In the News: Do ‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Lead to Success after High School? At One High-Profile Network, the Answer Seems To Be Yes

Many no excuses charter schools have high test scores, but critics are often skeptical that those scores will translate into outcomes that really matter.

Secret Finding from PDK Poll: Support for Vouchers is Rising

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 10 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015

When it Comes to School Discipline, Let Parents Choose

A school’s approach to student discipline and classroom management is a profound reflection of somebody’s value system.

The Education Exchange: Choosing Vouchers in North Carolina

Paul E. Peterson talks with Anna Egalite of N.C. State about her new study looking at why some private schools do and others don’t participate in North Carolina’s means-tested voucher program and also at how families make the decision about whether or not to use a school voucher.

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

The Texas blend – legislative commitment to higher quality, better oversight, and supportive partners that help charter schools diagnose and solve problems – is a promising one.

To Compete with Charter Schools, Take a Closer Look at the What the Competition is Doing

In this post, I’ll discuss the third step, rethink the conventional wisdom of the traditional and reform sectors in budgeting, programming, and parent engagement.

Don’t Complain About Charter Schools, Compete With Them

For district leaders, tuning out the education reform debate is the first big step in adapting to—and surviving—charter growth.

Betsy DeVos Promotes Parents as First Line of Defense on School Accountability

But is the parent marketplace a good enough mechanism for gauging and producing effective schools of choice?

Adding Pre-K to Renaissance Charter School

What New York City’s Pre-K For All initiative has meant for a charter school.

Support for Common Standards Has Rebounded

Local control has its place—but, as Americans told Education Next, it also has its limits.

The Complications of State-level Education Policymaking

With the US Department of Education now approving state ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plans, attention turns to those plans’ contents. This includes how states intend to help kids assigned to persistently struggling schools.

In the News: The Pay Leaders Deserve

In U.S. News and World Report, Rick Hess responds to the Boston Globe’s revelation that Boston’s 16 charter-school leaders earned total compensation of $150,000 to $200,000 in 2016.

In the News: When Charter Schools Open, Neighboring Schools Get Better

A new study looks at the impact of co-location, the practice of allowing a charter school to open in the same building as a district public school.

State Accountability Plans Fix Many NCLB-Era Mistakes

The Every Student Succeeds Act grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind — meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings.

In the News: Betsy DeVos Approves Delaware’s ESSA Plan, After Blowback

Earlier, the Trump Education Department had given Delaware some very critical feedback on the plan, which Mike Petrilli described as “a big unforced error.”

The NAACP’s Duplicitous Engagement of Black Families on Charter Schools is a Betrayal

I allowed myself to believe that the NAACP might have gotten the message from all these black moms and dads and kids enrolled—or yearning to be enrolled—in charter schools across America…not to mention the black advocates and the black charter educators out there.

DeVos Needs to Offer Principled Clarity on ESSA

How the U.S. Department of Education should respond to the confusion over what states can and can’t do in their ESSA plans.

Unintended Impacts of Regulations on the Quality of Schooling Options

The available evidence suggests that regulations did indeed deter higher-performing private schools from participating in a voucher program.

More Findings About School Vouchers and Test Scores, and They are Still Negative

Four recent rigorous studies—in the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Indiana, and Ohio—used different research designs and reached the same result.

Charter Authorizing, Kludgeocracy, and a Principled Middle Ground

Can responsible authorizing entail less bloat, bureaucracy, and paperwork?

‘It’s Not My Problem!’ Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure

Failure to find politically viable pathways to replacing low-performing schools can bring both district improvement strategies and charter growth to a halt.

ESSA’s Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The response of the DeVos Department of Education to Delawares ESSA plan has provoked a full-fledged kerfluffle

Key Decision Points for a National K–12 Scholarship Tax Credit

If the Trump administration decides to proceed with a tax credit proposal, it will have important decisions to make with regard to faith and federalism.

Increasing the Demand for High-Quality Schools in Cleveland

Cleveland’s leaders understood that when school choice breaks down in the real world, government and its partners have a role to play to make it work better for families and cities.

In the News: How Are Schools Funded and Why Does It Matter?

Marguerite Roza is interviewed by Christine Schneider of the Walton Family Foundation about how school spending is related to efforts to improve schools.

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