School Choice Weekly

PARCC Sings Its Swan Song

School Choice Weekly #96 Arkansas and New York have officially dropped national Common Core tests, bringing total membership in the federally funded PARCC testing organization to just seven, of an initial 25. Three of the remaining seven are showing signs they might leave, too, with furor especially growing in Massachusetts. What does this mean? Common Core’s big promise of a consistent nationwide academic measuring stick is dead. There are two national Common Core testing groups. Smarter...

NCLB Rewrites to Hit Congress Again

School Choice Weekly #95 The U.S. House and Senate are scheduled to take up separate bills that would rewrite the largest federal education law, No Child Left Behind. The bill most likely to pass, albeit in a flurry of amendments that could significantly change the final product, is the bipartisan Senate version. No surprise, then, that it’s the worse of the two bills (although both reinforce federal micromanagement in education). Jane Robbins and Heidi Huber explain some of the many...

Colorado Vouchers May Hit U.S. Supreme Court

School Choice Weekly #94 The nation’s first school-district-run voucher program, in Douglas County, Colorado, has been struck down by the state supreme court because it sends some money to religious schools. Colorado, like 36 other states, includes in its constitution a century-and-a-half-old anti-Catholic provision that forbids tax dollars from going to “sectarian” institutions “to keep taxpayers from supporting Catholic schools in addition to the public schools, which were generically...

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