2011 April School Reform News

Issue Date: 
April, 2011
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The April issue of School Reform News reports on the U.S. House of Representatives’ late-March vote to approve a bill that would restore the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Also in this issue:

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would make school reform, including an unprecedented expansion of Milwaukee’s two-decade-old voucher program, the centerpiece of his budget plan for the coming fiscal year.
  • The Douglas County, Colorado school board unanimously approved a plan offering vouchers to as many as 500 students to attend the public or private school of their choice, regardless of economic status. Officials estimate the program could save the district $3 million per year.
  • Congress has proposed cutting more than $5 billion from the U.S. Department of Education as part of a broader plan to trim the federal deficit, but the White House countered with a plan that would increase spending.
  • Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) has signed two bills to phase out teacher tenure and phase in performance pay, include student achievement and parental input in professional evaluations, and limit public-employee union collective bargaining. A third bill to overhaul school finance is still pending in the legislature.
  • After a historic vote by the Kentucky Senate to allow a small number of charter schools in the state, Democratic leaders in the state House of Representatives called the bill “dead on arrival.” Charter advocates say they will try again next year.
  • Georgia legislators are considering a pilot program to replace textbooks in the state’s public middle schools with iPads and other electronic readers, joining a burgeoning worldwide trend aimed at reducing education costs and engaging cyber-minded students.

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