Marilyn Johnson couldn’t afford to put her son, Marshall, in a private school. She also said she couldn’t afford not to.
“I had researched the inner-city school system, and I knew they wouldn’t be a fit for my son,” Johnson said. “That’s when MOST came in.”
Johnson, who lives in Shelby County, Tennessee, found her opportunity through the Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST), funded by private philanthropists.
Tennessee has considered replicating the program at the state level.
Try Again Another Day The state Senate recently passed a bill offering 5,000 low-income students in the state’s lowest-performing schools a scholarship, allowing them to attend a private school of their choice. The bill stalled in the House, so Tennesseans will likely have to wait till next year to see if lawmakers will pass the bill again.
“We feel like it’s a little bit small, but it’s a step towards helping more kids, and it’s hard to argue when you’re taking the poorest kids going to the poorest...
Despite massive increases in public education funding, student performance has either remained constant or declined nationwide. Mississippi is no different.
A study by the Cato Institute’s Andrew J. Coulson, director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom, analyzed data collected since 1972 for per-pupil spending and student performance using state SAT score averages adjusted for participation rates and student demographics.
Mississippi education spending has risen...
When Daniel Bradley found out last year that his five school-aged children would be eligible for the statewide school choice program, he had no idea how much of an impact it would have on his family. The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program was created by Gov. Scott Walker in time for the 2013-14 school year and, according to Bradley, “Has been a blessing, it’s a gift from God.”
For 13 years, Bradley has worked for the Frito-Lay company in Beloit as a forklift operator and his wife is in school...