Voucher Program Helps Well-Off Vermonters Pay for Prep School at Public Expense

by Annie Waldman  ProPublica, June 2, 2017, 8 a.m.

Regardless of their income, residents of small Vermont towns can use state vouchers to send their children to boarding schools and ski academies. Some school-choice advocates want to replicate the program nationwide.

via Voucher Program Helps Well-Off Vermonters Pay for Prep School at Public Expense – ProPublica

School Privatization State Report from Network for Public Education

NPE State Report Card 2017

The School Privatization State Report Card is a rating system designed to let the public know what school privatization programs exist in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, we rate the states and DC on the extent to which each state has laws and policies that further school privatization. To learn how we rated each state, go here.





Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

 May 17

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.

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The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to the department, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. It is likely to meet resistance on Capitol Hill because of strong constituencies seeking to protect current funding, ideological opposition to vouchers and fierce criticism of DeVos, a longtime Republican donor who became a household name during a bruising Senate confirmation battle.




Analysis James Meredith: This is what Martin Luther King Jr. would tell school ‘reformers’ – The Answer Sheet


There cannot be a more qualified person to speak about Civil Rights than James Meredith.  Valerie Strauss describes the 83 year old’s history with Martin Luther King and subsequent life-long fight for civil rights.  His and William Doyle’s statement about education reform and choice is well worth reading.

By James Meredith with William Doyle

President Trump calls education the “civil rights issue of our time.”  But he is pursuing education policies that will increase segregation and inequality, dismantle public education in America, and imperil the future of our democracy.