Latest Education policy News

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...

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...

West Virginia education bill advances as teachers protest

Jun. 17, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday advanced a sweeping education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools after a similar Senate bill sparked massive teacher protests at the state Capitol. The measure cleared an early hurdle as lawmakers in the...

DOJ supports lawsuit demanding religious tuition payments

Jun. 11, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is backing three families who are suing to force the state of Maine to pay tuition for some students to attend religious high schools. The "Statement of Interest" filed Monday supports a lawsuit that targets the state's longstanding tuition policy for...

Virginia public colleges agree to freeze tuition next year

May. 29, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Every public college in Virginia is freezing tuition for the next school year for the first time in almost 20 years. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Longwood University recently became the last school to approve a tuition freeze. Lawmakers included $57.5 million in this year's...

DeVos becoming popular target for Democrats in 2020 race

May. 23, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Betsy DeVos the "worst secretary of education we've seen." Sen. Amy Klobuchar says DeVos "shouldn't be in her job." Beto O'Rourke's take on DeVos: "We can do better." In the hunt for a presidential nomination, those Democrats and others are increasingly taking swings at DeVos as a way...

Kentuckians set up Bevin vs. Beshear gubernatorial showdown

May. 21, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin cleared his first hurdle toward a second term but had to fend off a strong primary challenge Tuesday, setting up a long-anticipated showdown with his arch-nemesis — Democrat Andy Beshear — that will settle the feud they've fought in...