Choice exists to allow parents to educate their children in accordance with their own needs, desires and values.
Everything anyone needs to know about school choice – who benefits from it and who opposes it – was summarized in the first few minutes of the movie Hidden Figures … and in the trailer right before it.
The vast majority of alternative programs — 87 percent — are run by traditional school districts not charters.
To create a feasible school choice policy, lawmakers would likely need to expand federal involvement in private school education.
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.
Repealing the regs via the Congressional Review Act will make ESSA implementation a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be.
In this debate, Robert Pondiscio and Peter Cunningham consider how much regulation should accompany government-funded school choice.
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.
Proactive choice regulations and/or guidance will give states and districts the legal assurance they need to innovate and provide more options to families.
These regulations do more to empower states, local communities, and parents and clarify what’s possible under the law than they do to limit them.
Title I formulas now provide extra funds per poor student in poorer places. Under portability, this would no longer be true,
If the ESSA rules are repealed, states could be left with little more than an ambiguous statute and non-binding assurances from the executive and legislative branches.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?
States and school districts may find it tricky to navigate what is required and how money can be spent, which can lead to funds being used in “safe” and “permissible” ways rather than the ways that educators deem most useful.
An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”
Letting great educators open up schools is much more cost effective than increasing spending by billions of dollars, which will yield very modest results.
Direct Student Services gives states new leeway to use some of their federal Title I dollars to expand instructional choice for students.
School accountability regimes may be intended to weed out only the “truly dismal,” but they cause all schools to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t—including adopting instructional practices and school culture habits we might not want.
What’s at stake is not the future of chartering but the future of choice.
Early evidence on a policy can turn out to be misleading, or a policy can have delayed effects
This idea could be included in the major tax-reform overhaul expected this spring.
In some of the cities known as ground zero for noisy fights about charter schools, quiet partnerships are underway between district and charter leaders.
As someone who favors choice, I can’t think of anything less helpful than making this broad-based effort feel more like a creature of Washington.
Latinos themselves support education reform at higher levels than other groups, but their elected officials often reject school choice.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on the resolution “charter schools are overrated.”