IN Voucher Enrollment Spikes, Second Round of LA Course Choice, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup

IN Voucher Enrollment Spikes, Second Round of LA Course Choice, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
October 11, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

INDIANA: Explosive growth in the state's voucher program makes it a contender for largest in the country next year. 

LOUISIANA: The state releases its second request for independent providers of mini-voucher classes, called Course Choice. 

BULLYING: A new study finds anti-bullying laws and programs are likely to increase bullying.

ARIZONA: What parents think of their voucher-like education savings accounts.

NEW YORK CITY: Seventeen thousand parents and teachers march to support charter schools, concerned the likely next mayor will stand in their way. 

CONNECTICUT: View a database of teacher and administrator union contracts, which allows for comparisons. 

TEXAS: A new preschool program rolls out in San Antonio, and it has some 4-year-olds spending 12 hour days in a center. 

NEW YORK: A member of a state education reform commission may again sue the state to make it spend more on education. New York typically spends the most on K-12 in the country, at upwards of $19,000 per child.


Thursday's ed news

NEW YORK: It's likely hundreds of teachers will appeal their ratings on a new evaluation system, says a union leader. 

MASSACHUSETTS: The governor frees up money to provide 3,000 more preschool vouchers for poor kids. 

COLORADO: A suburban school district raises parents' and legal concerns by enrolling all its children in a centralized data system called inBloom

OHIO: The House Education Committee chairman says Common Core opposition "makes no sense" and is a "conspiracy theory." 

ILLINOIS: The state superintendent refuses to release results of a publicly funded parent poll about public schools. 

FLORIDA: The state's virtual school has seen a 32 percent enrollment drop this year, thanks to a new law rearranging funding.

WASHINGTON: Twenty-five thousand teachers in the state earn more than the national teacher of the year, just because he's young. 

MASSACHUSETTS: Boston bus drivers went on strike Tuesday morning, with no warning to families. Today, they're back to work

DC: Nearly all public and charter schools will participate in the same enrollment lottery next year. 

COMMON CORE: The Business Roundtable wants to establish a vetting panel to determine what school materials are and are not Common Core-compliant. 


Wednesday's ed news 

IOWA: A majority of those polled support bringing vouchers to the state.

FLORIDA: A lawmaker introduces a bill to prevent schools from storing kids’ biometric data like fingerprints, blood type, and retina scans.

IDAHO: The state’s largest online charter school outsourced essay grading to India.

RESPONSIBILITY: How school choice empowers poor parents.

INDIANA: Fifteen school districts join the state in suing to stop ObamaCare.

UNIONS: What a look at the finances of the nation’s second-largest teachers union reveals.

CITIES: How vouchers can help the poor and save underwater cities money.

NEW YORK CITY: How the mayoral race will affect school choice.

EDTECH: Why school districts routinely make bad curriculum and technology purchases.

UTAH: In the past five years, the state saw an increase of students but didn’t spend much more education money. 


Tuesday's ed news

NEW JERSEY: On the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Christie tells a Jewish audience of his support for vouchers

LOUISIANA: A teachers union complains when a local school board takes out an ad naming the district's more than 1,000 teachers rated "highly effective." 

TEXAS: The state is one of few with rising K-12 enrollment, and it has responded by hiring more teachers. 

NEW YORK: The number of teachers and administrators earning a six-figure salary has climbed 40 percent in the past five years, despite layoffs.

INDIANA: Taxpayers are spending millions on AP tests most kids fail. 

CALIFORNIA: About 250,000 kids need glasses for school but don't have them, and a nonprofit is working to get them glasses for free. 

KENTUCKY: The state is teaching parents how to engage in their kids' schools, using a combination of federal and state tax dollars. 


Monday's ed news

WISCONSIN: The state's first Common Core hearing has a state senator telling the packed audience they're "crazy" and wasting time. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Meet the families who are receiving one of the state's brand-new education tax credit scholarships. 

CREDENTIALS: Teacher pay bumps for useless master's degrees are coming under fire nationwide. 

LITERATURE: Reading classic fiction boosts people's social skills and empathy, a new study finds. 

MISSOURI: A couple offers $1 million to the first school district to earn a nationwide Baldridge award. 


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)