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Cuomo: Abolish NYC charter school cap

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Education Blog, New York  /  No Comments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to get rid of the cap on charter school expansion in New York City. He included the proposal in his $152.3 billion state budget this week. New York is close to reaching the cap — only 30 more can be approved under current law, reports the New […]

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School choice measures on tap in Nebraska legislature

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Education Blog, Nebraska  /  No Comments

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Add Nebraska to the growing list of states in which legislatures will be considering expanding school choice and charter options in 2017. “Measures introduced Wednesday in the state Legislature would create a new accountability system for Nebraska’s public schools, then allow for private-school vouchers or charter options for students in lower-rated schools,” the Lincoln Journal-Star […]

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Ohio charter law shows early signs of success

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

Researchers who studied the first year of Ohio’s charter school reforms say the 2015 law is “bringing promising changes to the state’s charter school sector.” A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute cites tougher oversight of Ohio charter authorizers and governing boards as key components of the overhaul. The authors note that this is […]

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Legal victory for low-income Florida students

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Nearly 98,000 low-income Florida students and their families can breathe a little easier. That’s how many students rely on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, a 15-year-old program that provides privately funded scholarships to help low-income children enroll in private schools.  In 2014, the state teachers union and affiliated groups filed suit against the program, alleging […]

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Size matters: Texas penalizes smaller school districts

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education, Education Blog, Legislature, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas last year slapped a $244.7 million penalty on districts that had fewer than 1,600 students and spanned less than 300 square miles. In all, 467 independent school districts were penalized because they failed to consolidate into larger systems.

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DeVos won’t commit to upholding Obama-era guidance on sexual assault

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Education Blog, Federal government, National  /  No Comments

Betsy DeVos appears willing to hear arguments in favor of civil rights, including due process rights, if she were the education secretary.

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