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Parents’ choice

Education | New survey shows moms and dads want more from school than the three R’s
by Leigh Jones
Posted 7/25/18, 04:35 pm

What do parents want from their children’s schools? Top-tier academics? Championship sports teams? Award-winning arts programs?

Those seem likely to top the list, based on typical funding allocations and the emphasis lawmakers place on school assessments. But according to a new survey, that’s not what parents find most important. 

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School choice finds a voice in federal budget

Education | Trump administration proposes $1 billion to advance vouchers, parental control
by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/24/17, 11:17 am

The $4.1 trillion proposed budget released today by the White House asks for overall cuts to education spending, including for federally backed student loans, but gives school choice a $1 billion boost. Part of the proposed allocation would go toward a grant program to encourage states to make public school funds portable, allowing parents to pick the campus that works best for their children. About one-quarter of the funds would go to study and expand voucher programs.

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School choice trouble in Texas

Education | State lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to block any effort to use tax money for private schools
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/10/17, 02:17 pm

Texas is one of 19 states considering legislation to create Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) this year. Stephanie Matthews, senior education policy adviser for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, started the current legislative session optimistic over the chances of passing a universal ESA program, one open to all students. Now, though, entrenched political infighting has obliterated much of that hope.

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