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

By Marc J. Holley, Anna J. Egalite, and Martin F. Lueken    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Features, Homepage, Journal, On Top of the News  

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.

New Hampshire Court’s School Choice Decision was Flawed and Unprecedented

Last week, a New Hampshire trial court declared that the state’s nascent scholarship tax credit (STC) program could not fund students attending religious schools.

Authorizer Of, Not In, the District

D.C. has recently undertaken two invaluable reforms that, when combined with the city’s other systemic features, place D.C. on the brink of becoming the urban school system of the future.

By the Company It Keeps: Nelson Smith

An interview with the former president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Charter Authorizers Face Challenges

Quality control takes money and staff

Strong authorizing can create and support high-quality charter schools, and weak authorizing can enable lousy charter schools to open or stay open.

What We’re Watching: Vouchers and College Attendance

Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss a new study of how vouchers increase the likelihood of college attendance.

By Education Next    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Multimedia, Video  

The State of Charter Authorizing

It is troubling that many authorizers still don’t have high-quality practices in place.

Left-of-Center Reformers: Join the Voucher Movement Today

If the lack of accountability is reformers’ beef with voucher programs, that concern has been alleviated, at least in several states.

Update on the Milwaukee School Choice Evaluation Dust-Up

Even in the face of substantial program attrition, students who were in the MPCP in 9th grade in 2006 graduated from high school, enrolled in college, and persisted in college at rates higher than similar students in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

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