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Join Reason Foundation for National School Choice Week 2012 in New Orleans on Saturday, January 21 Join Reason Foundation for National School Choice Week 2012 in New Orleans on Saturday, January 21
You're invited to join Reason Foundation and other advocates of School Choice at the official kickoff event for National School Choice Week 2012 in New Orleans on Saturday, January 21, 2012. First, the details:   Saturday, January 21, 2012 Lakefront Arena at the University of New Orleans 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122   10:30 AM to 12:30 PM RSVP online...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
2729 Hits, 255 Comments, Added On 1/11/2012 11:17:00 AM

University of Kentucky Smart to Explore Private Sector for New Campus Housing University of Kentucky Smart to Explore Private Sector for New Campus Housing
As my colleague Leonard Gilroy and I explain today in our Reason.org commentary, University of Kentucky Smart to Explore Private Sector for New Campus Housing, ongoing state budget deficits and challenges are putting pressure on state university systems and prompting them to explore ways to cut costs. Higher education officials are desperately seeking ways to keep services, maintain facilities and find less costly and more efficient ways to build and modernize the dorms, academic buildings and other...
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Author: harris.kenny@reason.org (Harris Kenny)
2965 Hits, 355 Comments, Added On 12/15/2011 8:50:00 AM

Surprise, Surprise, California Gov. Jerry Brown Calls for More Tax Increases Surprise, Surprise, California Gov. Jerry Brown Calls for More Tax Increases
To the surprise of no one, California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his plan calling for more tax increases to address the state's structural deficit.  The proposal, for which signatures are now being gathered with a goal of placing a ballot measure before voters in the November 2012 election, includes a half-cent sales tax increase and an income tax rate increase of one to two percentage points for those earning at least $250,000 a year, and would remain in effect for five years. As the Los Angeles...
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Author: adam.summers@reason.org (Adam Summers)
1827 Hits, 33 Comments, Added On 12/6/2011 4:07:00 PM

Charter Schools more like Vouchers: New Jersey Edition Charter Schools more like Vouchers: New Jersey Edition
Legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie will allow private schools in struggling districts to become charter schools. In this case it works just like vouchers where the money follows the child to the private school that the parent chooses.  Under the legislation (A2806/S1858), high-performing private schools can apply to the state education commissioner to make the change. Because charter schools receive public funding, parochial schools making the transition will be barred from religious...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
1891 Hits, 6 Comments, Added On 11/16/2011 10:37:00 AM

Charter School Market Share: D.C. Edition Charter School Market Share: D.C. Edition
According to the Washington Post, Washington DC charters may soon be the majority school system like New Orleans.  Charter students are gaining... #winning October count came in at 46,191--that's down 419 students, about six-tenths of a percent-- from last fall's 46,515. That was when the District received a 1.6 percent bump over 2009.The city's public charter schools continued their robust growth. The Public Charter School Board reported unaudited enrollment at 32,009--an 8.2 percent boost...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
1915 Hits, 10 Comments, Added On 11/7/2011 10:18:00 AM

School District is Dead, Long Live the Schools: Oakland Edition School District is Dead, Long Live the Schools: Oakland Edition
In a new piece at Reason.com on the Oakland charter school revolution I tell the story of how charter schools are not just for low-performing schools anymore. Successful public schools want the charter advantage too: The majority of charter schools have started in urban areas with long histories of trapping kids in failing schools and reflect the story line told in the documentary Waiting For Superman, where desperate disadvantaged children vie for their spot in the local charter school. In addition,...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
2091 Hits, 8 Comments, Added On 11/4/2011 9:57:00 AM

A Sea Change for School Funding in America A Sea Change for School Funding in America
In the United States, we are in a great transition period, moving from funding institutions to funding students. K-12 education funding, across multiple sectors, is moving closer to how we fund higher education in the United States. We are moving away from a system funded by local resources and driven by residential assignment to a system where funding is driven by parental choice and put in the child's rhetorical "backpack." At Learning Matters an affiliate of PBS Newshour, I make the case...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
1995 Hits, 17 Comments, Added On 10/21/2011 9:49:00 AM

In Louisiana Student-Based Budgeting Logical Extension of Charter School Movement In Louisiana Student-Based Budgeting Logical Extension of Charter School Movement
In light of Saturday's state school board elections in Louisiana, The Pelican Institute's Kevin Mooney makes the case that "strong performing charter schools in the Recovery School District (RSD) make a compelling case for even greater decentralization in Louisiana's education system, according to the proponents of student based budgeting." This is especially true now that 80 percent of students in New Orleans are enrolled in charter schools where the "money follows the child" and student...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
1779 Hits, 8 Comments, Added On 10/21/2011 9:30:00 AM

Universal Charter Schools in New Orleans Universal Charter Schools in New Orleans
My favorite report of the year is out. Instead of universal preschool, how about universal charter schools in New Orleans and many other cities with increasing market share. Charter schools can hardly be accused of creaming or discrimination when every student is enrolled in a charter school.  A record number of school districts—six—have at least 30 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools, according to an annual report released Monday by...
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Author: lisa.snell@reason.org (Lisa Snell)
1964 Hits, 6 Comments, Added On 10/17/2011 9:46:00 AM

Gov. Brown Signs Controversial AB 438, Imposing Restrictions on Local Gov'ts Gov. Brown Signs Controversial AB 438, Imposing Restrictions on Local Gov'ts
This weekend California Governor Jerry Brown signed 33 bills into law and vetoed 15 bills, included among the signed bills is the controversial Assembly Bill 438. As I wrote in a September Orange County Register op-ed, AB 438 will prevent cities from making choices about what is best for their own libraries. The bill imposes a litany of regulations that will make it more difficult for cities to find ways to reduce operating expenses and keep libraries open by partnering with the private sector. Gov....
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Author: harris.kenny@reason.org (Harris Kenny)
3167 Hits, 277 Comments, Added On 10/10/2011 8:24:00 AM

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