School Vouchers in DC Produce Gains in Both Test Scores and Graduation Rates

One should not under-estimate the impact of the DC school voucher program on student achievement. According to the official announcement and the executive summary of the report, school vouchers lifted high school graduation rates but it could not be conclusively determined that it had a positive impact on student achievement. Something about those findings sounds like a bell striking thirteen. Not only is the clock wrong, but the mechanism seems out of whack. How can more students graduate from private schools if they weren’t learning more?

Palace Revolt in Los Angeles?

Charter school and Latino leaders push unions to innovate

Charter school and Latino leaders push unions to innovate

Charter High Schools

Promising results from charters that educate teens

Promising results from charters that educate teens

The Unknown World of Charter High Schools

New evidence suggests they are boosting high school graduation and college attendance rates

New evidence suggests they are boosting high school graduation and college attendance rates

By Kevin Booker, Tim R. Sass, Brian Gill and Ron Zimmer    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Homepage, Research  

Book Excerpt: Kay Merseth Reads From Inside Urban Charter Schools

Last fall, Ed Next published a short review of a new book, Inside Urban Charter Schools, by Kay Merseth of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Now we bring you a 15-minute audio excerpt from that book (read by Kay), which you can access here. You can listen to the excerpt from the book through […]

Straddling the Democratic Divide

Will reforms follow Obama's spending on education?

Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?

Victory Puts New Orleans in the Spotlight

The Saints’ thrilling victory over the Vikings in overtime Sunday night in the Superdome was perhaps the most exciting win for the city since Gov. Bobby Jindal rallied a ragtag coalition of state legislators to create a voucher program for New Orleans in the summer of 2008. During a decade when voucher programs were handed […]

In the Wake of the Storm

How vouchers came to the Big Easy

How vouchers came to the Big Easy

A Clearer Picture on Charter Schools

The effectiveness of charter schools in raising student achievement has become an intensely debated issue. When we last considered this topic, the Department of Education was pushing charter schools but dueling studies introduced uncertainty. A new study by CREDO clears up the uncertainty.

Brighter Choices in Albany

City's charter schools outshine the competition.

Reformers in New York’s capital have brought high-quality charter schools to scale, giving hope to a generation of disadvantaged kids.

Wave of the Future

Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools

Why charter schools should replace failing urban schools

Lost Opportunities

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

Poor Schools or Poor Kids?

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

To some, fixing education means taking on poverty and health care

The Case for Special Education Vouchers

Parents should decide when their disabled child needs a private placement

Parents should decide when their disabled child needs a private placement

Accountability Overboard

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation's most successful reforms

Massachusetts poised to toss out the nation’s most successful reforms

New York City Charter Schools

Who attends them and how well are they teaching their students?

Who attends them and how well are they teaching their students?

By Caroline M. Hoxby and Sonali Murarka    Charter Schools and Vouchers, On Top of the News, Research  

Special Education Vouchers

Video: Jay Greene talks with Education Next about vouchers for disabled kids, the fastest-growing type of voucher today.

D.C. School Enrollment: Numbers, Damn Numbers and Statistics

Washington D.C. school enrollment is looking like a footrace that both the traditional and charter schools can claim to be winning. Auditors: Start your calculators.

Why are Some Environments Better than Others for Charter Schools? Today’s Policy Question

This has been a good year for evidence on the effectiveness of charters, highlighted by a major national study from CREDO and a new study in the continuing work from New York City. Nonetheless, understanding and interpreting the scientific research within the political and media environment is made more difficult by the political context.

Researchers Find Special Education Voucher Programs Ensure Better Services and Outcomes for Students

In a feature article for the winter 2010 issue of Education Next, education researchers Jay P. Greene and Stuart Buck of the University of Arkansas dispel several common myths about these programs and show how they have benefited handicapped children in states where they have been enacted, including those not in private placements.

By Education Next    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Press  

Special Ed Vouchers Level the Playing Field for Disabled Kids

As Jay Greene and I argue in our brand new Ed Next article, “The Case for Special Education Vouchers,” parents of special ed students should be provided with vouchers that would allow their children to attend private school. The moral and equitable case for providing special ed vouchers is strong: some special ed students get a raw deal from the traditional public schools, which often are unable to provide the needed services or specialized teachers that a disabled student needs.

By Stuart Buck (Guest Blogger)    Blog, Charter Schools and Vouchers, Editorial  

In Good Faith

Earlier this week I submitted the following letter to the editor to the Wall Street Journal. I don’t know whether it will be published. I am less sanguine than the paper’s editors regarding the intentions of Senator Durbin.

New Ed Next Podcast: Charter Schools Narrow Achievement Gaps in New York City

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. tackle another hot topic in education via podcast. This week they discuss Caroline Hoxby’s random assignment study of student achievement in charter schools in New York City. Click here to get to the podcast.

Charter Schools Narrow Achievement Gaps in New York City

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk about Caroline Hoxby’s random assignment study of student achievement in charter schools in New York City.

Work Hard. Be Nice.

The roots and reality of the Knowledge Is Power Program

The roots and reality of the Knowledge Is Power Program

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