A good day for students’ school choice in Florida

Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a union’s lawsuit challenging Florida’s tax credit scholarship program, and a Florida appellate court rejected a school district’s claim that charter schools violate the state constitution. These decisions protect K-12 students across the state. Florida’s … Continue reading

Confusing and disappointing decision in lawsuit against charter school

This morning we received a disappointing decision in Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School. The court of appeal held that non-classroom based charter schools may not operate a “resource center” in the county where the charter school … Continue reading

Pennsylvania school districts cannot avoid state charter school law by refusing to act

In August, during Back to School Choice Week 2016, I called your attention to the story of Discovery Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2012, Discovery requested an amendment to its charter with the School District of Philadelphia to increase … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

School district sues popular charter school to stop school choice

PLF attorneys filed a brief last week in Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School. The case concerns efforts by a California school district to limit the educational opportunities offered by a nearby public charter school to the detriment … Continue reading

The economic underpinnings of school choice

Two seemingly unrelated phenomena in education often befuddle those interested in the topic. First, substandard public schools continue to fail no matter how much money the government throws their way. Second, teachers’ unions across the country categorically oppose school choice … 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

Failing public schools selfishly try to prevent students from transferring to better schools

In my home-state, the largest and worst school district has 15 vacant school buildings, down from 27 a few years ago.  Maintaining these buildings costs taxpayers in the City of Milwaukee almost three-quarters of a million dollars each year.  The … Continue reading