Feb 27 2004 Osceola [FL] News-Gazette
District may sue state over charter schools

By Charlie Reed

The Osceola County School Board is considering whether to file a lawsuit against the Florida Board of Education after the board recently overruled a local decision not to allow any more charter schools in Osceola County.

For the full story, go to the web site of Osceola News-Gazette.

Feb 27 2004 National Review Online
The Evolution of Conservatism
Should the Supreme Court clear the way for school choice?

by Ramesh Ponnuru

I've been reading various press releases and analyses from conservatives (and, to a lesser extent, libertarians) about the Supreme Court's Locke v. Davey  ruling. At issue was whether a state government can exclude, from a scholarship program, a student who was planning to study devotional theology. The Court ruled that it can do that without violating the free-exercise clause, and it can do the opposite without violating the establishment clause. So, in other words, states have free rein to do as they wish.

For the full story, go to the web site of National Review Online.

Feb 28 2004 The Tennesean
Plan would let charter schools help more kids


Charter schools in Tennessee may someday be able to open their doors to any students who need extra help, no matter which school they attend.

Right now, these independent public schools are allowed to accept students only from those regular public schools that aren't making the grade.

For the full sroty, go to the web site of the Tennessean.

Feb 26 2004 Palm Beach [FL] Post
High court ruling could help Fla. voucher opponents

By S.V. Date

TALLAHASSEE -- Opponents of Florida's school voucher programs got a legal lift Wednesday from the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that a state constitution can lawfully prohibit spending public money for a religious purpose.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Palm Beach Post.

Feb 26 2004 The Boston Globe
Quick facts about Mass. charter schools

By Peter Schworm

What is a charter school?

Operating independent of local school committees, charter schools are intended to promote innovative ways of teaching. They control their own budgets and staff and have the freedom to design their own course of study.

For the full story, go to the web site of The Boston Globe.

Feb 26 2004 The Oregonian
More parents turn to home-schooling
The number of home-schoolers rises in most Washington County districts as families see problems in public schools

The number of home-schooled students in most districts in Washington County rose this year and could rise again next year. While reasons for home schooling run the gamut, many home-schooling families say school budget crunches -- including bigger class sizes and fewer school resources -- influenced their decision to learn from home.

"I started 10 years ago, and now everywhere I go, someone is home-schooling or someone's relative is home-schooling," said Annette Salsman of Tigard, president of the Oregon Home Education Network, who home-schools her three children: Alex, 15, Kelsey, 12, and Kira, 6. "Every year, it explodes -- there's more and more."

For the full story, go to teh web site of The Oregonian.

Feb 25 2004 [Auburn, ME] WMTW
Lawyer: Ruling could affect school vouchers

By John McCarthy
At stake is whether school voucher programs must include students who want to attend religious schools.

For the full story, go to the web site of WMTW.

Feb 25 2004 [Scranton, PA] Newswatch 16
Choosing Charter Schools

By Rob Stewart
There are 90 charter schools in Pennsylvania, with a total of 34,000 students. That's the tenth largest charter population in the nation.

For the full story, go to the web site of Newswatch 16.

Feb 25 2004 [Sarasota, FL] HeraldTribune
Board of Education allows new charter schools


MALDEN, Mass. --
After hearing from a phalanx of opponents and under threat of a lawsuit, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to allow new charter schools in Cambridge, Lynn, Marlboro and Barnstable.

For the full story, go to the web site of the HeraldTribune.

March 1 2004 School Choice News
Leading Democrat Offers Choice Bill in New Mexico

Written By: George A. Clowes

In a move that could signal a major change in the politics of school choice, New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Manny M. Aragon (D-Albuquerque) in January introduced a school choice bill that would allow more than 30,000 K-8 students from low-income families to exit New Mexico’s public schools over the next four years and transfer to a private school or another public school using a student scholarship worth an average of about $6,500.

For the full story, go to the web site of School Reform News.

Mar 1 2004 School Reform News
The ABCs of School Choice

Written By: George A. Clowes

When there were just two small school choice programs in the nation--in Vermont and in Maine--keeping up-to-date wasn’t too difficult. Now, with new programs being enacted every year, it’s much more of a challenge to stay informed not only about different types of programs in different states but also about the regulations governing each program and about research results from specific programs.

For the full story, go to the web site of School Reform News.

Feb 24 2004 The [Twin Falls, Idaho] Times-News
Home schoolers get lawmakers to back off

By Julie Pence

BOISE -- Home-schooling parent John Doherty of Jerome was relieved when he heard Friday the state's truancy laws will remain unchanged for the time being.

Doherty, and hundreds of other home-schooling parents throughout the state, were convinced that legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, could make them vulnerable to prosecution for not putting their children in public schools.

For the full story, go to the web site of The Times-News.

Feb 22 2004 [Greater Richmond, Indiana] Palladium-Item
Group plans new charter attempt
Education: Citizens for School Choice developing proposal

By Mary Sell

Citizens for School Choice will have the first of four public information sessions Monday about the Richmond group's effort to create a charter school.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Palladium-Item.

Feb 23 2004 Chicago Sun-Times
Capitalism best cure for dismal education system

Face it: Capitalism gets a bad rap these days. Executives are seen as greedy shysters who do anything to make a buck. Companies are perceived as amoral exploiters of the poor, and polluters of the environment.

The popular consensus suggests that neither can be trusted.

It's that recent history that makes Education and Capitalism: How Overcoming Our Fear of Markets and Economics Can Improve America's Schools (Hoover Press, 362 pages, $15) such a bold and brazen book.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Feb 23 2004 New Democrats Online
New Dem of the Week: Terrance Carroll
Colorado State Representative

The state of Colorado passed its Charter School Act in 1993 when Roy Romer was governor. A decade later, public charter schools are thriving: There are over 90 schools serving almost 30,000 students, about 4 percent of total public school enrollment.

For the full story, go to the web site of New Democrats Online.

Feb 23 2004 The [Southern New England] Herald News
Critics aim to block formation of new charter schools

-- Charter school opponents plan to lobby for a moratorium on granting new charters today, the day before a Board of Education vote on approving licenses for new charter schools in Cambridge, Lynn and Marlboro [Massachusetts].

Opposition to charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately run, has peaked this year because of the state’s inability to reimburse school districts that lose students -- and money -- to charter schools.

For the full story, go to the web site of The Herald News.

Feb 18 2004 Statesman Journal
Charter schools must not rely on donations
Charter schools should be required to present realistic, long-term financial projections and sources of income. Only a tiny fraction of revenue should be projected to come from unspecified fund-raising.

For the full story, go to the web site of Statesman Journal.

Feb 17 2004 Deseret News
Voucher bill hits snag
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook

A bill that would provide a government voucher for students with disabilities to attend private schools hit a dead end Monday following an emotional, two-hour committee hearing.
"They're afraid of the doors it will open" to future vouchers or tuition tax credits for all children, said Frank Smith, father of the 5-year-old student at the Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism. "This is not a voucher — it's a scholarship for special needs kids."

For the full story, go to the web site of Deseret News.

Feb 17 2004 NBC Newschannel 6

An Idaho senator seeks comparable coursework for home-schoolers. Friday, the Senate Education Committee passed a measure that would crack down on parents who falsely claim to home school their children.
Kristina Davenport/Home Schooler--

"They're saying that if we don't teach our children at home comparably to the public schools. What is comparable? What are we comparing it to? What are the guidelines? It's kind of vague."

For the full story, go to the website of NBC Newschannel 6.

Feb 10 2003 The New York State Senate
Tuition tax credit bill in New York State Senate
1 Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
2 the "educational tax incentives act."

The read the full bill and see its status, go to the web site of the New York State Senate and search on Bill No. S1665 or A3590.

Feb 15 2004 Shawano Leader
Virtual charter schools growing in popularity

By Carol Wagner, of the Leader staff

After home schooling for four years, two of Lorie Brunner's sons are enrolled for the second year in the virtual charter school, Wisconsin Connections Academy.

Brunner, who lives near Cecil, said there are two main reasons she joined WCA -- relieving the cost of home-schooling and getting teacher support. Students learn at home under the guidance of their parents who are given direction by certified teachers.

For the full story, go to the website of Shawano Leader.

Feb 14 2004 The Honolulu Advertiser
Residents launch petition for charter school in Waimanalo

By Eloise Aguiar

WAIMANALO — Community leaders will launch a petition drive today toward the goal of converting struggling Blanche Pope Elementary to a charter school, a move that carries political overtones but could mean more money and autonomy for the campus.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Honolulu Advertiser.

Feb 14 2004 The Provo (Utah) Daily Herald
Tuition tax credit bill sent to committee

Amie Rose

Tuition tax credits won't hurt charities or public schools and will give lower- and middle-income families a chance to send their children to private schools, the Utah Taxpayers Association says.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Provo Daily Herald.

Feb 15 2004 The Arizona Republic
Vouchers of $3,200 per child proposed
Lawmakers want state-funded aid for private tuition

Pat Kossan

If you send your child to a private school, a group of Arizona lawmakers wants to give you $3,200 of state money each year to help you pay tuition.
• The tuition gift would encourage parents to move their children out of public schools into private schools.

• For every child who entered private school, the state would save $1,500 because $3,200 is 80 percent of the average amount the state spends to educate a child.

for the full story, go to the web site of The Arizona Republic.

Dec 3 2003 The Canarsie Courier
Cops Say They’re Watching Youths "Hanging Out" On Street Corners

By Raymond E. Dowd

Gary Popkin of the School Choice Party was also a guest speaker, explaining the merits of his new political party and inviting everyone to join and consider running for public office.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Canarsie Courier.

Feb 8 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune
Tuition tax credits: A fix for something that's not broken

By Kim R.Burningham and Steven O. Laing

Utah students already have the right to attend any public school that is not overcrowded.
What tuition tax credit proponents are really arguing for is not choice. Choice exists. What they are arguing for is a new government entitlement program. It's a program that guarantees a right to a private school education at public expense.

For the full story, go to the web site of The Salt Lake Tribune.

Feb 12 2004 The Salt Lake City Deseret News
Tuition tax credits called money savers
Advocates say that HB271 would save $5 million first year

By Jennifer Toomer-Cook

Tuition tax credits would save Utah more than $5 million in education spending next fiscal year, and more than $2 million the year after, legislative budget crunchers say.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Salt Lake City Deseret News.

Feb 9 2004 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Schools clamor for choice vouchers
Officials foresee reaching enrollment cap soon


The number of schools hoping to participate in Milwaukee's voucher program next school year has surged, with 154 schools registering by the deadline.

Currently, 106 schools participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, which allows low-income families to attend private schools using vouchers.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.

Feb 13 2004 The San Francisco Chronicle
Bush spotlights school vouchers for D.C. students

BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer

President Bush said Friday the first federal experiment in school vouchers will liberate District of Columbia families and fuel the school choice movement.
Voucher opponents, meanwhile, are trying to halt the program. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., plans to file a bill that would redirect the program's $14 million to public schools.

For the full story, go to the web site of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Feb 13 2004 Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
The news source for Mattoon and Charleston, Illinois.
Also serving Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties.
Panel: No extracurriculars for home-schooled

BY DAVE FOPAY, Staff Writer

A committee that looked into a parent request to allow home-schooled students to participate in district extracurricular activities is suggesting the board not allow it. The recommendation is on the agenda for the board's meeting on Wednesday.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier.

Feb 13 2004 The Daily Mississippian
Home schooling on the rise
Requirements differ with each state

by Ben Beitzel
DM City News Editor
Though the number of home schooling families in the United States is hard to determine because different states treat the issue differently, Laura Derrick, president of the National Home Education Network, said the numbers have been on the rise.

"It appears to be increasing by 10 to 20 percent in most areas," Derrick said.

For the full story, go to the web site of The Daily Mississippian.

Feb 10 2004 The Akron Beacon Journal
White Hat to open Fla. charter schools

AKRON - White Hat Management will open charter schools in Florida, the Akron-based company headed by businessman David Brennan said Monday.
White Hat Management has 19 charter schools in Ohio, Arizona and Colorado serving 8,000 students.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Feb 13 2004 The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Teachers unions eye charter schools

The Associated Press

(February 13, 2004) — ALBANY — Susanna Ruiz chose to teach at a charter school because of its fresh approach to education.

Now she’s part of an emerging effort nationwide by unions to gain a foothold within charter schools that were created in part to reduce union influence.
“We enjoy the freedom we have here at New Covenant,” she said, citing less bureaucracy.

But now, she said, the 5-year-old school needs some of the rules of a traditional public school: job security, competitive salaries, better working conditions. That would provide a more stable faculty and better school, she said.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Feb 13 2004 The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
School-choice rules eased
Chances for neighborhood spot improve; registration delayed.

By Heather Hare
Staff Writer

(February 13, 2004) — Rochester students have a better chance of getting into their neighborhood schools after board members voted Thursday to amend the City School District’s new elementary school-choice policy.
The controversial plan is intended to give parents the choice among schools within their section of the city. That means they would not automatically be assigned to their neighborhood schools. But it also means that there is no guarantee they’ll be able to send their children to those schools.

For the full story, go to the web site of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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