How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Saint Martin de Porres

Cleveland’s Saint Martin de Porres High School accepts students who use state-issued vouchers to escape failing public schools.

The Connection between Choice and Humility

In New Orleans, we no longer have to argue about “What is the perfect school?” There is no perfect school. At best, there are perfect matches—situations where a student finds that exact environment where she can thrive.

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Immaculate Conception School

Dayton’s Immaculate Conception School accepts students who use state-issued vouchers to escape failing public schools.

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Five Case Studies from Ohio

Private schools that accept voucher students struggle to make ends meet, but are strikingly mission focused, often with a crusader’s zeal to educate every child that comes through their door, bearing a voucher or not.

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Youngstown Christian School

This case study is drawn from “Pluck and Tenacity: How five private schools in Ohio have adapted to vouchers.”

Charter Lessons for School Choice, Including Accountability via Authorizers

Having state-approved authorizers oversee private schools that participate in voucher programs would expand the educational options available to disadvantaged kids, ensure that participating schools are high performing, and allow private schools to maintain their distinctive characteristics.

Executive Action I Can Support: Weighted Lotteries for Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance for the Public Charter Schools Program that will allow charters to use “weighted lotteries” without forfeiting their chance to receive federal start-up funds.

Utilizing Charter Schooling Strengthens Rural Education

Better policy alone won’t expand the public-school options available to rural kids. Charter advocates need to better understand rural communities—their strengths, challenges, hopes, and fears.

Am I Being Consistent on Testing Requirements?

I would be happy opposing state testing requirements for all schools (choice and traditional public) if those schools had some reasonable mechanism for accountability.

Testing Requirements Hurt Choice

State testing makes choice schools look worse than they really are, and there’s no evidence that state testing requirements improve outcomes or ensure quality.

The Problem With ‘Bad Voucher Schools Aren’t a Problem’

Students receiving publicly funded scholarships or vouchers should take state assessments and that the results should be reported publicly.

The Common Coring of Private Schools

Though Fordham’s accountability plan for voucher schools is well-intentioned, their justifications are unpersuasive and their proposal is more likely to do harm than good.

Alternative Charters and Alternative Accountability Systems

It makes sense for states to develop accountability systems that make space for alternative schools.

Behind the Headline: Some Charter Schools Aim to Break Old Patterns

Sarah Carr writes about charter schools springing up in New Orleans and elsewhere that enroll a racially and economically diverse student body by design. Alexander Russo wrote a long feature story about the phenomenon of diverse charter schools in the Winter 2013 issue of Ed Next.

Japan’s Robin Hood School-Voucher Program

The Abe government has proposed to impose tuition charges for public high school attendance by children of wealthy families and to use the proceeds from that tuition charge to subsidize the attendance of low income children in private schools.

The Softer Side of ‘No Excuses’

A view of KIPP schools in action

A view of KIPP schools in action

Choice and Special Education

Schools of choice appear to be open to students with disabilities but aren’t as bureaucratically inclined to label students as disabled as are traditional public schools.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

Study Shows Louisiana’s Choice Program Improves Racial Integration

In the name of civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to keep low-income black students in Louisiana from attending the schools of their choice. However, new research shows that Louisiana’s school choice program improves racial integration.

High Scores at BASIS Charter Schools

Arizona students outperform Shanghai

Arizona students outperform Shanghai on international exams

Boston and the Charter School Cap

Politics halts growth of top-notch schools

Politics halts growth of top-notch schools

Charter “Restarts” Offer Alternative to Closing Failing Schools

When a charter school doesn’t uphold its end of the charter bargain—autonomy for accountability—and fails to produce strong student learning, must closing the school be the only option?

Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

New political circumstances, growing popularity

New political circumstances, growing popularity

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Peter Flanigan: A True Friend of School Choice

School vouchers never had a better friend than Peter Flanigan.

The Import of the CREDO Charter School Study

The new national charter school study by Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has attracted enormous, well-deserved attention.

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