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

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.

Why Senate Republicans Should Resist the Urge to Repeal the ESSA Accountability Reguations

Repealing the regs via the Congressional Review Act will make ESSA implementation a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be.

What We’re Watching: How Much Autonomy? A School Choice Debate

In this debate, Robert Pondiscio and Peter Cunningham consider how much regulation should accompany government-funded school choice.

Is Charter School Growth Flat-Lining?

The rate of charter school growth was at 6 to 8 percent until the 2014-2015 school year. It is now down to 1.8 percent.

How ESSA Regulation Protects Choice and Local Flexibility

Proactive choice regulations and/or guidance will give states and districts the legal assurance they need to innovate and provide more options to families.

Forty Important ESSA Rules Endangered by Republicans’ Repeal Efforts

These regulations do more to empower states, local communities, and parents and clarify what’s possible under the law than they do to limit them.

What Title I Portability Would Mean for the Distribution of Federal Education Aid

Title I formulas now provide extra funds per poor student in poorer places. Under portability, this would no longer be true,

What Happens If Obama’s ESSA Regulations are Repealed?

If the ESSA rules are repealed, states could be left with little more than an ambiguous statute and non-binding assurances from the executive and legislative branches.

EdNext Podcast: ESSA — What You Need to Know

The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?

Making ESSA Work in the States

States and school districts may find it tricky to navigate what is required and how money can be spent, which can lead to funds being used in “safe” and “permissible” ways rather than the ways that educators deem most useful.

The Long Path to ESSA

An excerpt from The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States by Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden

An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”

More Money or More Charter Schools?

Letting great educators open up schools is much more cost effective than increasing spending by billions of dollars, which will yield very modest results.

Making Sense of ESSA’s New ‘Direct Student Services’

Direct Student Services gives states new leeway to use some of their federal Title I dollars to expand instructional choice for students.

Unintended Consequences of Test-Based Accountability

School accountability regimes may be intended to weed out only the “truly dismal,” but they cause all schools to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t—including adopting instructional practices and school culture habits we might not want.

Charter School Advocates Should Think Twice Before Trashing Vouchers

What’s at stake is not the future of chartering but the future of choice.

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