REPORT: Homeschool families save taxpayers $22 billion a year

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Homeschooling families are saving American taxpayers a lot of money – $22 billion a year by one estimate. As many public school advocates argue that school choice options funnel money away from traditional schools, homeschooling families provide a boost by paying taxes for schools while educating their children at home with no […]

Union’s anti-choice rally falls flat when only a few dozen show to protest Ed Sec DeVos

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana State Teachers Association staged a protest Monday at the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke about an “ambitious expansion” of school choice at a nearby hotel. DeVos spoke Monday at the American Federation for Children’s national policy summit about “a transformation that will open […]

NC Senate approves voucher expansion, ESAs for students with disabilities

By Victor Skinner on Monday, May 15th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina lawmakers want to set aside $450,000 for the current school year to provide pre-paid debt cards loaded with up to $9,000 each to help students with disabilities with educational expenses. According to WRAL: The Personal Educational Savings Account, or PESA, is geared toward students with disabilities. Their parents would get […]

School choice opponents mount referendum effort to repeal Arizona ESA expansion

By Victor Skinner on Monday, May 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

PHOENIX, Ariz. – School choice opponents are mounting a referendum campaign against the recent expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program, which allows families to use per-pupil funding for whatever school they want. According to the Arizona Republic: Members of the group Save Our Schools Arizona said they will file paperwork this week and […]

AZ expands ESA program to all students, but caps enrollment at 30,000 by 2022

By Victor Skinner on Friday, April 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

PHOENIX – Arizona lawmakers expanded the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program Thursday to any student in the state, but imposed caps on the number of students that can enroll. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that will allow any student to use state tax dollars for a variety of education expenses, including private school […]

PROMISE KEPT: Trump cuts federal DOE budget, increases funds for school choice

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Education is exactly what he promised during the 2016 campaign: Massive cuts coupled with a strong focus on growing school choice options for poor families. The Trump administration released a sketch of its 2018 spending plan for education Thursday that includes an […]

VIDEO: College students hate Trump EdSec DeVos — but agree with her beliefs

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – College students who oppose Betsy DeVos as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education don’t know what they’re talking about, a recent YouTube video makes clear. Hypeline News posted a video on Friday that exposes just how uneducated college students at one school are about Betsy DeVos, and that many actually support her views […]

Trump visits FL private school to tout school choice

By Victor Skinner on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. – President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are showcasing school choice today with a visit to St. Andrew Catholic School, a private school that participates in Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. And about 100 school choice opponents, including many teachers union members and others who depend on the public school […]

Homeschooling popularity ‘soars’ across the U.S.

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The popularity of homeschooling is exploding across the United States, far outpacing enrollment growth in public schools and other educational options. The National Home Education Research Institute contends homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in America, with an estimated 2.3 million students now learning at home, according to the […]

Philly charter school receives 9,190 applications for 96 open seats

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia’s MaST Community Charter School is the perfect example of the high demand for quality education alternatives to traditional public schools. The award-winning school is well-known for its top-notch math and science programs, and parents are clearly paying attention. The limited enrollment school accepted 9,190 applications for just 96 open spots, which were […]

Presidential candidate wannabe Booker turns on DeVos — after praising her ‘incredible organization’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is speaking out against Monday’s confirmation of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, despite his history of supporting her mission. “To all who are angry or frustrated about today’s vote confirming DeVos, please know: the vote may be over, but our […]

NACSA: Leaning on states to regulate the life out of the charter school movement

By Steve Gunn on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

Part 2 of 4 The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term “charter school” as a “tax-supported school” that operates “without most local and state educational regulations so as to achieve set goals.” The last part of that definition is rapidly become outdated and inaccurate. In the 1990s, when charter schools first started popping up, there was […]

Charter school sector, national school choice movement, headed in different directions

By Steve Gunn on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

Part 1 of 4 Too many lazy, misinformed journalists have developed a bad habit when reporting about the national K-12 school choice movement. They tend to use the term “charter school” as a synonym for school choice, which is increasingly inaccurate. They assume that the mainstream charter school community is on the same page as […]

WY school officials in grizzly country: ‘When you’re in rural areas … (arming staff) does make sense’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Liberals are mocking Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos over comments about the potential use of guns in schools to ward off grizzlies in places like Wyoming. But those who live among the deadly bruins don’t necessarily think it’s a bad idea, and count themselves among many in rural communities that could benefit from […]