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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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Accounts receivable?

Education | An education battle in Texas could play out across the country
by Leigh Jones
Posted 3/29/17, 12:09 am

PORTER, Texas—Seth Franklin, 12, pointed to the shiny pin on the collar of his baby-blue Civil Air Patrol uniform shirt and listed some of what he had to do to earn it: sprints, push-ups, sit-ups. He received the pin at an after-school ceremony, with his proud parents and his siblings, a younger brother and two sisters, watching from the audience—a rare moment of family celebration.

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