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July 1, 2019
An Indiana private school’s $500 recruitment deal reignites debate over voucher oversight
A small but growing private school in Noblesville offered a deal to its families: Get a friend to enroll at Legacy Christian School, and you'll get $500 off your tuition.
The Fine Print
May 8, 2019
Five important things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation
The final legislation will create a major new education program that will mean big changes for students, parents, and public and private schools.
a better placement
May 4, 2019
7 and out of school since 2017: How Jazmiah slipped through the cracks of NYC’s special ed system
Jazmiah, who is autistic, and struggles with ADHD and behavior issues, has not attended school for nearly a year and a half.
Updated May 1, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves compromise voucher proposal aimed at Memphis, Nashville
Gov. Bill Lee plans to sign compromise legislation affecting students and districts in Tennessee’s two largest cities.
May 1, 2019
Lawmakers negotiating Tennessee vouchers include strong ties to private, home school
Here are the education backgrounds of conference committee members seeking to reconcile two voucher bills.
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
January 7, 2019
New York City now spends $325 million a year to send students with disabilities to private schools
The cost of sending students with disabilities dwarfs the price tag of some of the mayor’s highest-profile education initiatives.
May 29, 2018
D.C.’s private school voucher program hurt low-income students’ math test scores, according to federal study
Low-income students who used a voucher to attend a private school in Washington, D.C., continued to see substantially lower math test scores after two years in the program
January 24, 2018
With the defeat of vouchers, Memphis Catholic leaders seek charter conversion
But whether that avenue is open depends on Shelby County Schools.
November 15, 2017
Inside one Colorado family’s long legal journey to affirm their son’s right to a meaningful education
A Colorado couple brought their son's special education case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Explore: Indiana private schools’ policies on LGBT students
How do schools in Indiana’s voucher program deal with LGBT students? Search for a school, city, or county to see their policies.
vying for vouchers
May 23, 2017
On Betsy DeVos’s budget wish list: $250M to ‘build the evidence base’ for vouchers
The funding boost aimed at justifying private-school choice programs is one way DeVos is delivering on years of advocacy for those programs.
June 28, 2016
Religious schooling is the top reason parents use vouchers, survey finds
Parents who use Indiana’s voucher program say the opportunity for their kids to get religious instruction was the most important reason they chose their current school.
February 10, 2016
Most private schools in Memphis on the fence about accepting state tuition vouchers
While Memphis would be most impacted if the state allows public funds to be used for private school tuition, many private schools are undecided if they will participate.
January 25, 2016
Chalkbeat explains what school vouchers could mean for Tennessee
Despite being debated for almost a decade in Tennessee, questions remain about the impact of proposed school vouchers. Here's what you need to know.
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