Through the (“Tax Expenditure”) Looking Glass

It’s no secret that the California Teachers Association has no love for tax credit legislation. To illustrate the point, one need look no farther than AB 337, a bill authored by California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer in 2015, that proposed a modest tax credit (to…

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Showdown in New York

Imagine that the State of California was to deliver the following directives to all public school districts:  “If a private school exists within your catchment area, representatives of your district must, within a span of three years, visit each such school as part of a review…

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Giving for Government’s Sake

Ask any private school leader about his/her greatest, school-related concern and chances are more than likely that the words ‘sustainability’, ‘access’, and ‘affordability’ will be included in the response you receive.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly identified voluntarism as the defining characteristic of America’s private schools. …

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Good News, or Bad News from the USDE?

Multiple reports indicate that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is planning a significant reorganization of the U.S. Department of Education in which the Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) will receive more prominent status.  Word has it that along with a number of accompanying structural changes,…

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The Circle

When I was a teenager, I made a solemn vow that, should I ever become a parent, I would never, ever, ever tell my kids to “turn down that noise!” Flawed human that I am, I have failed to fulfill my share of resolutions and…

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