Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature

Posted By Mary C. Tillotson On May 12, 2014 @ 4:00 am

Part 115 of 126 in the series Educating America [1]

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org

More Florida families may get to send their kids to private school thanks to a new piece of legislation.

Florida’s Legislature recently passed an expansion to the state’s tax-credit scholarship program, allowing partial scholarships to private schools for families that earn a little too much money to be eligible for a full scholarship. The bill also included some tighter restrictions on scholarship nonprofits.

This school choice expansion awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

Florida's tax-credit scholarship program -- which is not a voucher program -- will be open to more students if the governor signs a bill into law. [2]

Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program — which is not a voucher program — will be open to more students if the governor signs a bill into law.

“I think overall it’s a good thing,” said Patrick Gibbons, public affairs manager for Step Up for Students, a nonprofit that administers scholarships. “What’s important here is the program will serve more children and provide those students with larger scholarships.”

The tax-credit scholarship program is not a voucher program, which was ruled unconstitutional in Florida in 2006, except for the special needs students’ voucher program. Instead, the tax-credit scholarship program allows corporations to donate to a nonprofit, which then provides scholarships to low-income students. Corporations can take tax credits for those donations. Scholarships, then, are funded through incentivized private donations instead of public money.

By law, $358 million can be awarded in scholarships this year. If at least 90 percent of that amount is raised and all available scholarships are given out, the program can grow again next year. The program has been growing every year since this “escalator” system was put in place.

Under current law, students enter the scholarship program if their families earn up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level. They can continue receiving the scholarship as long as their families are below 230 percent of the federal poverty level.

With the new bill, students will be eligible for new scholarships and renewed scholarships if their family’s income is up to 260 percent of the poverty level. Students from families earning 200 to 260 percent would receive a partial scholarship, ranging from 50 to 88 percent of the full scholarship amount. This would be effective the 2016-2017 school year.

The federal poverty level is $23,850 for a family of four [3].

The new bill would allow more children to move into the scholarship program if they had previously attended private schools. Current law allows foster children to participate, but the bill expands eligibility to children taken out of their parents’ home and placed with grandparents, neighbors or others who don’t have state foster care licenses. Foster children who are adopted can keep their scholarships.

Scholarship granting nonprofits will be subject to a second annual audit.

The bill also included a Personalized Learning Accounts program, based on Arizona’s education savings accounts program. The PLA program allows students with specific special needs an account from which they can pay for tuition, therapy, textbooks or other educational needs. Scholarship nonprofits will administer the PLAs.

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

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 [6]
  2. Reviving a 1970s lawsuit, DOJ would keep black students in failing schools [7]
  3. Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under Pennsylvania bill [8]
  4. DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit [9]
  5. Court says charter schools won’t pay for Atlanta’s pension debts [10]
  6. Biggest education impact from shutdown? Furloughed bureaucrats [11]
  7. Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program [12]
  8. Indiana’s voucher program expands; diversity a factor in one family’s choice of school [13]
  9. ‘Vouchers don’t do much good for students’ claim is false [14]
  10. NYC mayor’s race could affect school choice [15]
  11. Vermont public school goes independent, raises ire from state bureaucracy [16]
  12. Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says [17]
  13. Legal institute fights Alabama union’s attempt to repeal school tax credit [18]
  14. Experts: School choice improves education in public schools [19]
  15. SC school-choice program helps special needs kids, could expand [20]
  16. DOJ wants Louisiana parents out of voucher lawsuit [21]
  17. U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’ [22]
  18. ‘Non-traditional’ journalists barred from viewing tax-funded test results early [23]
  19. New center hopes to help charter schools help kids with special needs [24]
  20. Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents [25]
  21. $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union [26]
  22. Study: Rhode Islanders support school choice [27]
  23. Study: Choice would help failing Chicago schools [28]
  24. Scholarships could lift SC school dedicated to real-life, hands-on learning [29]
  25. Parents make good school choices, study says [30]
  26. Divisive charter school reform bill headed toward vote in PA [31]
  27. In Louisiana school voucher lawsuit, DOJ changes gears [32]
  28. Opponents sue Washington to overturn charter school law [33]
  29. School choice proponents’ challenge? Educating parents [34]
  30. Judge: Federal oversight may not hamper school voucher program [35]
  31. PA lawmakers push to amend tight teacher furlough policies [36]
  32. College ready: A Milwaukee inner-city school success story [37]
  33. Proposed economic furloughs could slay sacred cow of seniority in Pennsylvania schools [38]
  34. What is Massachusetts doing right? [39]
  35. Goldwater to appeal Louisiana school voucher decision [40]
  36. Want to end poverty? Educate the kids [41]
  37. Breakdown in Philly schools not only about the money [42]
  38. North Carolina scholarship program on firm legal footing, attorney argues [43]
  39. Philadelphia school district threatens charters [44]
  40. Belief in student ability key to success at Milwaukee charter school [45]
  41. Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety [46]
  42. Choosing to sue: Here’s a look at some 2013 lawsuits involving school choice [47]
  43. Philly charter schools outperform district counterparts [48]
  44. California students sue state over ineffective teachers [49]
  45. Study: Public supports parent choice in education [50]
  46. Under new management, Philly Renaissance Schools show growth [51]
  47. New Orleans tops school choice index [52]
  48. AZ to consider four school-choice expansion bills [53]
  49. Florida family ‘blessed’ to be apart of scholarship program [54]
  50. PA lawmakers put education at top of agenda in election year [55]
  51. Louisiana: Feds ‘more interested in skin color than … education’ [56]
  52. Charter school for Philadelphia foster children will not be renewed [57]
  53. Governor ties proposed PA education funding to targeted grants [58]
  54. WA’s first charter school serves children, families of ‘extreme poverty’ [59]
  55. Vermont attempts to take independence from independent schools [60]
  56. Philly stumbles on way to simplifying enrollment system [61]
  57. Plan for Philly schools keeps charters in check [62]
  58. Missouri ballot initiative would increase funding for public, private schools [63]
  59. New York charter school focuses on family, community [64]
  60. NC school vouchers on hold [65]
  61. WI voucher bill would help special needs students denied open enrollment [66]
  62. Philadelphia schools will end another year in red [67]
  63. PA universities expect state, students to pick up tab on rising tuition [68]
  64. Two ESA bills get House support in AZ [69]
  65. Thousands rally to support New York charter schools [70]
  66. California’s defense begins in Vergara trial [71]
  67. Accountability or overregulation? Charter supporters split over Minnesota bill [72]
  68. PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools [73]
  69. Bill would make Florida students eligible for scholarships [74]
  70. To test or not to test? Florida school choice proponents split [75]
  71. Philly school district broke, but the pay is good [76]
  72. Philadelphia charter school sues public school district [77]
  73. Colorado Supreme Court to hear school voucher case [78]
  74. Vermont to reconsider education funding formula [79]
  75. Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand [80]
  76. Massachusetts charter school bill revived [81]
  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 [4]
  114. Florida’s school choice expansion awaits governor’s signature
  115. PA charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula [5]
  116. In Nevada, your child’s school records could cost $10K [118]
  117. AG, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules [119]
  118. NC school voucher program gets temporary green light [120]
  119. Philly school district’s lack of transparency frustrates families [121]
  120. Bullying motivates many parents to home-school, attorney says [122]
  121. Philadelphia City Council gambles to fund schools [123]
  122. PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly [124]
  123. Feds consider joining school choice game [125]
  124. Florida’s new school choice law likely to spark others [126]
  125. California teacher reform lawsuit sparks copycat, more likely to come [127]
  126. School choice is popular — when parents know about it [128]
  127. What can private schools learn from charters? [129]

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[3] $23,850 for a family of four: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm

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

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

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

[7] 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/

[8] 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/

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

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

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

[12] Appeals court upholds Arizona school choice program: http://watchdog.org/108633/appeals-court-upholds-arizona-school-choice-program/

[13] 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/

[14] ‘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/

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

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

[17] Arizona education savings accounts aren’t vouchers, study says: http://watchdog.org/110369/arizona-education-savings-accounts-arent-vouchers-study-says/

[18] 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/

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

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

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

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

[23] ‘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/

[24] 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/

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

[26] $45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union: http://watchdog.org/113637/philadelphia-teachers-union/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[69] Two ESA bills get House support in AZ: http://watchdog.org/130629/arizona-house-esa/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[80] Arizona Supreme Court allows school choice program to stand: http://watchdog.org/133941/school-choice-arizona/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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