Course Access Opens New Horizons for Students

Course access programs allow students to enroll in a variety of online, blended, and face-to-face courses from a wide selection of accountable providers, in addition to the courses they take through their local schools

Sweden and School Choice

Last week, Slate published a critique of Sweden’s school choice program that managed to be both inaccurate and fallacious.

Two Charter School Debates: When Philosophical Opposition Masquerades as Policy Commentary

There’s lots of important work out there aimed at improving the way the charter sector works, but it often gets overshadowed by articles that are just thinly veiled attacks on the idea of charter schooling.

Private Schools Should Learn from Charter Schools Without Adopting their Regulatory Scheme

Do we really want government agencies to oversee and regulate private schools that participate in choice programs?

Design Matters: The Future of School Choice

Policymakers should learn from other states’ experience when designing their own scholarship tax credit laws.

Breaking Down “The Chartered Course”

The charter school sector has potentially valuable lessons for private school leaders.

The Three-Sector Approach and Decision-Defending

Why is it so hard to get education reformers to support initiatives that make high-quality private schools accessible to low-income families?

Breaking Down “Public Rules on Private Schools”

While many believe private schools to be “unregulated,” they already follow many regulations, regardless of their participation in a school choice program.

NACSA’s Sixth Annual Survey and the Future of Authorizing

If charter schooling is to live up to its promise, charter school authorizing must get more attention.

The ‘Public’ in the Urban Public Education System of the Future

When schools are not run by locally elected school boards, can there still be local control?

Individual District Schools Don’t Serve All Students, Either

It’s a myth that district schools “serve all comers.” They simply don’t. Nor should they. Every child deserves to have his or her needs met, but not necessarily under the same roof.

What Constitutes Success For Course Choice?

“Course choice’ policies give K–12 students the option of taking courses from a range of providers, often but not always online, and public dollars follow students to the chosen course.

The Two Tracks of School Reform

Standards-based reform and school choice are interdependent, maybe even codependent.

California’s Districts of Choice

A handful of entrepreneurial superintendents compete for students

A handful of entrepreneurial superintendents compete for students

Cutting the Tie Between Education and Housing

Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.

Comparing Public Schools to Private

Lubienskis’ conclusions rely on flawed research design

Lubienskis’ conclusions rely on flawed research design

The Fact Checker Valerie Strauss Might Have Used on School Choice

This attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship shows a remarkable indifference to basic facts.

WaPo Blogger Wrong About School Choice… Again

Still more things wrong with the latest attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

The Connection between Choice and Humility

In New Orleans, we no longer have to argue about “What is the perfect school?” There is no perfect school. At best, there are perfect matches—situations where a student finds that exact environment where she can thrive.

How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Five Case Studies from Ohio

Private schools that accept voucher students struggle to make ends meet, but are strikingly mission focused, often with a crusader’s zeal to educate every child that comes through their door, bearing a voucher or not.

Charter Lessons for School Choice, Including Accountability via Authorizers

Having state-approved authorizers oversee private schools that participate in voucher programs would expand the educational options available to disadvantaged kids, ensure that participating schools are high performing, and allow private schools to maintain their distinctive characteristics.

Executive Action I Can Support: Weighted Lotteries for Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance for the Public Charter Schools Program that will allow charters to use “weighted lotteries” without forfeiting their chance to receive federal start-up funds.

Nuances of School Choice

What does it mean to support school choice? A wide variety of programs fall under the umbrella of “school choice,” and some are better than others.

Am I Being Consistent on Testing Requirements?

I would be happy opposing state testing requirements for all schools (choice and traditional public) if those schools had some reasonable mechanism for accountability.

Testing Requirements Hurt Choice

State testing makes choice schools look worse than they really are, and there’s no evidence that state testing requirements improve outcomes or ensure quality.

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