Policy & Law

Stay well-informed about the ever-changing landscape of policies and laws that impact choices for students, parents, and educators.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court prepares to weigh in on precedent-setting religious charter school lawsuit

  An attorney defending the Oklahoma’s charter school board wasted no time identifying the primary issue before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.   “This is whether the operation of a charter school violates the establishment clause,” said Philip Sechler, representing the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board.   The board’s approval of... READ MORE
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Florida legislation brings more growth, more options for state education choice scholarships
  More students would be able to use scholarships at hybrid schools, scholarship programs for students with disabilities would grow more quickly to meet demand, and religious virtual schools could...
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Governor Abbott deals a setback to the Texas district industrial lobbying complex
  During the 2013 Texas legislative session, I made my way to Houston to visit one of the grand old men of Texas K-12 reform, the late/great Charles Miller. Miller...
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American K-12 shortchanges kids and teachers but spaghettifies your bank account
    The Reason Foundation released a new study called Public Education at a Crossroads: A Comprehensive Look at K-12 Resources and Outcomes for All 50 States. Nationwide data from...
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New NextSteps feature tracks education choice challenges
Welcome to docketED, your guide to the intersection of school choice, the courts and the constitution.  If 2023 was the year of school choice for supporters, 2024 is shaping up...
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A trade in other people’s children
An episode of Paul MM Cooper’s outstanding documentary podcast series “The Fall of Civilizations” recounts the history of Carthage, which includes details of wars fought between the Carthaginians and Syracuse...
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Gov. DeSantis, Florida legislative leaders highlight historic education choice expansion
Florida lawmakers are convening in Tallahassee for their 60-day regular legislative session. In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Ron DeSantis hailed last year’s HB 1 as the...
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‘Keep Katie’s hands off of my future’
Arizona ESA families rallied at the state capitol Monday to oppose Gov. Katie Hobbs’ proposals to “reform” the Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Lawmakers who spoke at the event pronounced the...
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Governor Hobbs to Arizona: Choice for me but not for thee
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, who fruitlessly called for a repeal of Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account during her first year in office, is following up with a plan in her second...
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Another Happy New Year for education freedom
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2023, it is worth noting what an extraordinary year it was for parental choice advocates. As recently as 2022, no states had statewide...
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A look back: How massive strides in education choice made history and set trends in 2023
If 2023 could be summed up in a single word, it would be transformation.  Florida lawmakers passed House Bill 1, which expanded education choice eligibility to all students in the...
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