EdNext Podcast: Unmasking School Spending

As of December 2018, school districts nationwide will be required to report exactly what they spend on each of their schools. Will that information kick off a new wave of school finance research and reform? Could it become one of the law’s most important legacies? Marty West discusses the change with Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University.

What International Test Scores Reveal About American Education

Rankings based on international assessments are simple to understand—but they can also mislead.

Lessons for Improving School Choice from Other Policy Areas

There are three broad approaches that researchers and practitioners in P-12 choice systems can adopt to make their programs easier for parents to navigate.

Is a Charter School Likely to Fail? Look at the Application

What if we could predict which schools are likely not to succeed—before they even open their doors?

Charters Must Avoid Recreating the Failed School District Financial Model

It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.

What Helps Disadvantaged Students: No-Excuses Charters vs. Income Integration?

When it comes to educating disadvantaged students the “no excuses” model of charter schools is possibly more effective and definitely more politically viable than “diversity” initiatives.

Should California’s New Accountability Model Set the Bar for Other States?

California’s new school dashboard provides solutions to criticisms of the state’s previous system. But the result may lack clarity for parents, and the most important element of all – consequences.

With New Data, School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages

A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data.

How Not to Argue for School Choice

The enthusiasm of some school choice advocates is leading them to make their case in ways that are tone-deaf or counterproductive.

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.

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.

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.

EdNext Podcast: Designing a Blended Learning School

What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.

New Blueprints for K–12 Schools

Innovative design supports blended learning

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.

Don’t Neglect Vouchers’ Competitive Effects

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

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.

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School Choice Advocates Should Be Worried About Federalizing School Choice

To create a feasible school choice policy, lawmakers would likely need to expand federal involvement in private school education.

In the News: Could the L.A. School Board’s Balance of Power Tip Pro-Charter?

Voters go to the polls today in L.A. to choose three school board members. Supporters of charter schools have a good chance to win a majority of seats on the board.

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