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Texas GOP Adds School Choice to Platform, Some Lawmakers Resistant

The Texas Republican Party added support for private school choice to its platform after several legislative sessions in which Republican leaders refused to advance school choice bills. The new platform says the Texas Republican Party advocates policies that “allow maximum freedom of choice in public, private, or parochial education for all children.” The platform also denounces government regulation of private schools. “Texas children can be forgotten in arguments over budgets and funding...

North Carolina Lawmakers Allow Waiting Kids to Enter Choice Program

When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer. Waiting for the initial school choice law to pass last year was a nailbiter, said Kena Cooper, and waiting to see whether her son Keenan—one of 4,200 qualified applicants in a lottery for about 2,400 seats—received a scholarship was “nerve-wracking.” She wasn’t done praying when he was awarded his scholarship. “I was like, ‘God, I thank...

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