January 03, 2006

Great Resource

ECS.jpgThe Education Commission of the States is a great resource of reliable information and research and now provides a database of current information on a variety of subjects relevant to this website: alternative education, choices, charter schools, vouchers and 50 some other topics. These take the form of policy briefs, summaries of each state’s programs, research reports and legislative initiatives by topic. Anyone looking for reliable background information will find their database a priceless resource.

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November 07, 2005

Black Alliance for Educational Options

The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) strives to ensure that quality educational alternatives are available to Black families. Their web site contains definitions and other information on the many types of parental choices now present in schools including the following:

-Charter Schools
-Home Schooling
-Innovations in Traditional Public Schools
-Privately Financed Scholarships
-Public School Contracts with Private Organizations
-Supplementary Education Programs
-Tax-Supported Scholarships (Vouchers)
-Tuition Tax Credits and Deductions
-School Choice Glossary

BAEO leads the fight to empower parents, particularly low income parents, to choose educational programs that help their children succeed.

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June 27, 2005

School Choice Report

The Congressional Research Service produces authoritative reports for Capitol.jpgCongress. The reports are not public but can be requested through your representative or senator, if you know what to ask for. Now a service makes these reports available and I recommend the first 10 pages of an excellent summary of all types of school choices ranging over: intra-district, inter-district, charter schools, tax subsidies, subsidies to private schools, school vouchers, and supplemental educational services. It also describes various types of federal assistance for school choice.

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March 11, 2005

Voucher News in 6 States

Six states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books providing vouchers -- payments from the government to a parent or institution on a parent's behalf to be used for a child's education: (Not considered here are states that allow small tax deductions for educational expenses)

Colorado: Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches in 11 school districts may receive vouchers based on a percentage of the district's per-pupil costs. Law was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court in June 2004. Currently under appeal.

District of Columbia: Allows students in D.C. public schools to receive vouchers of up to $7,500 to pay tuition, fees and transportation expenses at private or parochial schools in the D.C. area.

Florida: Students at "failing" public schools may receive a voucher worth at least $4,000 to attend a higher-scoring public school, private school or parochial school. In November 2004, the law was ruled unconstitutional by the Florida Court of Appeals and is now in limbo.

Ohio: Students in the Cleveland schools can receive vouchers of up to $2,500 to attend schools of their choice. Voucher amount based on student poverty. Program was challenged but upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002.

Wisconsin: Law passed in 1989 allows low-income students in Milwaukee public schools to attend the private or parochial school of their choice at public expense.

Maine and Vermont: Vermont and Maine allow districts to send students to private schools and pay their tuition if no public school exists to serve secondary school students. Both programs do not allow districts to send students to religious schools. Both programs have been unsuccessfully challenged in court. In Vermont, students without nearby public schools can go to approved independent schools or public schools in or outside Vermont.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:06 PM

October 19, 2004


The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation provides a huge amount of information on vouchers as their major advocates. They also provide much backgound information on school choice, its research through online articles and links. Milton Friedman a Nobel Laureate economist and Rose Friedman, also an economist, are an unabashed supporters of "school choice to improve, through competition, the quality of K-12 education for all." This is a good source of background and current information on vouchers and examples of their implementation.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:58 PM

March 24, 2004

Voucher Plans Rated

The Milton Friedman Foundation, a long time proponent of vouchers, has ranked the thirteen voucher plans in the U.S. Florida’s McKay Scholarship ranked the best with an A-. Milwaukee's plan, the oldest got a C. Colorado, the newest, got a B-.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:35 AM

March 03, 2004

Valuable Database of State Alternatives

The Education Commission of the States has compiled a very useful database of all 50 states and the islands showing policies and statutes for educational choices including open enrollment, charter schools, vouchers, tax credits and tax deductions and dual/concurrent enrollment.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:03 AM

January 31, 2004

Recent Reports on Vouchers and Educational Choices

"Evaluation of the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program: 1998-2002" by the Indiana Center for Evaluation presents the accumulated findings of a four-year study of Cleveland's voucher program.

As part of a recently passed spending bill, the U.S. Congress created a publicly funded voucher program for the District of Columbia. The bill provides $13 million to cover vouchers of up to $7,500 for at least 1,700 children once the program is phased in. Children in families whose household income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty line will receive priority.

The Brookings Institution established the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education to explore how CHOICE works and to examine how communities interested in the potential benefits of new school options. The commission's report, entitled "School Choice: Doing It the Right Way Makes a Difference," explores choice in terms of four key issues: benefits to children whose parents choose new schools; benefits to children whose families do not exercise choice; effects on the national commitment to equal opportunity and school desegregation; and advancement of social cohesion and common democratic values.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:13 AM

August 28, 2003


Probably the most vocal and uncompromising voice on vouchers is the Milton & Rose Friedman Foundation who publish The School Choice Advocate. Many past articles are online.


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