LFA Updates

School choice advocates who want to allow students to use public money to attend private school recently had a major win with a little-known school choice policy in Arizona . There, Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a bill allowing any of the states’ students access to education savings...
Education Savings Accounts are an indirect way to use taxpayer money to provide funding for private, parochial, and other forms of non-public education. A recent webinar with the Learning First Alliance and representatives from the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) examined the nuts and bolts of this type of tax...
I recently attended an event on Race, Poverty, and School Reform, and I was surprised to hear almost every panelist discuss choice as the best way to reform schools. Research doesn’t support their claims, however. While choice is great and helps parents find programs and schools that best fit their...
With the Senate debating the confirmation of a staunch school choice advocate to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education, veteran Washington insider and public schools advocate Arnold Fege discusses the differences in school choice mechanisms for parents and taxpayers. Do you think you know about tuition tax credits, vouchers,...
Giving parents and students the ability to choose their school is promoted by supporters as the key to improving American education overall. On the surface, the idea has great appeal. Who, after all, opposes having choices? Indeed, both Republican and Democratic policymakers have embraced school choice in various forms that...
This post was written by the National Coalition for Public Education (AASA serves as co-chair of this coalition) Jan. 25 – 31 is “National School Choice” week. This annual event presents private school voucher proponents with the opportunity to tout the supposed benefits of “school choice,” an innocuous-sounding moniker that...
Patte Barth, Director of the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association, penned the following column for the Huffington Post . House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was speaking recently at the release of the Brookings Institution’s latest report on Education Choice and Competition . Calling these...
By Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association Next week (Jan. 27-31) is National School Choice Week , a campaign whose sponsors include proponents of vouchers, charters, magnets and other schools, though the real focus is on vouchers. When it comes to school choice and vouchers at...
The debate over school vouchers is heating up once again, as are the accompanying arguments about the role of choice in our education system, and the academic, social and emotional impact of vouchers on the students they serve and the public schools they leave. But something that I am not...