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Newswire: August 2, 2016 — 2016 Political Party Platforms and Education — Louisiana Governor Robs Kids of Vouchers — USA Funds Bolsters Minority Student College Success

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PARTY PLATFORMS. CER’s 2016 EDlection Center offers non-partisan analysis of how – and if – the positions of political parties in education would address challenges our nation faces in providing increased quality educational opportunities that secure our nation’s freedom and lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth. Check out the side-by-side comparison of education issues, with individual issue analysis coming soon!

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FED OVERREACH ON CHARTER SCHOOLS. In order to protect state laws governing charter schools and charter school freedom from undue interference from the federal government, CER has submitted comments in response to proposed rulemaking surrounding ESSA. The full letter here.

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500 KIDS ROBBED. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is robbing kids of opportunity a mere month before school starts, deciding budget cuts are a greater priority than school choice vouchers offering hope for children’s futures. According to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, more than 500 children have been affected. More in the National Review.

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ED CHOICE. The Friedman Foundation might have a new name, but its mission is the same – educational choice for all families. Congrats to our partners in parent power on the name change reflective of our collective goal of bringing better, bigger, and more innovative opportunities to US education.

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COLLEGE COMPLETION. USA Funds is living the New Opportunity Agenda of Innovation + Opportunity = Results, awarding nearly 2.3 million to bolster minority student success. With an end goal of enhancing college completion rates and career readiness for first-generation, low-income students, the initiative is designed to help minority-serving colleges measure the value of their programs, and develop and apply data tools and innovative practices. More here.

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TEACHERS OF TOMORROW. Florida now has another option available for preparing an excellent and diverse teaching workforce: Teachers of Tomorrow. The alternative education preparation program last year provided over 6,000 teachers to schools nationwide. The scoop.

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