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Obenshain comments on veto of charter schools bill

Sen. Mark Obenshain expressed disappointment that efforts to expand charter schools in Virginia have hit another roadblock.


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Senate upholds local control for charter schools

A Senate committee declined to report Del. Rob Bell’s (R-Charlottesville) charter schools proposal.


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House passes constitutional amendment on public charter schools

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a constitutional amendment on Friday that will lead to the creation of more public charter schools in Virginia.


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Senate panel advances charter school amendment

A Senate committee advanced an effort that would allow the state Board of Education to unilaterally create charter schools anywhere in the Commonwealth.


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Charter schools, and other right-libertarian false gods

Charter schools, for the libertarian establishment, are what passes for “free market reform” in public education. They’re regularly pushed by mainstream libertarian think tanks, and at Reason they’re topped only by Uber, right-to-work laws and defined-contribution pensions on the list of libertarian shibboleths.


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House passes Del. Rob Bell’s charter school constitutional amendment

The Virginia House of Delegates today passed an amendment to Virginia’s Constitution that would grant the Virginia Board of Education authority to establish charter schools in the Commonwealth.


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Mark Obenshain: Historic day for charter schools

Wednesday was an historic day for education reform in Virginia, as the Senate passed my resolution that could result in a constitutional amendment, giving charter schools a chance to succeed in Virginia.


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Senate passes top-down charter school amendment on party-line vote

The Senate voted 21-17 along party lines on Wednesday to approve Sen. Mark Obenshain’s (R – Rockingham) SJ 256, a constitutional amendment that would allow the State Board of Education, subject to guidelines set by the General Assembly, to establish charter schools anywhere in the Commonwealth — with or without the approval of communities and local school boards.


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Mark Obenshain: The governor is at it again

Last night, both chambers of the General Assembly convened with other government leaders to hear the Governor deliver the annual “State of the Commonwealth” address.


Ken Plum: Yesterday’s solution

A press release from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office last month proclaimed that a charter school bill the governor signed put Virginia in the “vanguard of the National Charter School Movement.” While a certain amount of hype is to be expected in any press release, this one may have gone over the top. In considering the […]


McDonnell: ‘The education of our children is not a partisan issue’

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell used the occasion of the visit of President Barack Obama and United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Commonwealth on Tuesday to raise attention to the joint interest of McDonnell and Obama in public charter schools. McDonnell has pledged the full support of […]


Charter school debate

   Column by Ken Plum www.kenplum.com Among the topics that are likely to be fiercely debated this legislative session are revisions to Virginia’s charter-school law. The Center for Education Reform, advocates for expanding charter schools, recently gave Virginia a failing grade on its charter school law (www.charterschoolresearch.com). An idea of what the Center feels is […]


Charter schools, when explained, get support

VCU survey shows most know little about charter-school concept Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia residents are not well informed about charter schools but a majority support them when charter school programs are explained, according to a new statewide survey conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The Commonwealth Education Poll finds only 8 percent say they […]