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.

What We’re Watching: What Can Washington Learn From Recent School Voucher Studies?

On February 2, Fordham hosted a discussion on the findings of recent studies of the impact of using vouchers to attend private school.

Do Trump Voters Want Vouchers?

Except for getting out of the way, I don’t see much that the federal government can or should do in the K–12 realm that will bring any satisfaction to the people who voted for Donald Trump.

If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter ‘Public’ School It Would Be Shut Down

Hunter College Elementary School and High School receive public funds but are not run by the NYC Department of Education.

What Do School Choice Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

The conversation on parental satisfaction must also include those parents whose children participate in private school choice programs.

In the News: The Right Kind of School Choice for Trump to Promote

In the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt describes the kind of school choice program he thinks would show immediate dividends for poor kids.

What’s Ahead for Catholic Schools?

Revival efforts are focusing on better curricula, leadership, management practices, and newfound transparency about educational outcomes.

Authorizing Matters

Within the charter authorizing community there is robust debate about how to do what’s needed while promoting continued growth and protecting charter autonomy.

Want Accountability in Education? Empower Parents

The real disagreement among reformers is not whether there should be accountability, but to whom schools should be held accountable: parents or bureaucrats.

EdNext Podcast: How Does Parental Satisfaction Vary Across School Sectors?

Two new studies compare the views of charter school parents to the views of private school and district school parents.

Turning Parental Satisfaction into Parental Advocacy

Charter public school success depends on the opinion of parents.

Take This Quiz: On School Choice, Are You a Libertarian or Do You Prefer a Nanny State?

What limits would you place on a parent’s right to choose a school for his or her child using public funds?

Betsy DeVos Deserves the Support of Education Reformers

Education reformers who are reflexively critical of DeVos are framing a narrow set of policies—the ones they prefer—as the very definition of “school choice,” “justice,” “morality,” or “accountability.”

Betsy DeVos and Charter School Regulation: A View from Michigan

It is a falsehood that Michigan charters have no regulation, no oversight, and no accountability.

You Can’t Regulate Quality If You Can’t Predict Quality

On what basis will regulators be able to judge quality to protect families against making bad choices?

Why I Hope Betsy DeVos Boosts School Vouchers

No child should have to wait for a school to get better when there are other opportunities available.

Private Schools Equally Good at Fostering Civic Participation

A new study confirms earlier ones finding that public schools are not better than private schools at fostering civic values.

Red States and Blue Cities: The Precarious Politics of Charter Schooling Today

If charter schools are to thrive, we need support from Democrats and Republicans.

In the News: D.C.’s Public Charter School System Turned 20 This Year. Now What?

The history of charter schools in D.C. at 20 and the past and future of charters nationwide at 25.

The Effect of Charter Schools on Students in Traditional Public Schools: A Review of the Evidence

Eleven studies have examined whether charter schools will have positive or negative indirect effects on students in district public schools.

Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control

The charter phenomenon is also reinventing the school district.

Can Civil Rights Institutions Keep Up as Public Education Evolves?

Black families appreciate what advocacy groups have done to end discriminatory segregation, but they also want to be able to choose the school that works best for their child.

Why Charters Will Lose in Massachusetts

Charters in Massachusetts would have been better positioned politically if they had not previously neglected to benefit more middle and upper-middle class families.

In the News: L.A. Unified Decides Fate of Six Charter Schools

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to reject petitions for renewal for five charter schools.

EdNext Podcast: Should Massachusetts Allow More Charter Schools?

In November, voters will have a chance to weigh in directly on the state’s charter school policy. Should they vote to allow more charter schools? Which direction does the evidence point?

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