School Choice Weekly

Kansas to Join Choice States

School Choice Weekly #32 Like Indiana and North Carolina before it, Kansas seems set to pass a number of freedom-friendly education reforms at once. In the state budget that now sits on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk is the state’s first school choice program and a provision eliminating tenure for school employees. The choice program gives businesses state tax credits worth 70 percent of their donations to nonprofit organizations that fund K–12 private school scholarships, up to a cumulative $10...

School Choice 2.0 Set to Spread

School Choice Weekly #31 Arizona’s supreme court allowed education savings accounts to flourish in the state last Friday by refusing to review a lower court’s decision in the matter. Four bills now in the legislature to expand the program have just gotten a push, and so have efforts to expand the idea everywhere. Education savings accounts (ESAs) add extra juicy goodness to the voucher concept by giving parents even more control over their children’s education tax dollars. Instead of letting...

New Evidence Common Core Was a Waste

School Choice Weekly #30 A new set of data analyses provides more evidence Common Core is likely a massive waste of time and money. Here’s the conclusion of the Common Core portion of the Brookings Institution’s 2014 Brown Center report: It is doubtful that even the most ardent Common Core supporter will be satisfied if the best CCSS can offer--after all of the debate, the costs in tax revenue, and blood, sweat, and tears going into implementation--is a three point NAEP gain. The 2012 Brown...

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