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Updated April 22, 2019
Charter networks KIPP and IDEA win big federal grants to fund ambitious growth plans
KIPP is slated to receive $86 million over five years. IDEA, a Texas-based charter network, won an expected $116 million over five years.
Fixing Special Education
March 11, 2019
The feds have called out New York for a decade on its special education record. That’s news to some policymakers.
For the past decade, the federal government has identified New York as a state that needs help complying with special education laws.
February 28, 2019
Few students with disabilities use Tennessee voucher program, now in its second full year
Only 137 out of 42,000 eligible students are using the state's Individualized Education Account program.
October 4, 2018
The big IDEA: Inside the fast-growing charter network you might not know yet
In 10 years, the Texas-based IDEA wants to reach 250,000 students, putting it on par with the country’s largest school districts. It's an expansion worth watching.
regulation roll back
July 3, 2018
DeVos presses pause on special education rule, highlighting ongoing discrimination debate
The Department of Education halted a rule designed to stop students of color from being over-identified as having a disability wading into a complicated research dispute
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Chalkbeat explains: When can private schools discriminate against students?
Here’s your guide to understanding when, why and how private schools can say no to some students.
June 12, 2017
Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12
"Why are some networks with terrible average growth allowed to continue to operate multiple schools?” the report asks.
April 4, 2017
Amended bill could add 13,000 students to Tennessee’s first foray into vouchers
A bill that originally had nothing to do with school vouchers now could reallocate tens of thousands of public dollars to private services for special-needs students.
SCOTUS on IDEA
March 22, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court, in landmark decision, strengthens rights for students with disabilities
Students with learning disabilities are due “appropriately ambitious” education plans that ensure they will advance through public schools similarly to other students.
Numbers are in
March 6, 2017
Three months into Tennessee’s first voucher foray, 35 students are enrolled
About 20,000 students were eligible for the program, which gives students with certain disabilities public money for private services.
February 7, 2017
Worried Betsy DeVos could ‘destroy’ public education? Here’s what you should know
Here’s what you should read to start getting a handle on the possibilities.
Charters & Choice
March 23, 2015
Another voucher bill – for students with special needs – advancing in legislature
While bills that would bring private school vouchers to Tennessee have grabbed headlines, a more far-reaching voucher initiative is advancing through the legislature with little fanfare.
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