal from the Obama administration is the DC vouchers program. Given President Obama's recent focus on helping needy young black men succeed, he should instead expand vouchers, if anything, says Patrick Wolf.
Wolf is a professor in the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas, and he has done several studies of voucher programs in general and the DC program in particular. His research uncovers that vouchers are among the best of...
Wednesday's ed news
IDAHO: The House has passed tax-credit scholarship legislation.
NEW YORK: The state should drop student data-collection service inBloom, says a panel the governor appointed.
WASHINGTON: The state rushes to obey Uncle Sam so it can keep getting federal education money.
SCHOOL LUNCH: A GAO report confirms Michelle Obama’s changes to school lunches are causing higher costs, more waste, and other headaches.
ALABAMA: A bill would let school districts opt out of Common...