Squeezing the Public School Districts in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards recently cut funding of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP), claiming that it was necessary to save money.

ESSA Didn’t Settle Federal Education Policy. Far From It.

Our next President will be forced to make a number of important education policy decisions almost immediately upon taking office.

Arizona’s First Audit of Education Savings Accounts is Instructive

Education Savings Accounts have gained popularity among supporters of parental choices in education, and lawmakers in four other states have enacted laws similar to Arizona’s since 2011.

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California’s Too-Colorful Accountability Plan

California’s new accountability system for schools and districts is complicated beyond imagining and does not lend itself to useful interpretation by parents, taxpayers, voters, or policymakers.

Summative Ratings Are All Around Us. Why Are We Afraid of Them in K-12 Education?

Cars, colleges, neighborhoods, restaurants, you name it — if there’s some sort of choice that people can make, there’s probably a rating system to help them decide.

Can Policymakers Fix What Ails Online Charter Schools?

Three recommendations for policymakers in states that are wrestling to turn the rapid development of online schools into a net plus for their pupils.

Use Caution in Drawing Conclusions from Ohio Voucher Study

The Fordham Institute recently released a study on the academic impact of Ohio’s flagship school choice program.

Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia

It’s easy for policymakers and the public to embrace high standards in principle. But when policymakers seek to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable for those standards by using the results from aligned assessments, support is far more likely to falter.

How Chartering Makes Possible An Entirely New Approach to Accountability

The leadership of an urban district should ask state policy makers for permission to apply charter-type accountability to all schools in the district.

Should Charter Schools Be Pressured to Reduce Suspensions?

At the National Charter Schools Conference, Secretary of Education John King challenged U.S. charter operators to rethink their approach to discipline.

What Will the Next Twenty-Five Years of Charter Schools Look Like?

June 4 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of Minnesota’s charter school law, the nation’s first.

Ed Reform is Animal Farm

Just as choice is achieving escape velocity, a groupthink gang is grabbing the reins of ed reform organizations to advocate for greater restrictions and regulations on choice.

Is Political Control Over Charter Schools Wise?

Education reformers should have serious reservations about democratically controlled charter authorizers.

NYT Hatchet Job on Charters

The New York Times has a front page piece on charter schools in Detroit that is so factually mistaken, misleading, and tendentious that it requires a response.

Response: What NPR’s ‘Hit Piece’ Got Wrong in Attacking Rocketship’s ‘Impressive Results’

Rather than dig in and really understand what underlies our Rocketeers’ impressive achievements, NPR went to great pains in trying to undermine our success.

Three Fixes for the Charter Marketplace

Even after twenty-five years, charters in most places remain an alien implant in the body of American public education, and all sorts of immune reactions persist.

Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.

A Scholarly Approach to School Accountability

States now enjoy a freer hand to decide how they want to rate their schools. What should they do?

What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.

The NAEP Proficiency Myth

NAEP proficient is not synonymous with grade level. It is a standard set much higher than that.

The Value of NAEP Achievement Levels

NAEP’s achievement levels, especially “proficient,” do expect a lot from American schools and students, but proficiency in twelfth-grade reading on NAEP equates pretty closely to college readiness.

School Choice as an Antipoverty Strategy

Even in a time of great political polarization, at least some school choice policies have the potential to foster bipartisan collaboration.

Should the Charter Sector Focus on Expanding and Perfecting the No Excuses Model?

The no-excuses model ought to remain a sturdy pillar of the charter sector, but bona fide school choice means plenty of different options,

Charter Schools: Where They Work, Where They Don’t

Some of America’s highest-achieving schools are charters, but so are some of its worst.

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