Taking Stock of Private-School Choice

Scholars review the research on statewide programs

Programs Benefit Disadvantaged Students

School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools with the help of public funds, have sparked controversy since the first such initiative was launched in Milwaukee in 1991. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) operate 54 private-school-choice programs, which include not only government-issued vouchers but also […]

Still Waiting for Convincing Evidence

Do public-school students who move to a private school with a government-funded voucher benefit from making this switch? A growing body of research is shedding light on this question. Of particular interest are findings coming out of three states and the District of Columbia, all of which have implemented ambitious voucher programs over the past […]

Lessons Learned from Indiana

The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, launched in 2011, offers a rich opportunity to study how a large-scale tuition-voucher program works and to analyze the results it has produced in its first few years. As we consider the merits of private-school choice and what it would take to make it succeed, this initiative deserves particular attention: […]

Why Is Charter Growth Slowing?

Lessons from the Bay Area

In Defense Of Education’s “Wild West”

Charter schools thrive in the Four Corners states

Charters and the Common Good

The spillover effects of charter schools in New York City

A Bigger Slice of the Money Pie

Charters in Colorado and Florida win share of local tax dollars

The Politics of Choice When the Public School was Born

A review of Public vs. Private by Robert N. Gross

Are Low-Quality Private Schools on the Rise in Florida?

A new study finds that participation in the state’s tax credit scholarship program has not shifted toward schools with weaker track records of improving student outcomes.

(Re)Searching for a School

How Choice Drives Parents to Become More Informed

The Biggest Little Election You’ve Never Heard Of

How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Private School Choice Increases College Enrollment in Florida. Could It Work Nationally?

Here’s what we think our new study means—and doesn’t mean—for both state-led and federal efforts to expand school choice.

Public Schools Don’t Have a Monopoly on Creating Good Citizens

If civic virtue and a shared commitment to the common good are primary objects of schooling, a strong case can be made that school choice helps, not hinders, that mission

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.

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?

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.

School Voucher Programs in Indiana and Louisiana

What two new studies find and how they can inform the school choice debate

In the News: What Monday’s SCOTUS Ruling in Trinity Lutheran Preschool Case Could Mean for School Vouchers

The Supreme Court will hand down its final rulings of the term today, including the Trinity Lutheran case.

What We’re Watching: Making Sense of New Evidence on Private School Vouchers

On Monday, June 26 at 10:30 am, the Urban Institute will host an event focused on the release of new data from the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

Good Government Is Not Good Enough When Managing Choice in the Real World

Making school choice work requires engaged and mobilized families who can help address the human side of choice and competition in schools.

Portents of Success

I wouldn’t have expected it, but events of the last 24 hours have got me in a surprisingly chipper mood.

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