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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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 to be the year of the legislative workaround.  With the federal constitutional issues settled, a new game plan brought legal... READ MORE
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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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States and cities: the next battlegrounds for education freedom
Last year, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Carson v. Makin said excluding schools from choice programs solely because they teach religion violates the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The...
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New Hampshire judge rejects teachers union challenge to Education Freedom Accounts Program
The story: As legal challenges to the wave of newly adopted education choice laws wind through the courts, a judge just handed New Hampshire a big win.  On Tuesday, the...
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Brewer owner’s lawsuit looks to capitalize on Badger State’s new court and attack school choice options
The story: After two court victories in the 1990s, Wisconsin, the national birthplace of modern-era school choice, now faces a court challenge that, if successful, could send more than 60,000...
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‘Game Changers’ in K-12 choice
Perun, the rock star of Australian defense economists doing awesome hour-plus hour PowerPoint presentations on YouTube, recently did two such presentations on “game-changing” weapon systems in the ongoing Ukraine-Russian war....
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