Posts Tagged:school choice

Republicans Want Parents’ Rights in Education to be a National Priority

Nationwide battles continue over kids in the classroom between parents, teachers and school boards, over mask mandates and curriculum. Republicans are demanding more parental rights, as they see these issues as another opening to win back Congress in November’s midterm elections. Senator Rick Scott says, “Kids need to be in school. And parents need to…Read More

52% Of Parents Considered New Schools For Their Kids

A new poll from National School Choice Week uncovered that 52% of parents considered, or are considering, new schools for their children in the past year. The poll, released Monday, asked parents with children between the ages of five and 18 if at any point in the past year they considered “finding a new or…Read More

Frustrated by Chicago Public Schools’ union battles, growing number of weary parents enroll kids in city’s Catholic schools

After enduring the hardships of Chicago Public Schools’ teachers strike in 2019, a delayed reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and a seemingly endless stretch of remote learning, Pilsen resident Christina Castro decided last fall to transfer her three children to Catholic schools. “The public school system was already so unpredictable, and once we…Read More

Oklahoma Parents Left in Lurch by School Closings

More than $2 billion in federal COVID-bailout funds have been provided to Oklahoma school districts since 2020 to cover the costs to safely open amidst the pandemic. But despite that lavish infusion of cash, numerous schools are now closing again amidst the rise of the Omicron variant. That has left many parents—and students—with an unsettling…Read More

Explosion of Calls for School Choice Among State Lawmakers

A number of states are taking action to provide education funding for families to send their children to schools of their choice – a trend that will likely shape upcoming elections. “This session, let’s expand school choice any way we can. Greater open enrollment. New transportation models. More charter schools. And more educational freedom for…Read More

Opinion: Seven Reasons to Let Parents Choose

Access to a good education is something that every Oklahoma student should enjoy, not just a select few. It’s time for state lawmakers to allow per-student funding to follow the student to their school of choice, whether public or private. Here are seven reasons why school freedom makes sense. Parents’ rights. “Education is child-rearing,” Greg…Read More

Supreme Court considers religious liberty in Maine education case

Attorneys representing a Maine family at the Supreme Court are feeling confident following Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case Carson v. Makin. The case asks whether a state – such as Maine – breaches the free exercise clause or equal protection clause of the First Amendment by barring students in a student-aid program from using…Read More

Michigan Parents and Lawmakers Launch Petition to Give Kids School Choice

An advocacy group called Let MI Kids Learn is aiming to get 340,000 signatures to put a school choice initiative on the ballot before Michigan voters – after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-MI, vetoed the legislation. “The passage of this legislation was a test for Governor Whitmer: she could stand with families and children, or she…Read More

Columbia Law Professor Explains Why Public Schools Are Tearing America Apart

Smearing parents fed up with their kids’ schools as “domestic terrorists” seems to be a wild, incendiary charge with little basis in reality. Yet it’s the basis on which the U.S. attorney general has convened an FBI task force to surveil and intimidate parents who object to what their children are being taught, and how…Read More

What Did Public Schools Do With COVID Relief Money? Whatever They Wanted.

The federal government sent around $190 billion in aid to public schools across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is a lot of money by any standards, but in terms of federal spending on primary education, it is a shockingly large amount: as Reason‘s Matt Welch explained when surveying the Biden administration’s weak moves toward…Read More