Florida is one of the homes of “course access” or “course choice” legislation that allows public dollars to follow students to pay for an individual course of their choice.
What this is really about: Making it appear that all graduates of elite schools are above average.
In the News: Trump’s First Full Education Budget: Deep Cuts to Public School Programs in Pursuit of School Choice
According to a leaked copy of an almost-final version of the education budget acquired by the Washington Post, the Trump administration plans to encourage states to embrace choice.
Over the past decade, a growing number of urban school districts have responded to the presence of charter schools by providing some of their own schools the same flexibilities that charters enjoy. But few have gone as far as Indianapolis,
Our school systems used to fund a variety of diverse schools. Most democracies still do.
If greater attention is not paid to supporting teachers to implement new standards and reduce coverage of deemphasized content, the standards may not have much effect.
If you look at the accountability systems states are developing to meet federal requirements, you’ll see a growing number are using chronic absenteeism as a metric.
In Indiana, three private schools with low grades from the state have been told that they can not accept new voucher students this fall.
Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.
One of the key advantages charter schools have is the flexibility to start from scratch financially. However, that advantage can quickly erode if charter schools make the same decisions as their district predecessors when it comes to spending on buildings, employees, and retirees. Marty West and Robin Lake discuss pitfalls that charter school entrepreneurs and those who support them need to avoid.
The opening statement for a debate between Mike Petrilli and Rick Kahlenberg.
Parents make choices based on their children’s best interest, overall well being, and future opportunities and they give nary a thought to politics or governance models.
Should the federal government launch a federal tax credit scholarship program, or will they inevitably muck this up?
Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice
Denver Public Schools has garnered a reputation for pragmatism, collaboration, and innovation
The benefits of private school choice are clearly evident in long term outcomes, not near-term test scores
When an unpopular president (Trump) pushes a popular idea (school choice), where does the public come out?
BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona, is the No. 1 public high school in the U.S. according to the new US News rankings.
Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.
What lessons can education reformers learn from the development and implementation of the Common Core? Rick Hess and Chris Minnich (of the Council of Chief State School Officers) discuss that question in this 20-minute video.
As of December 2018, school districts nationwide will be required to report exactly what they spend on each of their schools. Will that information kick off a new wave of school finance research and reform? Could it become one of the law’s most important legacies? Marty West discusses the change with Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University.
Rankings based on international assessments are simple to understand—but they can also mislead.
There are three broad approaches that researchers and practitioners in P-12 choice systems can adopt to make their programs easier for parents to navigate.
What if we could predict which schools are likely not to succeed—before they even open their doors?
It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.