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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?
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