What the data say about district and charter school performance
The real disagreement among reformers is not whether there should be accountability, but to whom schools should be held accountable: parents or bureaucrats.
Education reformers should have serious reservations about democratically controlled charter authorizers.
Early yesterday morning, after a fifteen month battle with brain cancer, Cato Institute Senior Fellow in Education Policy Andrew Coulson passed away.
Last year, three states adopted new ESA policies A new funding model should be attractive to policymakers in states where constitutional provisions, such as Blaine amendments, may prohibit publicly funding private education.
Refusing to acknowledge that regulations can have real costs or that Louisiana’s voucher program has failed to deliver on its promises does nothing to serve the interests of disadvantaged children.
A new study of the impact of Louisiana’s voucher program found a negative result. Although not conclusive, there is considerable evidence that the problem stemmed from poor program design.
Words like “market,” “competition,” and “profit” are considered dirty words in some education circles. Will websites that allow teachers to buy and sell lesson plans change the minds of some teachers?
As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) program, policy wonks were asked to say what the state must get right.
Arguments made in a New York Times editorial against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax credit proposal do not withstand scrutiny.
The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability released a misleading report on school choice programs in Indiana and elsewhere
School choice advocates should be very wary of the kind of right-of-center technocratic tinkering that has crippled school choice programs in Louisiana and Wisconsin.
Education savings accounts operate like the “partial voucher” that Milton Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago.
The Sun-Sentinel’s anti-school choice editorial rests on faulty evidence.
Transportation is a significant roadblock to exercising educational choice, but a new technology promises to greatly expand the number of schools that are logistically feasible for students to attend.
What’s really driving Philadelphia’s budget woes? The same growth mismanagement plaguing Pennsylvania statewide.
Do we really want government agencies to oversee and regulate private schools that participate in choice programs?
Policymakers should learn from other states’ experience when designing their own scholarship tax credit laws.
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.
Can we have standards without the government imposing them?
Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.
Still more things wrong with the latest attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.
Families participating in New Hampshire’s pioneering scholarship tax credit program report near-universal levels of satisfaction because it enables them to choose the best educational fit for their children.
In this factually-challenged attack on school choice, two lawyers at the UNC Center for Civil Rights do a great deal of table pounding.
Though Fordham’s accountability plan for voucher schools is well-intentioned, their justifications are unpersuasive and their proposal is more likely to do harm than good.
It’s long past time for the U.S. Department of Justice to drop its embarrassing lawsuit which would keep black kids in failing schools.
School choice programs raise student achievement, save money, and are supported by the public. But you wouldn’t know that if you only read Politico.
In the name of civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to keep low-income black students in Louisiana from attending the schools of their choice. However, new research shows that Louisiana’s school choice program improves racial integration.
A response to Diane Ravitch
State departments of education routinely understate the cost of public schools and often fail to report key spending categories.
The AFT’s poll supposedly shows that American parents don’t support education reform. That’s because some of the AFT’s questions were designed to push respondents into giving the answers the AFT wanted.
Last week, a New Hampshire trial court declared that the state’s nascent scholarship tax credit (STC) program could not fund students attending religious schools.
Over the past week, I have enjoyed engaging in a spirited debate over STC programs with Professor Kevin Welner of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The debate over scholarship tax credit (STC) programs continues.
Yesterday, WaPo’s Valerie Strauss accused scholarship tax credit (STC) programs of operating as Reverse Robin Hoods, robbing from the poor to give to the rich.
Earlier this week, Stephanie Saul of the New York Times launched a full frontal assault on scholarship tax credit (STC) programs, accusing them of failing to help low-income students, draining public schools of needed funding, and of using public money for private purposes. However, these accusations are based on isolated anecdotes and flawed logic that do not reflect reality.