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Powerful Koch network taking on school choice with new group

Jul. 11, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer...

School voucher flap previews coming legislative debate

Jul. 5, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Education took heat from school-choice advocates last week after denying the stepchild of a soldier a state-funded voucher to pay for private-school tuition, and then reversing course. The uproar was a repeat of a similar fight in May over children from the Navajo...

Florida laws on texting while driving, hemp take effect

Jun. 30, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Many of the bills passed by the Florida Legislature will go into effect Monday, impacting drivers, students, patients and immigrants across the state. Motorists can be stopped for texting and no other offense, but will only be warned for now. Thousands of low- and middle-income students can...

Supreme Court to review Montana school choice program

Jun. 28, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reviving a Montana program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships. The state's highest court had struck down the program because it violated the Montana constitution's ban on state aid to religious organizations. The...

Indiana archbishop defends firing of teacher in gay marriage

Jun. 27, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis archbishop said Thursday that his orders for two Catholic high schools in the city to fire gay teachers were about upholding church teaching on marriage and not about sexual orientation. Archbishop Charles Thompson said during a news conference that he didn't seek out...

W.Va. to start taking school clothing voucher applications

Jun. 26, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will start taking applications for school clothing vouchers next week. The program administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources' Division of Family Assistance helped more than 98,000 children enrolled in West Virginia schools last year. Each child...

Arizona governor OKs school voucher fix for Navajo children

Jun. 6, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Legislation giving a handful of Navajo children from Arizona another year to use their vouchers for tuition at a private New Mexico school was signed Thursday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. The House and Senate approved the legislation without opposition late last month. The bill sidesteps a...

The Latest: Lawmakers pass school funding formula overhaul

Jun. 4, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the 2019 Nevada legislative session (all times local): 12:20 a.m. A bill that aims to overhaul how Nevada allocates its education funds has passed the Legislature and is headed to Gov. Steve Sisolak's desk. Lawmakers in the state Assembly passed the...

West Virginia Senate passes broad GOP education bill

Jun. 3, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a Republican education plan that would allow the state's first charter schools, reigniting a debate that helped start a teacher strike earlier this year . Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber approved the bill 18-15 as part of their...

As teachers roar, GOP fails to expedite education plan

Jun. 1, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate Republicans on Saturday failed in their bid to fast-track a sweeping education proposal that would allow the state's first charter schools. Senators reconvened for the special legislative session to the sound of dozens teachers chanting and cheering both inside...