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    Georgia Enacts New School Choice Program

    Earlier today Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation (HB 1133) to create a $50 million school choice tax credit program. The legislation will allow individuals and businesses to take a dollar-for-dollar credit on state taxes for contributions to non-profit groups that fund tuition scholarships. In all, Georgia taxpayers can claim … More

    National Charter Schools Week

    This week is “National Charter Schools Week,” and the Center for Education Reform has a number of ideas for how you can celebrate. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools also released a new poll finding: “More than three out of four voters (77%) favor giving parents more options when … More

    Common Sense Proving Not So Common in Georgia

    Last month we blogged on the remarkable progress Georgia had recently made in advancing equal opportunity in school choice. But now it appears that Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) is becoming a barrier to successful reform. Redstate‘s Erick Erickson reports: Georgia House Bill 881 is legislation in Georgia to help improve … More

    Celebrating Growth in Educational Choice

    This week is “National Charter Schools Week,” an opportunity to educate communities about the opportunities the charter school movement provides and celebrate the success of charter schools nation wide. Heritage scholar Dan Lips writes on charter schools in his paper School Choice: Policy Developments and National Participation Estimates in 2007–2008: … More

    Is This Really What The New York Times Thinks Free Markets Look Like?

    In an otherwise admirable editorial highlighting a new report that shows New York City paid 235 teachers $81 million over two years to do nothing, the New York Times includes this paragraph: Under the new free-market system, teachers who lose their jobs because of budget cuts, program curtailments or school … More

    The Post Vouches for DC Vouchers

    D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty goes to Capitol Hill tomorrow to testify on President Bush’s proposed budget for the District in 2008. In an editorial today, The Washington Post encouraged Mayor Fenty to support the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, which is now helping more than 1,900 disadvantaged kids attend private schools: … More

    More School Choice in Georgia

    ATLANTA — Georgia state Rep. David Casas, speaking to conservative activists from across the country this morning at The Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank, described how a broad coalition in Georgia helped bring school choice to special needs children and put a bill to give school choice tuition tax credits to all children on Gov. … More

    Morning Bell: "An Act of War"

    This week marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most influential reports on the American education system. In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education concluded in A Nation at Risk: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists … More

    A New Policy to Promote School Choice

    In a new report published today by the Goldwater Institute, Heritage education analyst Dan Lips proposed a new tax break for education savings accounts. Arizona is one of more than 30 states that offer a state income tax deduction (or credit) for contributions made into state-sponsored 529 college savings plans. … More

    Bringing Equal Opportunity to Education

    This Sunday the Washington Post profiled some local families who have elected to participate in Maryland’s open enrollment policy that requires “educators to allow families at low-performing schools to transfer not only within but outside their school system.” The Post reports: Among D.C. families of certain means, the start of … More