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October 11, 2018
Three big differences on Tennessee education heading into Dean and Lee’s final debate
While the first two debates have been polite and cordial, sharp differences are emerging on hot-button education issues in the race to be governor.
October 9, 2018
Tennessee’s largest teachers group endorses Dean for governor as Lee reportedly snubs invitation
The Tennessee Education Association PAC cites Karl Dean’s record on school funding and his opposition to vouchers.
On a mission
October 2, 2018
Texas minister rallies Tennessee pastors against private school vouchers
The Rev. Charles Foster Johnson mobilized 2,000 pastors in Texas against vouchers, and now he's trying to do the same in Tennessee.
August 24, 2018
How Trump’s tax law may have just gotten in the way of Betsy DeVos’ favorite policy
A proposed tax rule, issued Thursday by the Treasury department, threatens to undermine school choice tax credit programs.
August 21, 2018
Support for boosting teacher pay is at a 10-year high, new survey finds
After a year of teacher protests, an increasing number of Americans think teachers should be paid more, according to a new national survey. Sixty-seven percent…
August 9, 2018
Students’ math scores drop for years after using a private school voucher in country’s largest program
The findings are a blow to the argument that poor students benefit from the choice to attend a private school, a policy championed by Betsy DeVos.
August 3, 2018
Here’s how Lee, Dean compare on education in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor
The state's next leader will set the course for school funding and shape education policy on everything from student testing to teacher evaluations.
July 30, 2018
Six Memphis Catholic schools would convert to charters under revised application
After seeking to be the largest charter school operator in Memphis, a new organization hoping to convert Catholic schools to public ones is scaling back.
July 23, 2018
Nashville organization drops $26,000 to support a single school board candidate in Memphis
TennesseeCAN spent more than $26,000 on behalf of candidate Michelle Robinson McKissack for mailed advertisements, phone calls, and texts in late June.
June 7, 2018
Fact checking the Colorado governor’s race: The truth behind 5 claims dividing Democratic contenders
As the Colorado Democratic primary nears, candidates for governor are using old education positions to highlight small policy differences.
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
vouching for vouchers
April 24, 2018
Louisiana vouchers have led to big drops in test scores, but they also might boost college enrollment
Students who won a school voucher in Louisiana to attend their top-ranked private high school were 6 percentage points more likely to enroll in college.
April 4, 2018
Voucher waivers for struggling private schools are ‘out of control,’ Indiana official says
Ever since a state law was passed last year, Indiana private schools have been allowed to ask for a waiver to accept…
dotting the i's
March 2, 2018
Group that supported Douglas County anti-voucher candidates fined in campaign finance case
A judge found no attempt to deceive voters because the group disclosed "the key fact that a large national union of teachers was attempting to influence the election.”
By the numbers
March 1, 2018
Indiana still has the nation’s largest voucher program. But growth is slowing down.
More than 35,000 Hoosier students receive vouchers to help pay for private school tuition.
By the numbers
February 12, 2018
Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training
The budget plan, released Monday, amounts to a doubling down on Betsy DeVos’s central belief. (It's also likely to be ignored.)
February 1, 2018
New charter organization led by Christian Brothers University president seeks to take over Jubilee schools
John Smarrelli is the board chairman of a new charter organization, New Day Schools, that announced its intent to convert nine Catholic schools to charters.
January 30, 2018
What needs to happen for a group of Memphis Catholic schools to become charters
No shortage of things must happen for the financially strapped schools to be transformed into what would be the largest charter school network in Memphis.
January 26, 2018
The Douglas County voucher case is finally over
Elections have consequences, and this week the Colorado Supreme Court delivered on one.
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.
school choice word choice
January 18, 2018
The ‘V’ word: Why school choice advocates avoid the term ‘vouchers’
Voters said they narrowly opposed school vouchers, 47 to 49 percent, even though similar approaches won much more support.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
January 8, 2018
Vouchers have dominated Tennessee’s ed debate for years, but won’t in 2018. Here’s why — and what could come next.
Here are four explanations behind the dramatic shift — and a look at why the climate could change again next year.
December 22, 2017
A bill that would have piloted vouchers in Memphis dies before the session starts
Rep. Harry Brooks, the Knoxville Republican who sponsored the voucher bill, says he won’t advance it in the House.
2017 in review
December 22, 2017
What we’ve learned: 5 lessons from education research to take into 2018
Researchers have worked through 2017 to separate fact from fiction.
Looking back and ahead
December 21, 2017
Here are six big things that happened in Tennessee in 2017 that will resonate in 2018
From TNReady snafus to pre-K investments, Tennessee faced education challenges and opportunities in 2017 that are sure to make headlines again during the new year.
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
choice for most
December 15, 2017
14 percent of U.S. schools accepting vouchers have anti-LGBT policies, according to new investigation
The story’s analysis and conclusions map closely to those of an investigation we published this summer into how Indiana schools that accept vouchers treat LGBT students.
over and out
December 4, 2017
Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program
The board also voted to direct the school district to end a long-running legal defense of the program.
November 29, 2017
Betsy DeVos tours school during her first Tennessee visit as education chief
The secretary praised career-technical education at a traditional public school, but also put in a good word for vouchers in a state that has consistently eschewed them.
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
November 15, 2017
Trump education nominee pleads ignorance about high-profile voucher studies showing negative results
The nominee to be second-in-command at the Department of Education, said he was not aware of high-profile studies showing that school vouchers can hurt student achievement.
Coming to Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to address Jeb Bush’s education summit in Nashville
The visit will mark DeVos’s first to Tennessee since the Michigan billionaire became President Donald Trump’s secretary of education in February.
Updated November 8, 2017
Anti-voucher slate in Douglas County cruises to victory
One of the Douglas County school board's major reforms on the line is a private-school voucher program.
Colorado Votes 2017
October 26, 2017
Douglas County’s politically charged, voucher-driven school board election explained
The easy answer to the complicated question in Douglas County is private school vouchers.
Following the money
October 18, 2017
Douglas County slate that favors continuing school voucher court case is ahead in early fundraising, records show
The group, which calls itself “Elevate Douglas County,” edged out its competition, by more than $30,000 in monetary contributions to committees for candidates.
September 27, 2017
Florida’s tax credit voucher program helps get students to — but not necessarily through — college, study finds
Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school
September 18, 2017
The rise of tax credits: How Arizona created an alternative to school vouchers — and why they’re spreading
With its adoption of a tax credit scholarship program, Illinois became the 18th state to endorse an innocuously named policy that critics have described as a “backdoor voucher.”
September 14, 2017
Betsy DeVos laments death of Memphis civil rights leader Dwight Montgomery
The local president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was one of few prominent black civil rights leaders to back the divisive education chief.
September 11, 2017
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit Colorado this week
The department declined to identify which Colorado schools — public or private — DeVos will visit, saying that announcement will come Tuesday.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Chalkbeat explains: When can private schools discriminate against students?
Here’s your guide to understanding when, why and how private schools can say no to some students.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies
One in 10 of Indiana’s voucher schools publicly shares a policy suggesting or declaring that LGBT students are not welcome.
August 7, 2017
Even with a voucher, families find themselves facing extra fees for private school
A new study finds that families who use a private-school voucher are happy with their choice — but also points to an obstacle that keeps some families from using a voucher at all.
July 30, 2017
Do vouchers actually expand school choice? Not necessarily — it depends on how they’re designed
Who benefits most from private school voucher programs: families with few options or the schools themselves?
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
July 12, 2017
Report: Special education voucher program leaves some of New York City’s poorest families without services
"The process itself is in violation of the law."
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
Updated August 15, 2018
Do school vouchers ‘work’? As the debate heats up, here’s what research really says
Do vouchers raise test scores or lower them? Do they damage public schools or push them to improve? Here's your cheat sheet to the big questions about school vouchers.
back to the future
June 27, 2017
Colorado Supreme Court ordered to reconsider Douglas County school voucher case
The edict comes a day after the nation’s highest court issued a ruling on a case that touched on similar issues.
Decisions & Choices
June 26, 2017
Douglas County voucher supporters encouraged by Supreme Court decision in similar case
Opponents to the Douglas County voucher program saw something to like in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision too.
Voucher debate update
June 26, 2017
Students given vouchers in Louisiana do worse than their peers. But new research shows some kids catch up
The Louisiana Scholarship Program is the seventh-largest voucher program in the country, serving over 7,000 students.
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