April 2004 School Reform News

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April, 2004
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The April issue of School Reform News reports on the U.S. Supreme Court’s February 25 ruling in Locke v. Davey, which concluded Washington State was within its rights in denying scholarship aid to a college student studying for the ministry.

Voucher foes have claimed the decision as a victory for their position that public funds may not flow to religious schooling. The Court majority, however, made clear that point was “not at issue in this case.” In Davey, the High Court upheld only a narrow point: a state’s prerogative not to subsidize vocational training of ministers.

The April issue’s featured interview is with Rebeca Nieves Huffman, president of the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (CREO). Huffman touts school choice as “an immediate solution” for Hispanic families, whose children are being crippled educationally by the culture of low expectations that pervades public schooling.

Also in this issue: Bush touts DC vouchers; the Teaching Commission endorses merit pay; the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation ranks school choice programs across the country; CEOs from the nation’s leading high-tech companies warn U.S. students are ill-prepared for twenty-first century jobs; teacher certification, school choice litigation, and more.

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