The June 2009 issue of School Reform News reports on a May 6 rally that attracted some 2,000 people to the nation’s capital, where parents and children alike expressed support for the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Also in this issue:
* South Carolina could become the latest state to implement a tax credit scholarship program allowing
low-income children to attend the private school of their parents’ choice.
* Federal stimulus funds heading to the states for spending on schools have some concerned the funding will allow states to stall much-needed reforms.
* Texas lawmakers may lift the state cap on charter schools and increase their funding.
* A new report calls for a sliding scale of accountability for private schools that receive public funds to help educate students, but experts are divided over the best approach.
* Parents and students in Florida are upset over legislators’ recent efforts to cut millions of dollars in funding from the Florida Virtual School, a popular online education program serving nearly 100,000 students statewide.
* The most recent installment in an ongoing study of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program shows vouchers are helping students make academic gains while saving taxpayer dollars.
* Michigan lawmakers dropped consideration of a costly teachers union-inspired bill to fund early retirement plans for thousands of teachers statewide.