Washington’s Supreme Court hears charter schools argument

On Tuesday, October 28, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the State’s voter-adopted charter schools law.  Although the opposition pursued a multifaceted assult on the charter schools law, the court focused on a single issue: money. The State Constitution restricts the use of certain funds … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 12, 2014

Environment — When is a wetland not federally controlled? We filed this complaint this week in Universal Welding v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Corps is asserting jurisdiction over some of Universal’s low-value wetlands in North Pole, Alaska, just … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 29, 2014

Property Rights — double-secret easements in Hobe Sound Like the fictional Delta House double secret probation, the Flash Beach Grill in Hobe Sound, Florida, finds itself subject to a secret unrecorded conservation easement.  Unbeknownst to Robert and Anita Breinig, when they purchased land … Continue reading

New Hampshire school choice victory

This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the state’s landmark Education Tax Credit Program. The Program allows businesses to claim a tax credit on their tax bill for donations to tuition scholarship organizations approved by the state. Those organizations, in turn, … Continue reading

School vouchers: a valuable tool for desegregation

A court’s ruling this week that North Carolina’s school voucher program is unconstitutional is unfortunate, given that the most likely beneficiaries of the program are disadvantaged minority students.  The program aims to provide as much as $4,200 annually for low-income families … Continue reading

Teachers’ union opposes law to help the disabled

Sometimes I fall into the trap of believing that teachers’ unions think they have the best interests of the children when they oppose school choice initiatives, but then I remember that such a belief is a fairy tale.  Teachers’ unions, … Continue reading

One size does not fit all preschoolers

While many of us think the term “cradle to grave government” is a derogatory label, state governments are wearing the title like a badge of honor.  Despite the massive amount of funds needed, and the loads and loads of research … Continue reading

Back to School Choice 2014 — Defending Washington’s charter schools law

In November 2012, Washington became the forty-second state to allow charter schools. The Charter Schools Act, adopted by one and a half million Washington voters, authorized the establishment of up to forty public charter schools in the first five years. … Continue reading