2014 May School Reform News

Issue Date: 
May, 2014
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The May issue of School Reform News reports the Arizona state supreme court refused to take up an appeal of a lower court’s decision in favor of the state’s education savings account (ESA) program. By allowing the lower court decision to stand, the state supreme court may have paved the way for other states to take up the innovative program. “The life cycle of school choice programs is almost predictable,” notes Jonathan Butcher, education director of Arizona’s Goldwater Institute. “It gets passed into law, the union sues, the court decides, and if the decide favorably, other states start doing it.”

Also in this issue:

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill in March officially rejecting Common Core national standards, making it the first state to do so.
  • After their school district repeatedly ignored pleas for reform, South Carolina parents petition for a Parent Trigger bill.
  • Bolstered by throngs of parents, the Oklahoma House passes a bill to repeal Common Core.
  • Mississippi schools have some of the worst outcomes for special-needs kids in the nation. A choice bill may change that.
  • A Minnesota bill would make “almost anything” in school a punishable offence.
  • Online education helped one teen start buying houses at age 15.
  • New Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum views America through a warped lens.

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