Cheating the Charters

Political and financial lessons from South Carolina

Political and financial lessons from South Carolina

Behind the Headline: Stop Burning NY’s Special Ed Dollars

On Top of the News Stop Burning NY’s Special Ed Dollars New York Post | 2/1/12 Behind the Headline The Case for Special EducationVouchers Education Next | Winter 2010 Former State Assemblyman Michael Benjamin makes the case for special ed vouchers in New York City in an op-ed appearing in today’s Post. Jay Greene and […]

Scaling Up By Scaling Down

It is not so much that “reform has to go beyond charters” as it is that real reform must embrace choice—choice at the individual level.

Mickey Mouse Strikes Back

Voucher wars heat up in Colorado

Voucher wars heat up in Colorado

Are Charter Schools Models of Reform for Traditional Public Schools?

Yes, answers Roland Fryer in an amazing study released this month.

What We’re Watching: Whose Side Are You On? The NAACP Sues Charter Schools

Choice Media TV looks into why the NAACP joined a lawsuit to evict charter schools from buildings they share with traditional district schools in New York.

By Education Next    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Video  

What We’re Watching: Creating Opportunity Schools

The Mind Trust’s CEO discusses bold school reform plans for Indianapolis Public Schools.

By Education Next    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Video  

City-Based Strategies For Excellent Charter Schools

A number of forward looking cities have set aside contentious debates about charter schools, and have instead chosen to embrace high-quality charter schools in their reform strategies. This is a welcome development for students stuck in underperforming schools. But these city-based movements are not without challenges.

The Myth of the “Good” School

Supporters of public education ought not make “hey parents, suck it up” their rallying cry.

Unlocking the Secrets of High-Performing Charters

Tight management and “no excuses”

Tight management and “no excuses”

Winerip v. Moskowitz: Success Wins

I’ll hand it to Michael Winerip. This morning he takes on one of the charter movement’s fiercest competitors, Eva Moskowitz

Verdict in the WSJ: “School Vouchers Work”

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley has a must-read piece in the WSJ today.

DC Children Can Thank Boehner— and Randomized Trials

Boehner deserves a thank you from the children of the District of Columbia for knowing how to play the one best policy card at his disposal. But Boehner could not have played that card had he not had convincing evidence that the voucher program he was trying to restore had been effective.

The Obama Administration’s Shameful Opposition to the DC Scholarship Program

The path to ESEA reauthorization just got a lot steeper, as many Republicans will refuse to play ball with an Administration not willing to compromise on a top GOP priority.

Catholic Ethos, Public Education

How the Christian Brothers came to start two charter schools in Chicago

How the Christian Brothers came to start two charter schools in Chicago

New Schools in New Orleans

School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success

School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success

South Carolina Leading the Pack?

South Carolina is on the cusp of leapfrogging most of the competition by passing one of the most ambitious pieces of school choice legislation in the country.

The $500 million Question

Can charter management organizations deliver quality education at scale?

Can charter management organizations deliver quality education at scale?

By Kevin Hall and Robin Lake    Charter Schools and Vouchers, Forum, Homepage, Journal  

Authorizing Charters

Helping mom-and-pops in Ohio

Helping mom-and-pops in Ohio

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?

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