Feature

School vouchers nixed

The week's news at a glance.

Tallahassee

The Florida Supreme Court last week struck down the nation’s first statewide school voucher program. Under Florida’s six-year-old program, students from failing public schools can use taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers to attend private schools. But the state’s highest court ruled 5-2 that the program “reduces money available to the free schools” and “funds private schools that are not ‘uniform’ when compared with each other or the public system.” The state constitution requires “uniform” public education, the court noted. Gov. Jeb Bush, who considers the voucher program one of his top achievements, called the ruling “a blow to educational reform.” While the decision is not binding outside of Florida, experts said it could spell trouble for similar programs in many other states whose constitutions also include provisions about school uniformity.

Recommended

2 big takeaways from the German election
The German flag.
Picture of Damon LinkerDamon Linker

2 big takeaways from the German election

10 things you need to know today: September 27, 2021
SPD supporters
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: September 27, 2021

U.K. is experiencing panic-driven gas shortages tied to Brexit
Gas shortage in the U.K.
Brexit Blues

U.K. is experiencing panic-driven gas shortages tied to Brexit

Study: Kids will see 3 times as many climate disasters as their grandparents
Climate protest
Do it for the kids?

Study: Kids will see 3 times as many climate disasters as their grandparents

Most Popular

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness
Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman
Last Night on Late Night

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights
Editorial Cartoon.
Feature

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights

Democrats are governing like Republicans
A donkey.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Democrats are governing like Republicans