Posts Tagged:school choice

School choice clears Senate hurdle

A significant school-choice measure has won overwhelming approval from the Oklahoma Senate and is now one vote away from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk. Senate Bill 1080 increases the size of the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act, which provides tax credits to those who donate to organizations that provide private-school scholarships. “Other than affirming life,…Read More

OK Leaders Announce Budget Deal to Expand Private Education Scholarships

State leaders touted a “historic” investment in education in the proposed budget. Common education will see a $178 million increase in funding, which will trigger a provision in state law that caps class sizes for kindergarten and first-grade students. In total, the budget would appropriate $3.2 billion for common education. “After such a very challenging…Read More

Point of view: Public funds for public schools is a hollow slogan

“No public money for private schools.” This slogan, employed against the idea of public funding for parents to choose which schools their children attend, is so void of meaning, so vapid in its reasoning. Such is the wit and wisdom in the Public Funds for Public Schools OK Coalition’s (PFPS) name. This coalition of the usual suspects — unions, insider associations and a couple…Read More

In a Rebuke to Teachers Unions, School Choice Is Going Gangbusters in the States

School districts are slowly beginning to reopen in-person instruction after being closed for nearly a year—or, in many places, for over a year. While this is a wonderful development, it will never erase what parents experienced last year: uncertainty, inconsistency, and, in some cases, ineptitude from public schools. The events of the last year have…Read More

Kentucky Legislature Overrides Governor Beshear’s Veto, Becomes 28th State with Private School Choice Program

Tonight the Kentucky Legislature voted to override Governor Beshear’s veto of House Bill 563. The bill will now become law, making Kentucky the 28th state to enact a private school choice program. Statement from John Schilling, President of the American Federation for Children: “Today lawmakers in Kentucky did the right thing by rejecting a veto by their Governor that would have…Read More

Kentucky Governor Vetoes School Choice Bill

Gov. Andy Beshear, D-KY, vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have granted parents and their children more freedom in education choices. Student advocates decried the veto. “We are discouraged by Governor Beshear’s decision to put powerful special interests before children and families in Kentucky,” American Federation for Children CEO Tommy Schultz said in a statement.…Read More

Oklahoma Senate passes bill allowing students to transfer between any district year-round

Oklahoma lawmakers debated and passed a bill Tuesday that would allow students to transfer between any school district year-round. The bill has been a work in progress for some time, with supporters arguing it gives parents the freedom to choose what school they think is best for their child. Opponents claim it does nothing to…Read More

Effort to ease public-school transfers advances

Legislation to ease the state’s open-transfer process for students wanting to attend another public-school district has gained committee approval. The legislation was prompted, in part, by the refusal of several major school districts to provide parents with the option of full-time, in-person instruction. “I would support this policy no matter what year, but I think…Read More

Schools use parents’ tax dollars to fight pro-parent bill

Fed up with local school boards that have been unresponsive to parental requests for full-time, in-person student instruction, parents across Oklahoma have urged state lawmakers to change Oklahoma law to allow recall elections for school-board members. While parents anticipated opposition to that effort, few expected to have their own education taxes diverted from the classroom…Read More