Latest School choice News

Maine ban on tuition payments to religious schools is upheld

Oct. 30, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Maine’s exclusion of religious schools from a high school tuition voucher program, upholding the law after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Montana case seemed to open the door to more public funding for parochial schools. The...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 30, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Crackdown on COVID violations a sad necessity Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board Oct. 28 The frustration with month after month of COVID-related restrictions is understandable. Everyone is tired of...

Russell Wilson, Ciara fund charter school in Seattle area

Oct. 28, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Football star Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara, the Grammy-winning performer, are the latest wealthy philanthropists to back a charter school — though the celebrity couple say they’re not focused on the politically charged school choice issue and undeterred by challenges that...

Judge finds state improperly released test scores to media

Sep. 18, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction violated state law when it withheld voucher students' standardized test scores for a day last fall, a judge ruled Friday. School Choice Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative law firm, sued the department...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2020, file photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for an event in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington. As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump, DeVos raise school choice in appeal to vexed parents

Sep. 14, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally. DeVos and...

With 2 new schools coming, Sioux Falls eyes open enrollment

Sep. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Sioux Falls school board next month will look at changing the district’s open enrollment policy. The possible changes come as the district prepares to open two new schools in fall of 2021. They also come amid allegations of favoritism among high schools and bias in...

3 Vermont families sue for tuition for religious schools

Sep. 10, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

Three families are suing Vermont’s education secretary and certain school districts, saying that denying them a state tuition benefit to send their children to religious schools is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court comes two months after a divided U.S. Supreme Court...