The May 2008 issue of School Reform News addresses from several angles a February California court decision that parents have no right to homeschool their own children. After a firestorm of criticism, the court decided in late March that it would re-hear the case.
Also on page 1 of this issue:
- On April 1, the George House of Representatives passed a $50 million individual and corporate scholarship tax credit proposal, sending it to Gov. Sonny Perdue for his signature. At press time, Perdue had not committed to signing the bill.
- A diverse coalition of parents, preachers, politicians, and legislative pioneers combined fervor with facts at a school choice rally in the Kentucky capitol rotunda.
- A Florida lawmaker says unmet student needs and a tight budget call for expansion of an established school choice program targeted at families in poverty.
Also in this issue: the federal education budget, tax credits in Maryland and Pennsylvania, racial assignment to schools in Iowa, Florida vouchers, Wyoming charters, dropouts and a college awareness campaign, school finance, and more. Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute reviews Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik, noting author "Chester E. Finn ultimate refuses to acknowledge what all his experience shows: The emperor has not clothes at all."
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