John Bicknell is executive editor of He is a veteran editor and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. He came to Washington in 1999 as an editor at Congressional Quarterly and held several positions at CQ and Roll Call. He is the author of "America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation." His next book, scheduled to be published in 2017, is on John C. Fremont's 1856 presidential campaign. John also served as senior editor of the 2016 edition of “The Almanac of American Politics.” He can be reached on Twitter @JohnBick1960 and by email at [email protected]

Can tax credit scholarships make the move from the states to D.C.?

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

Tax credit scholarship programs are already proving successful at the state level. Now lawmakers and the new administration are talking about going national.

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Indiana has top charter school law

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Alabama, Arizona, Education, Education Blog, Florida, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ top 10 is a mix of established charter programs and newer systems.

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‘Long overdue’ Kentucky charter schools await governor’s signature

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Education Blog, Kentucky  /  No Comments

Kentucky would be the 44th state to allow charter schools if Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signs the bill into law.

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Ohio pauses ESSA implementation

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

The halt will give the state more time to get feedback on issues such as testing and teacher evaluations.

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Critics citing IDEA swing and miss at charter schools

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Education Blog, Louisiana  /  No Comments

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The anti-charter crowd’s latest narrative — that charter schools are bad for kids with disabilities — is “revisionist history that leaves out half the story.”

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Cruz urges fellow Texas Republicans to expand school choice

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Education Blog, Texas  /  No Comments

Sen. Ted Cruz is taking a rare step into a home-state debate by pushing school choice legislation opposed by powerful GOP lawmakers in Austin.

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