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Teachers union takes on Florida school choice law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A lawsuit from Florida teachers would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs.
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Support grows for school choice in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. – While only 8,700 Louisiana students rely on the state’s public scholarship program to attend the school of their choice, the state’s lawmakers worked this session to expand options for additional Louisiana children.
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Vermont schools use kids as props to push tax increase

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Kissing babies may be a time-honored tradition in American political campaigns, but residents of Burlington say the sight of elementary school kids chanting slogans and singing songs in support of the city’s school budget increase was appalling — and perhaps a violation of campaign laws.
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New Mexico teachers burn evaluations

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TAOS, N.M. — Teachers in New Mexico burned their evaluations, citing unfair standards and saying the evaluations don’t accurately account for student growth during the school year.
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Feds consider joining school choice game

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government is getting in the school choice game. A bill, called the CHOICE Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Todd Rokita — a companion to a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott.
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