Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand

Posted By Mary C. Tillotson On March 21, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

Part 75 of 126 in the series Educating America [1]

By Mary Tillotson | Watchdog.org

Arizona’s highest court has effectively ruled in favor of the state’s innovative education savings account program, allowing hundreds of students access to a flexible, tailored education.

“This is really exciting news for families in Arizona,” said Jonathan Butcher, education director for the Goldwater Institute, which had intervened in the lawsuit.Jonathan Butcher [2]

Last fall, the state’s appeals court ruled in favor of the program [3], distinguishing it from a voucher program [4] that was ruled unconstitutional in 2009. Opponents of the ESA program appealed, and the Supreme Court on Friday denied the appeal, allowing the lower court’s decision — and the program — to stand.

“If they had taken it, I would have been very confident that they were taking it to affirm the lower court and would have upheld the program as well,” said Tim Keller, attorney for the Institute for Justice, which intervened in the lawsuit on behalf of Arizona families [5]. “Either wait the case had gone, it wasn’t like a good news (versus) bad news thing. I would have been very excited to go into court and defend it.”

“What’s tremendous is that the appeals ruling was so strong,” Butcher said. “The language in there really confirmed everything that we said about education savings accounts from the beginning. We’ve made the case that they are distinct from vouchers and the provision in the law makes them unique, and parents are not compelled to spend their money on any one thing.”

When the state Supreme Court struck down the voucher program in 2009, it found legal footing in the state’s Blaine Amendment [6], which prohibits public funds from aiding private schools [7], whether or not they’re faith-based. Families using vouchers were required to spend voucher money on private schools.

Families using ESAs receive a limited-use debit card and permission to spend that money on private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, education therapy and other educational expenses. The money rolls over year to year and can be saved for college.

When the appeals court upheld the ESA program, it noted that parents don’t have to spend the money on private school tuition — and therefore, the program doesn’t violate the state’s constitution.

“The specified object of the ESA is the beneficiary families, not private or sectarian schools,” the appeals court’s opinion stated. “Depending on how the parents choose to educate their children, this may or may not include paying tuition at a private school.”

Butcher said he hopes other states will take the court’s decision as a cue to enact their own ESA programs.

“The life cycle of school choice programs is almost predictable,” he said. “It gets passed in the law, the union sues, the court decides, and if they decide favorably, other states start doing it.”

About 700 students are currently using Arizona’s ESA program, and state lawmakers are considering several bills [8] that would expand the program to allow more students to participate. Currently, students with special needs, children adopted from the state foster system, children assigned to failing schools and children of active-duty military families are eligible.

Several states [9] have considered enacting ESA programs, but so far none has passed.

“The ESA program is changing lives, and this decision … gives parents the peace of mind to know this program is going to be there in the future to help their kids,” Keller said.

Contact Mary C. Tillotson at mtillotson@watchdog.org.

This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. March 31 to add quotations from Tim Keller and note that IJ had also intervened on the case.

Part of 126 in the series Educating America [1]
  1. Arizona mom won’t give up on special needs kids, no matter what state says [12]
  2. Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools [13]
  3. Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill [14]
  4. DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit [15]
  5. Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts [16]
  6. Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats [17]
  7. Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program [3]
  8. Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school [18]
  9. ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false [19]
  10. NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice [20]
  11. Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy [21]
  12. Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says [4]
  13. Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit [22]
  14. Experts: School choice improves education in public schools [23]
  15. SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand [24]
  16. DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit [25]
  17. U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’ [26]
  18. ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early [27]
  19. New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs [28]
  20. Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents [29]
  21. $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union [30]
  22. Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice [31]
  23. Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools [32]
  24. Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning [33]
  25. Parents make good school choices, study says [34]
  26. Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA [35]
  27. In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears [36]
  28. Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law [37]
  29. School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents [38]
  30. Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program [39]
  31. PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies [40]
  32. College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story [41]
  33. Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools [42]
  34. What is Massachusetts doing right? [43]
  35. Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision [44]
  36. Want to end poverty? Educate the kids [45]
  37. Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money [46]
  38. North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues [47]
  39. Philadelphia school district threatens charters [48]
  40. Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school [49]
  41. Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety [50]
  42. Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice [51]
  43. Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts [52]
  44. California students sue state over ineffective teachers [53]
  45. Study: Public supports parent choice in education [54]
  46. Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth [55]
  47. New Orleans tops school choice index [56]
  48. AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills [57]
  49. Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program [58]
  50. PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year [59]
  51. Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’ [60]
  52. Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed [61]
  53. Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants [62]
  54. WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’ [63]
  55. Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools [64]
  56. Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system [65]
  57. Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check [66]
  58. Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools [67]
  59. New York charter school focuses on family, community [68]
  60. NC school vouchers on hold [69]
  61. WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment [70]
  62. Philadelphia schools will end another year in red [71]
  63. PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition [72]
  64. Two ESA bills get House support in AZ [8]
  65. Thousands rally to support New York charter schools [73]
  66. California’s defense begins in Vergara trial [74]
  67. Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill [75]
  68. PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools [76]
  69. Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships [77]
  70. To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split [78]
  71. Philly school district broke, but the pay is good [79]
  72. Philadelphia charter school sues public school district [80]
  73. Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case [81]
  74. Vermont to reconsider education funding formula [10]
  75. Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand
  76. Massachusetts charter school bill revived [11]
  77. Quality schools matter more than racial integration, black leaders say [82]
  78. FL again takes up school-choice bill [83]
  79. Choice Media’s videocast tackles host of education issues [84]
  80. Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action [85]
  81. New website helps Detroit parents choose schools [86]
  82. Philly schools caught on funding merry-go-round [87]
  83. Louisiana bill would coordinate school choice programs [88]
  84. New D.C. charter school lottery eases but doesn’t eliminate waiting lists [89]
  85. Federal bill attempts to help replicate high-quality state charter schools [90]
  86. Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state [91]
  87. ACLU alleges discrimination in 138 NJ districts [92]
  88. MN anti-bullying bill could have unintended consequences [93]
  89. Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year [94]
  90. Illinois considers three-year ban on virtual charter schools [95]
  91. Violent Philly high school source of worry [96]
  92. Auditors examining troubled Philadelphia school district [97]
  93. Civil liberties organization sues to overturn anti-bullying law [98]
  94. Legal conflict over teacher seniority in Philly heats up [99]
  95. Academics, culture help mom choose private school [100]
  96. PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts [101]
  97. Arizona expands school choice program [102]
  98. The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA [103]
  99. Louisiana offers new vocational technical program [104]
  100. Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools [105]
  101. Educators look to grow with expanding Hispanic demographic [106]
  102. Philadelphia flexes muscle over charter schools [107]
  103. Philly school district facing another bleak budget [108]
  104. Andre Agassi dedicates Indianapolis charter school [109]
  105. For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up [110]
  106. At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost [111]
  107. Arizona charter schools need funding fix, proponents say [112]
  108. Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement [113]
  109. Teachers union opposes ‘Bad Teachers’ [114]
  110. Governor’s plans to boost education funding falls short [115]
  111. Georgia’s school-choice program draws legal challenge [116]
  112. Missouri parents want more choice in education [117]
  113. U.S. lawmakers to consider charter school bill [118]
  114. Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature [119]
  115. PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula [120]
  116. In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K [121]
  117. AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules [122]
  118. NC school voucher program gets temporary green light [123]
  119. Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families [124]
  120. Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says [125]
  121. Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools [126]
  122. PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly [127]
  123. Feds consider joining school choice game [128]
  124. Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others [129]
  125. California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come [130]
  126. School choice is popular — when parents know about it [131]
  127. What can private schools learn from charters? [132]

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[1] Educating America: http://watchdog.org/series/educating-america/

[2] Image: http://watchdog.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/09/JonathanButcher.jpg

[3] ruled in favor of the program: http://watchdog.org/108633/appeals-court-upholds-arizona-school-choice-program/

[4] distinguishing it from a voucher program: http://watchdog.org/110369/arizona-education-savings-accounts-arent-vouchers-study-says/

[5] families: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TX2wGjlsKY

[6] Blaine Amendment: http://www.becketfund.org/blaineamendments/

[7] prohibits public funds from aiding private schools: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/const/9/10.htm

[8] several bills: http://watchdog.org/130629/arizona-house-esa/

[9] Several states: http://watchdog.org/126474/school-choice-esa/

[10] Vermont to reconsider education funding formula: http://watchdog.org/133633/vermont-education-funding/

[11] Massachusetts charter school bill revived: http://watchdog.org/134629/massachusetts-charter-schools/

[12] Arizona mom won’t give up on special needs kids, no matter what state says: http://watchdog.org/106956/arizona-empowerment-scholarships/

[13] Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools: http://watchdog.org/107099/reviving-a-1970s-lawsuit-doj-would-keep-black-students-in-failing-schools/

[14] Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill: http://watchdog.org/107730/relocating-sexually-abusive-teachers-would-be-more-difficult-under-pennsylvania-bill/

[15] DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit: http://watchdog.org/107931/doj-backpedals-on-louisiana-voucher-lawsuit/

[16] Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts: http://watchdog.org/108070/charter-schools-atlanta-pension-debt/

[17] Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats: http://watchdog.org/108270/biggest-education-impact-from-shutdown-furloughed-bureaucrats/

[18] Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school: http://watchdog.org/108901/indianas-voucher-program-expands-diversity-a-factor-in-one-familys-choice-of-school/

[19] ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false: http://watchdog.org/109580/vouchers-dont-do-much-good-for-students-claim-is-false/

[20] NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice: http://watchdog.org/109726/nyc-mayors-race-could-affect-school-choice/

[21] Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy: http://watchdog.org/110206/vermont-public-school-goes-independent-raises-ire-from-state-bureaucracy/

[22] Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit: http://watchdog.org/111115/legal-institute-fights-alabama-unions-attempt-to-repeal-school-tax-credit/

[23] Experts: School choice improves education in public schools: http://watchdog.org/112121/experts-school-choice-improves-education-in-public-schools/

[24] SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand: http://watchdog.org/112320/sc-school-choice-program-helps-special-needs-kids-could-expand/

[25] DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit: http://watchdog.org/112755/doj-wants-louisiana-parents-voucher-lawsuit/

[26] U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’: http://watchdog.org/113092/u-s-house-passes-bill-prevent-passing-trash/

[27] ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early: http://watchdog.org/113178/non-traditional-journalists-barred-viewing-tax-funded-test-results-early/

[28] New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs: http://watchdog.org/113359/new-center-hopes-help-charter-schools-help-kids-special-needs/

[29] Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents: http://watchdog.org/113580/charter-schools-offer-alternative-philadelphia-families/

[30] $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union: http://watchdog.org/113637/philadelphia-teachers-union/

[31] Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice: http://watchdog.org/114090/study-rhode-islanders-support-school-choice/

[32] Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools: http://watchdog.org/114652/choice-chicago-schools/

[33] Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning: http://watchdog.org/114895/columbia-students-scholarship/

[34] Parents make good school choices, study says: http://watchdog.org/115905/parents-make-good-school-choices-study-says/

[35] Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA: http://watchdog.org/116714/charter-school-reform/

[36] In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears: http://watchdog.org/116761/louisiana-voucher-doj-change/

[37] Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law: http://watchdog.org/117785/washington-charter-school-law-sued/

[38] School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents: http://watchdog.org/117544/word-out-school-choice/

[39] Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program: http://watchdog.org/117987/doj-louisiana-school-voucher/

[40] PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies: http://watchdog.org/118517/pa-teacher-furlough/

[41] College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story: http://watchdog.org/118513/hope-christian-school/

[42] Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools: http://watchdog.org/118703/pa-teacher-seniority/

[43] What is Massachusetts doing right?: http://watchdog.org/118763/high-standards-transparent-accountability-and-school-choice-are-keys-to-massachusettss-pisa-success/

[44] Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision: http://watchdog.org/119048/goldwater-to-appeal-louisiana-school-voucher/

[45] Want to end poverty? Educate the kids: http://watchdog.org/119077/education-poverty/

[46] Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money: http://watchdog.org/119207/philly-schools-money/

[47] North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues: http://watchdog.org/120320/nc-scholarship/

[48] Philadelphia school district threatens charters: http://watchdog.org/120318/philly-charters/

[49] Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school: http://watchdog.org/120876/student-ability-milwaukee/

[50] Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety: http://watchdog.org/121163/philadelphia-school-budget/

[51] Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice: http://watchdog.org/121391/school-choice-lawsuits-2013/

[52] Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts: http://watchdog.org/121760/philly-charter-schools/

[53] California students sue state over ineffective teachers: http://watchdog.org/122324/california-students-sue/

[54] Study: Public supports parent choice in education: http://watchdog.org/122675/public-support-choice/

[55] Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth: http://watchdog.org/122962/renaissance-schools-philly/

[56] New Orleans tops school choice index: http://watchdog.org/123270/school-choice-index/

[57] AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills: http://watchdog.org/123434/arizona-school-choice/

[58] Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program: http://watchdog.org/122856/florida-scholarship-program/

[59] PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year: http://watchdog.org/123873/education-election-pa/

[60] Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’: http://watchdog.org/124176/louisiana-skin-color/

[61] Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed: http://watchdog.org/124418/charter-foster-children/

[62] Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants: http://watchdog.org/127933/pa-grants/

[63] WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’: http://watchdog.org/128226/first-charter-school-serves-children-families-extreme-poverty/

[64] Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools: http://watchdog.org/128628/vermont-independent-schools/

[65] Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system: http://watchdog.org/128811/universal-enrollment/

[66] Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check: http://watchdog.org/129395/philly-plan-schools/

[67] Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools: http://watchdog.org/129460/missouri-school-choice/

[68] New York charter school focuses on family, community: http://watchdog.org/129522/new-york-charter-school-focuses-family-community/

[69] NC school vouchers on hold: http://watchdog.org/129815/nc-school-choice/

[70] WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment: http://watchdog.org/130039/wi-students-denied/

[71] Philadelphia schools will end another year in red: http://watchdog.org/130001/philadelphia-schools-feb/

[72] PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition: http://watchdog.org/130450/pa-universities/

[73] Thousands rally to support New York charter schools: http://watchdog.org/130985/new-york-charter-schools/

[74] California’s defense begins in Vergara trial: http://watchdog.org/131228/california-vergara-trial/

[75] Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill: http://watchdog.org/131521/minnesota-charter-school-bill/

[76] PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools: http://watchdog.org/131757/charter-school-authorizer/

[77] Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships: http://watchdog.org/131744/florida-scholarships/

[78] To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split: http://watchdog.org/132582/school-choice-test/

[79] Philly school district broke, but the pay is good: http://watchdog.org/132881/philly-district-pay/

[80] Philadelphia charter school sues public school district: http://watchdog.org/133090/charter-sues-district/

[81] Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case: http://watchdog.org/133414/colorado-school-voucher/

[82] Quality schools matter more than racial integration, black leaders say: http://watchdog.org/134954/black-leaders-school/

[83] FL again takes up school-choice bill: http://watchdog.org/135191/fl-takes-school-choice-bill/

[84] Choice Media’s videocast tackles host of education issues: http://watchdog.org/135395/lawsuit-overspending-charter/

[85] Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action: http://watchdog.org/135500/teacher-seniority-pa/

[86] New website helps Detroit parents choose schools: http://watchdog.org/135808/school-choice-media/

[87] Philly schools caught on funding merry-go-round: http://watchdog.org/136086/philly-funding-april/

[88] Louisiana bill would coordinate school choice programs: http://watchdog.org/136233/louisiana-school-choice/

[89] New D.C. charter school lottery eases but doesn’t eliminate waiting lists: http://watchdog.org/136254/dc-charter-lottery/

[90] Federal bill attempts to help replicate high-quality state charter schools: http://watchdog.org/136514/federal-bill-attempts-help-replicate-high-quality-state-charter-schools/

[91] Philadelphia schools awaiting taxes from city, state: http://watchdog.org/136705/school-tax-philly/

[92] ACLU alleges discrimination in 138 NJ districts: http://watchdog.org/136787/aclu-alleges-discrimination/

[93] MN anti-bullying bill could have unintended consequences: http://watchdog.org/137238/mn-anti-bullying-bill-unintended-consequences/

[94] Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year: http://watchdog.org/137514/ms-special-needs/

[95] Illinois considers three-year ban on virtual charter schools: http://watchdog.org/137849/illinois-virtual-charter-ban/

[96] Violent Philly high school source of worry: http://watchdog.org/137995/violent-philly-school/

[97] Auditors examining troubled Philadelphia school district: http://watchdog.org/138355/state-audit-philly/

[98] Civil liberties organization sues to overturn anti-bullying law: http://watchdog.org/138625/sues-anti-bullying/

[99] Legal conflict over teacher seniority in Philly heats up: http://watchdog.org/138956/philadelphia-seniority/

[100] Academics, culture help mom choose private school: http://watchdog.org/138771/tennessee-mother-school/

[101] PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts: http://watchdog.org/139607/pa-cyber-charter/

[102] Arizona expands school choice program: http://watchdog.org/139927/arizona-school-choice-2/

[103] The sticky statistic of statewide charter school performance in PA: http://watchdog.org/140032/statewide-charter-school/

[104] Louisiana offers new vocational technical program: http://watchdog.org/140459/louisiana-vocational-technical/

[105] Benefits are driving high personnel costs in Philadelphia schools: http://watchdog.org/140494/benefits-philly/

[106] Educators look to grow with expanding Hispanic demographic: http://watchdog.org/140856/educators-look-grow-expanding-hispanic-demographic/

[107] Philadelphia flexes muscle over charter schools: http://watchdog.org/140963/charter-schools-april/

[108] Philly school district facing another bleak budget: http://watchdog.org/141256/philly-budget-april/

[109] Andre Agassi dedicates Indianapolis charter school: http://watchdog.org/141339/andre-agassi-charter-school/

[110] For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up: http://watchdog.org/141566/pa-graduation-rates/

[111] At long last, PA school buses could be getting a boost: http://watchdog.org/141770/pa-buses/

[112] Arizona charter schools need funding fix, proponents say: http://watchdog.org/141982/arizona-charter-schools/

[113] Progress reports for Philadelphia schools show uneven achievement: http://watchdog.org/142343/progress-reports/

[114] Teachers union opposes ‘Bad Teachers’: http://watchdog.org/142729/teachers-union-opposes/

[115] Governor’s plans to boost education funding falls short: http://watchdog.org/142858/shortfall-education-pa/

[116] Georgia’s school-choice program draws legal challenge: http://watchdog.org/142980/georgia-school-choice/

[117] Missouri parents want more choice in education: http://watchdog.org/143264/missouri-parents-choice/

[118] U.S. lawmakers to consider charter school bill: http://watchdog.org/143535/federal-charter-school/

[119] Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature: http://watchdog.org/143754/florida-school-scholarship/

[120] PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula: http://watchdog.org/144041/pa-special-education/

[121] In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K: http://watchdog.org/144081/nevada-school-records-10k/

[122] AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules: http://watchdog.org/144202/auditor-charter-pa/

[123] NC school voucher program gets temporary green light: http://watchdog.org/144721/school-choice-voucher/

[124] Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families: http://watchdog.org/145066/transparency-philly/

[125] Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says: http://watchdog.org/145101/public-school-bullying/

[126] Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools: http://watchdog.org/145550/gamble-philadelphia/

[127] PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly: http://watchdog.org/145856/lawsuit-school/

[128] Feds consider joining school choice game: http://watchdog.org/147626/federal-school-choice/

[129] Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others: http://watchdog.org/155758/florida-school-choice/

[130] California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come: http://watchdog.org/156980/teacher-reform-lawsuit/

[131] School choice is popular — when parents know about it: http://watchdog.org/157993/school-choice-popular/

[132] What can private schools learn from charters?: http://watchdog.org/158738/private-school-charter/

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