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October 26, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Florida’s largest teachers union is appealing to the state Supreme Court a decision a lower court made upholding the state’s tax credit scholarship program.
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Education
October 3, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Dental therapists practice in more than 50 countries, yet all but four states prevent these oral care equivalent of physician assistants from treating patients.
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Health Care
Employment
June 21, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Cascadia Wildlands, an environmental group in Oregon, has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission alleging three Oregon state lawmakers committed ethics violations.
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Environment
May 16, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) took no action on Senate Bill 6194, allowing it to become law without his signature. The new law funds Washington State charter schools from an account in the state’s budget that uses proceeds from the state lottery.
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Education
May 6, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
An Arizona bill to expand eligibility for the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program passed the state’s Senate but failed to pass the House before the session ended.
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Education
May 5, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an Ohio case will force the state into tighter environmental restrictions than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required.
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Energy
Environment
May 4, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Citing separation of powers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a bill that would have given state lawmakers authority over implementing a federal Clean Power Plan. A statement issued by Gov.
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Energy
Regulation
Environment
Climate Change
April 13, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
In a tie 4–4 vote, the nation’s top court effectively ruled in favor of government unions and denied a group of California government school teachers the right to decide whether to contribute to teachers unions. Deciding the case Friedrichs v.
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Government Spending
Law
April 12, 2016
By Mary Tillotson
Taxpayers could save $30 billion if Congress approves a bill to make lottery jackpot winners ineligible for Medicaid, end enhanced Medicaid payments for prisoners, and eliminate an Affordable Care Act (ACA) fund once used to promote a sport called
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Health Care
Law
December 9, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Washington State’s first charter school opened this fall, welcoming students who come from difficult backgrounds—including families touched by violence, drug abuse, and homelessness.
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Education
November 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
While private schools—in particular, Catholic schools—have experienced an enrollment decline in recent years, the Catholic school network Cristo Rey has flourished, opening two to three schools each year.
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Education
November 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A California teacher who wants to opt out of financially supporting the teachers union’s political lobbying is now without professional liability insurance or a contract vote, even though those provisions are part of collective bargaining.
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Education
November 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Washington state’s Supreme Court will determine whether charter schools will be allowed in the state. Hearings are expected to begin in October.
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Education
October 6, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city gives it more money.
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Education
October 3, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor in students’ education, the National Council on Teacher Quality says.
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Education
October 2, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer.
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Education
October 1, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A lawsuit from a Florida union would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs.
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Education
September 3, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer.
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Education
August 12, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer.
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Education
August 4, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Students at many public schools are having personal data collected, stored and distributed to third parties without their parents’ knowledge. “I had a conversation with my high school assistant principal and asked him how much data was being collected.
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Education
July 22, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A lawsuit from a Florida union would eliminate school choice for many low-income students and effectively kill a program to help students with autism and other special needs.
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Education
July 15, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
While private schools—in particular, Catholic schools—have seen an enrollment decline in recent years, the Catholic school network Cristo Rey has flourished, opening two to three schools each year.
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Education
July 7, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
The California Teachers Association has announced plans to appeal a June 10 court decision that struck down teacher tenure statutes and concluded teachers union rules send the worst teachers to the neediest students. The lawsuit, Vergara v.
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Education
June 30, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A week after a California judge ruled on a case involving teacher tenure, dismissals, and layoffs, the National Council for Teacher Quality released its annual report on another fundamental problem: the poor quality of teacher preparation programs.
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Education
May 20, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
More than 2,000 low-income North Carolina parents will be able to send their children to the schools of their choice after all, thanks to the state’s Supreme Court.
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Education
May 14, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Gov. Rick Scott signed an expansion of Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program, allowing partial scholarships to private schools for families that earn a little too much money to be eligible for a full scholarship.
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Education
May 1, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
If a Jewish student refers to the Holocaust and says the German Nazis were evil, and a German student overhears, should the Jewish student be punished for bullying?
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Education
April 30, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
After Louisiana and the U.S. Justice Department both declared victory over a deal in a school voucher lawsuit brought by the Obama administration, a new window has opened: Louisiana parents will be allowed to have their day in court.
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Education
April 30, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
The Illinois House has passed a three-year ban on virtual charter schools, shortly after an existing one-year ban expired. “It’s an amazing story about what they want to do here in Illinois.
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Education
April 24, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
In Mississippi, only 23 percent of special-needs students graduate high school. That’s why state Rep.
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Education
April 23, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Marilyn Johnson couldn’t afford to put her son, Marshall, in a private school. She also said she couldn’t afford not to. “I had researched the inner-city school system, and I knew they wouldn’t be a fit for my son,” Johnson said.
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Education
March 24, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Arizona’s highest court has effectively ruled in favor of the state’s innovative education savings accounts, allowing hundreds of students access to a flexible, tailored education.
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Education
March 7, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Some 4,000 North Carolina families must wait for the courts to untangle a legal challenge involving the state’s voucher program before they’ll know what schools their children can attend next year.
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Education
February 25, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
A bill that could have cramped the independence of Vermont’s independent schools has been set aside, at least for now. “It would have been very burdensome,” said Mill Moore, executive director of the Vermont Independent Schools Association.
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Education
January 14, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
With at least four school-choice bills likely on the table this session, Arizona families could see more options in education in the next school year. Arizona’s education savings accounts (ESAs)—often praised by reformers as being “school choice 2.
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Education
January 13, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
One of the greatest challenges for school choice proponents is simply educating parents that they have a choice.
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Education
January 9, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Low-income and minority parents are good consumers of private schools, capable of holding those schools accountable without mandated testing, said Ben Scafidi, who co-authored a study showing why parents choose private schools.
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Education
January 1, 2014
By Mary Tillotson
Gillian Barclay-Smith, headmaster at a South Carolina school for special-needs students, wanted to be done with administrative work. “My intention was when I left there, I’d write,” she said.
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Education
December 16, 2013
By Mary Tillotson
After 20 years studying special education in charter schools, Lauren Morando Rhim saw little progress.
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Education
December 10, 2013
By Mary Tillotson
The Goldwater Institute has appealed a court ruling that would let the federal government regulate a Louisiana scholarship program that allows low-income students to attend private schools if their local public schools are failing.
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Education
 

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