What’s Next for Newark?

After more than two decades of state supervision, Newark’s public schools are slated to return to local control.

Make Teaching More Doable

Many teachers find themselves on a pathway to burnout, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

School Choice, Bureaucracy, and American Airlines

We all want schools to be filled with professionals who exhibit a passion for doing their job well.

What Do International Students Think of American Schools?

A survey of kids from abroad who have attended U.S. high schools about what they think about U.S. education and their American peers.

Who Could Benefit From School Choice? Mapping Access to Public and Private Schools

The distance families are able and willing to travel may be more important for expanding school choice than the type of school the policy provides access to.

Finding the Right Fit for Charters and Special-Needs Students

Accusations that charters don’t want to deal with special-ed costs and challenges are getting us — and our children — nowhere.

Colorado’s Plan for Rating Schools Gets the Fundamentals Right

For starters, Colorado uses a bona fide growth model to gauge the progress a school is making with students.

Why a Trump School Choice Initiative is Unlikely to Succeed

Creating and sustaining a massive new federally-fueled voucher program will take more than a miracle. It will take three miracles.

Racial Disparities in School Suspensions

Future efforts at discipline reform must reflect fundamental fairness while also ensuring orderly schools and welcoming learning environments.

The Evolution of the Charter School Market and the Next Generation of Charter School Research

A number of new research studies are beginning to investigate some more nuanced questions with regard to charters.

The Effect of Louisiana’s Voucher Program on School Integration: A Response to The Century Foundation

As the lead author of the 2017 Louisiana study referenced in this report, I must address Potter’s misrepresentation of our research.

Authority, Schools, and America’s System of Government

While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.

School Choice and Trump’s Budget

A chat with Martin West

What the Data Show on School Choice and Segregation

There are a number of serious methodological challenges involved in empirical research on how education policies affect ethnic segregation.

Why You Do NOT Want Me On Your Education Council

I may have my own ideas about what makes a good school, I just don’t believe that I have the right to impose my views on you.

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One More Time Now: Why Lowering Class Sizes Backfires

A large-scale reduction requires hiring massively more teachers, dipping deeper and deeper into the applicant pool.

Don’t Forget Magnet Schools When Thinking About School Choice

There are over 3,000 magnets across more than 600 school districts within 34 states, but they have received less attention in the research literature than charters.

Discipline Reform and School Climate

Students and teachers report that schools are less orderly and more violent after suspension policies were changed.

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Don’t Neglect Vouchers’ Competitive Effects

Introduction of vouchers leads to higher outcomes for pupils remaining in public schools.

Why the Federal Government Should Subsidize Childcare and How to Pay for It

There is broad public support for more government spending on childcare as long as that spending does not result in another unfunded entitlement that worsens the deficit

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Is Choice About Better Test Scores?

Choice exists to allow parents to educate their children in accordance with their own needs, desires and values.

School Choice Goes To the Movies

Everything anyone needs to know about school choice – who benefits from it and who opposes it – was summarized in the first few minutes of the movie Hidden Figures … and in the trailer right before it.

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Rocky Start for ProPublica “Alternative Schools” Series

The vast majority of alternative programs — 87 percent — are run by traditional school districts not charters.

By Guest Blogger    Blog, Charter Schools, Editorial  

A Troubling Contagion: The Rural 4-Day School Week

In an environment where young rural adults already suffer from isolation and low economic opportunity, the shorter school week could exacerbate their problems.

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