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02/29/2024 - Education commissioner: Most children using voucher plan never attend public school

Tennessee’s education commissioner testified before a House subcommittee on Tuesday that more than half of the students currently using school vouchers have never attended a public school. Department of Education Commissioner Lizzette Reynolds was discussing Governor Bill Lee’s school voucher expansion plan before the House K-12 Education Subcommittee. “Most of these children that are in these schools have not been in a public school prior to them entering into this school. So, we’re talking 53 percent right now,” Reynolds said.

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02/29/2024 - As a Tennessee rural educator, I fear that school voucher expansion will hurt our children

The National Rural Education Association (NREA) advocates for equitable educational opportunities for the nearly 9 million students attending rural public schools across America. Tennessee has over 600,000 students in rural districts that are the backbone of our communities. But now our rural schools face an existential threat from school vouchers.

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02/29/2024 - Georgia citizens largely reject school vouchers, favor public school support, poll reveals

A poll by a nonprofit in Georgia shows residents are largely against the state’s school voucher proposal. The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) surveyed more than 1,800 people across the state earlier this month. Their poll found 58 percent of North Georgia residents would not support a voucher plan if it took money from public schools.

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02/28/2024 - MT teachers union files pair of ‘school choice’ lawsuits

Montana’s largest teachers union has filed two lawsuits against “school choice” measures in the state. Montana lawmakers passed House Bill 393 last year, creating Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) that would allow parents to use public money to pay for kids’ private school tuition. Montana’s is a little different than similar ESAs around the country, in that it applies only to special education student tuition. Montana Federation of Public Employees President Amanda Curtis said funding the ESAs can’t help but affect public school students. “The voucher scheme will defund Montana’s public schools,” said Curtis, “which takes away the constitutional right of every Montana kid to a free, quality public education.” Curtis added that in order for a special education student to receive state money in an ESA, the family has to waive its right to federal special-ed benefits – which she contends also unconstitutional.

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02/26/2024 - Pennsylvanians should be wary of school vouchers programs. They’re a bad idea. | Opinion

Voucher programs such as the PASS, Lifeline, and Education Savings Account (ESA) vouchers that have been supported by Gov. Josh Shapiro and some state lawmakers are peddled as having strong guardrails, a low cost, and being limited to only a small, select group of students. However, we have seen that the stroke of a pen in a state Capitol can strip out accountability and turn a limited voucher program into one with universal eligibility, exploding costs for taxpayers, reducing funding available for public schools, and creating endless opportunities for waste, fraud, and abuse.

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02/25/2024 - SCHOOL VOUCHER FOLLY

Tennessee SB 2787 (also, HB 2468) is one of those odd little legislative tricks beloved by both parties and mysterious to ordinary mortals. It started out as a bill requiring the department of education to study school choice in other states and then make a report. Except by the time it’s done it won’t be about that at all.

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02/23/2024 - Opinion: School vouchers are bad for our democracy

School vouchers, in contrast, promote a segregated society — allowing parents to isolate their children away from more diverse communities, and leaving our children less practiced in the citizenship skills mentioned above.

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02/22/2024 - Private schools cherry pick students. It is unconstitutional to give them taxpayer money.

Vouchers hurt Ohio. As the current lawsuit against the State of Ohio makes clear, it is unconstitutional to use public tax dollars for private schools.

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02/21/2024 - Educators voice concern PA school voucher programs ‘discriminate’

“They go to schools, which are allowed to – permitted to – discriminate based on any facts, religion, gender, political beliefs, anything they want,” said Steinberg. “There’s no restriction on that money. And there’s no accountability for how it is spent. So, the choice really goes to the schools, not students – so there’s no benefit to them whatsoever.”

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02/21/2024 - Ex-boyfriend tipped off investigators to ESA, health care fraud suspect

An ex-boyfriend’s tip led to the indictment of an Arizona woman accused of defrauding the state’s private school voucher program and healthcare system over several years. The tipster told the Arizona Attorney General’s Office while he was dating 44-year-old Michelle Dils of Phoenix, Dils asked him to help her forge timecards and “pretend to provide educational services” for her son in an ongoing ruse.

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02/20/2024 - School vouchers hurting students’ academic performance, several studies show https://kentuckylantern.com/2024/02/19/school-vouchers-hurting-students-academic-performance-several-studies-show/ #SchoolVoucherScam$

Unfortunately for voucher recipients and those who claim that private schools are somehow better than public schools, researchers at the University of Notre Dame studied Indiana’s costly voucher program and determined that students using vouchers were not keeping up academically with public school students.

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02/20/2024 - Educators voice concern PA school voucher programs ‘discriminate’

“They go to schools, which are allowed to – permitted to – discriminate based on any facts, religion, gender, political beliefs, anything they want,” said Steinberg. “There’s no restriction on that money. And there’s no accountability for how it is spent. So, the choice really goes to the schools, not students – so there’s no benefit to them whatsoever.”

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