Latest School choice News

Tennessee lawmakers approve $52.8B spending plan as hopes of school voucher agreement flounder

Apr. 18, 2024 18:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-dominant Statehouse approved a $52.8 billion spending plan Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year that includes an eye-popping $1.95 billion tax break and refund for businesses, but little new tax relief for most Tennessee families. ...

Missouri lawmakers expand private school scholarships backed by tax credits

Apr. 18, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to expand private school scholarships statewide, an effort made possible by extensive compromises including a commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more on public schools. The GOP-led House voted...

The push for school choice in Nebraska is pitting lawmakers against their constituents

Apr. 16, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are set for the first time to pass a bill that would block the public from voting on a ballot measure initiated by citizens of the state, setting up what could be a long battle over whether to fund private school tuition with public dollars. On...

Kentucky ballot measure should resolve school-choice debate, Senate leader says

Apr. 16, 2024 15:54 PM EDT

Kentucky's long-running political battle over whether taxpayer money should fund private or charter schools could be settled “once and for all” when voters decide the fate of a ballot measure in November, the state Senate's top Republican leader said Tuesday. One of the most...

Kentucky Senate confirms Robbie Fletcher as next state education commissioner

Apr. 15, 2024 18:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Veteran school administrator Robbie Fletcher won state Senate confirmation Monday to become Kentucky’s next education commissioner, taking on a lead role in managing a statewide school system that, based on test scores, is still recovering from pandemic-era setbacks. ...

Nebraska lawmakers seek to solidify taxpayer-funded school choice before voters can decide it

Apr. 11, 2024 01:09 AM EDT

Nebraska lawmakers are on track to pass a bill that would circumvent an upcoming ballot initiative in which voters could repeal a new state law that funds private school tuition with taxpayer money. The bill from Omaha Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, the author of last year's Opportunity...

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders urges lawmakers to pass budget as session kicks off

Apr. 10, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday urged lawmakers to pass her $6.3 billion budget proposal that boosts spending on a new school voucher program. But she stopped short of making new policy proposals as she delivered her first state of the state address. ...

Things to know when the Arkansas Legislature convenes to take up a budget and other issues

Apr. 07, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are convening at the Capitol and their top agenda item is taking up Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' $6.3 billion proposed budget for the coming year. The session also could include efforts to tweak or outright repeal a law dealing with...

Many eligible North Carolina school voucher applicants won't get awards

Apr. 02, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A massive spike in applications to North Carolina’s school voucher program means most higher-income families won’t receive financial help for the coming year even though the General Assembly did away with income caps on the program. There simply isn't enough money to...

Oklahoma court considers whether to allow the US' first publicly funded Catholic school

Apr. 02, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican attorney general urged the state’s highest court on Tuesday to stop the creation of what would be the nation’s first publicly funded Catholic charter school. Attorney General Gentner Drummond argued the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual...