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August 11, 2017

Pennsylvania Supreme Court enables school district's bad behavior

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Discovery Charter School v. School District of Philadelphia. As we discussed last year, Discovery is a successful Philadelphia school that serves grades K-8. In light of its students’ academic success, Discovery amassed a waiting list of 1,448 hopeful new students. In 2012, Discovery sought ...

January 25, 2017

Public schools need reform, not more money

In the recent confirmation hearing held for Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Democrats fulminated over public school funding. “Can you commit,” Senator Patty Murray asked, “that you will not work to … cut a single penny from public education?” Devos did not commit. Nor should she. ...

December 21, 2016

Are schools like shoes?

No one could find decent shoes in communist Russia. You’d get a pair with no choice regarding quality, type, or shoe size. No thought for your situation; no need to please the customer. You got what they gave you. Our public school system faces the same basic problem. Quality and fit too often suffer because we’ve forgotten ...

August 25, 2016

It's Back to School Choice Week on Courting Liberty

PLF’s Director of Communications Harold Johnson is joined by PLF Principal Attorney Joshua Thompson to discuss Pacific Legal Foundation’s Back To School Choice Week. The conversation also highlights many of the ongoing cases in courts across the United States where PLF is working in the name of school choice. The week is designed to bri ...

January 22, 2016

Florida charter school application illegally denied by hostile school board

This week, PLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the School Board of Palm Beach County illegally denied an application to start a new charter school. Charter schools are privately run public schools that operate under a performance contract (charter) with a public sponsor (usually a school district). Charter schools operate free from ...

October 12, 2015

The gavel is down: the High Court is in session

As is its tradition, the Supreme Court began its new Term on the first Monday in October. In the weeks leading up to that day, many organizations host "preview" events (especially in Washington, DC) with leading Supreme Court advocates and other legal experts to discuss the most important cases the Court has agreed to hear. ...

September 09, 2015

Court axes charter schools in Washington

Over a thousand kids in Washington no longer have their school of choice. The Supreme Court of Washington decided last Friday that the state’s voter-passed charter school act violates the state constitution. The decision came on the cusp of the school year, tossing 1200 charter school students into limbo and axing Washington’s only sc ...

September 01, 2015

The battle over school choice begins in Nevada

The ACLU plans to sink school choice in Nevada. In June, Nevada passed the nation’s first universal Education Savings Account. The law allows students to take their allotment of per-pupil public school funding and direct it towards tuition for the school of their choice. In short, it offers a lifeline to parents and kids who want to ...

July 29, 2015

Courting Liberty podcast on forced teachers union funding

PLF is supporting a challenge to laws that compel public school educators to help foot the bill for the teachers union even if they aren't members. Click here to listen to PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur explain the First Amendment issues that are at stake in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will be heard ...

January 27, 2015

School choice is a boon for taxpayers

People support school choice for many reasons. Most support it because it’s the last best hope for their children to get a decent education. Some hope that it is a means to mitigate the impacts of racial and income segregation. Still others support it as an alternative to the highly-politicized resolution of sensitive religious and ...