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Charter school authorizers in Minnesota whose schools fall in the lowest 25 percent of public schools could be required to close those schools or submit an explanation to the state.
President Barack Obama's 2015 budget request increases education funding 2 percent over the previous year, cheering many education advocates, and proposes a revamped Race to the Top competition that focuses on opportunity for all students and a tobacco tax to pay for a previously-announced preschool expansion effort.
During a Legislature that at times has resembled a scavenger hunt for laws that solve imaginary problems and that pad political resumes for upcoming elections, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has so far done its work well, and delivered an education funding package truly in the people’s long-term interest.
The Tennessee House Budget Subcommittee just passed a bill that would allow students in the bottom 10 percent of low-performing schools to obtain a voucher, and by extension an opportunity for success. This first step could potentially open the door for even more students to benefit from having the means to seek out the education that’s right for them.
Obama Administration Once Again Neglects DC Voucher Program CER Press Release Washington, DC March 4, 2014 Showing little regard for low-income families who rely on school choice for a chance at success, the Obama administration has yet again allowed for a severe funding imbalance in its budget for the widely popular and successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship [...]
Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform, issued the following response to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and In the Public Interest latest attack on charter schools: