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.

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.

A NYC Mom Asks, “Why Aren’t Un-Zoned Schools Held to the Same Standards as Charter Schools?”

When selective public schools attract high-performing students and involved parents, nobody complains.

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Grading Soft Skills: The Brookings Soft Skills Report Card

Towards a more productive way of measuring students’ “soft skills.”

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.

The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2016

Here are the most popular articles we published over the course of the last year.

A Flexible Way Forward for a Wobbly Standards-and-Testing Apparatus

What if we create a common pool of test items that states would use on a voluntary basis?

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.

Three Thoughts on the Ugly New PISA Results

Everyone would be well-served if they spent less time claiming this or that test result proved that a grand federal agenda was the right one.

“Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick”: Why State Chiefs Should Do Both

To fully exploit ESSA’s expanded possibilities for state leadership on school and district improvement, state superintendents will need a wide range of skills.

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.”

Betsy DeVos and Charter School Regulation: A View from Michigan

It is a falsehood that Michigan charters have no regulation, no oversight, and no accountability.

School Accountability and the Infinite Information Problem

We should recognize the government’s limited ability to collect, analyze, and make use of the extraordinary amount of information relevant to school quality and family preferences.

In the News: Many State Report Cards Leave Parents in the Dark About School Achievement

A new study by the Data Quality Campaign reviews school report cards issued by each state and finds many of them lacking.

You Can’t Regulate Quality If You Can’t Predict Quality

On what basis will regulators be able to judge quality to protect families against making bad choices?

Why I Hope Betsy DeVos Boosts School Vouchers

No child should have to wait for a school to get better when there are other opportunities available.

Private Schools Equally Good at Fostering Civic Participation

A new study confirms earlier ones finding that public schools are not better than private schools at fostering civic values.

Red States and Blue Cities: The Precarious Politics of Charter Schooling Today

If charter schools are to thrive, we need support from Democrats and Republicans.

Graduation Rates: What Does a Diploma Tell Us?

As policymakers reconsider the “college for all” mindset, they face tough questions about what a high school diploma should mean and how best to ensure that every young adult has the chance to build a professional future that’s honored, fruitful, and rewarding.

In the News: D.C.’s Public Charter School System Turned 20 This Year. Now What?

The history of charter schools in D.C. at 20 and the past and future of charters nationwide at 25.

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