Authority, Schools, and America’s System of Government

While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.

EdNext Podcast: Designing a Blended Learning School

What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.

New Blueprints for K–12 Schools

Innovative design supports blended learning

Innovative design supports blended learning

Rocky Start for ProPublica “Alternative Schools” Series

The vast majority of alternative programs — 87 percent — are run by traditional school districts not charters.

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In the News: Could the L.A. School Board’s Balance of Power Tip Pro-Charter?

Voters go to the polls today in L.A. to choose three school board members. Supporters of charter schools have a good chance to win a majority of seats on the board.

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.

Is Charter School Growth Flat-Lining?

The rate of charter school growth was at 6 to 8 percent until the 2014-2015 school year. It is now down to 1.8 percent.

More Money or More Charter Schools?

Letting great educators open up schools is much more cost effective than increasing spending by billions of dollars, which will yield very modest results.

Charter School Advocates Should Think Twice Before Trashing Vouchers

What’s at stake is not the future of chartering but the future of choice.

Necessity, Not Nicety: What We’ve Learned About District-Charter Alliances

In some of the cities known as ground zero for noisy fights about charter schools, quiet partnerships are underway between district and charter leaders.

What We’re Watching: Intelligence Squared Debate on Charter Schools

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the resolution “charter schools are overrated.”

The Research on Charter Schools: An Introduction

Two professors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government give a quick explanation of charter schools and other education policy issues facing the Trump administration

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.

A Judicious Overview of the Charter Movement

Authors consider the controversies and the promise

A review of “Charter Schools at the Crossroads” by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright

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.”

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