2011 May School Reform News

Issue Date: 
May, 2011
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The May issue of School Reform News reports on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of the Arizona tuition tax credit scholarship program. The majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, clearly recognized that money contributed by individuals or corporations to school tuition organizations was their own money, not the government’s.

Also in this issue:

  • The long-term continuing federal budget resolution Republican leaders on Capitol Hill brokered with President Barack Obama included language to reauthorize and expand the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich included Parent Trigger language in his proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Maine legislators are debating similar legislation. Meanwhile, a Parent Trigger amendment in Colorado was rebuffed by lawmakers there, following the defeat of identical legislation in the House.
  • After a nearly month-long walkout by Democrat lawmakers, the Indiana State Senate approved HB 1003, which would establish a statewide voucher program serving up to 15,000 low- and middle-income families by the 2012–13 academic year.
  • Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed the third of a trio of education reform bills that give local districts greater flexibility in allocating funds previously designated for class-size reduction, modestly raises teacher base pay, and increases funding for digital learning and classroom technology.
  • Texas Senate Bill 1483 by state Sen. Florence Shapiro would significantly expand the Texas Virtual School Network, which was established in 2009 and has grown to 10,000 students. Currently, only existing school districts may provide online or distance-learning courses.
  • American schools may be on the verge of a revolution in which “smartphones” increasingly replace textbooks and other materials in the classroom. Advocates say the shift could save school districts and taxpayers money.

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