Educational Freedom Isn’t a Threat to Democracy

We do not find any evidence that private school voucher students are either less or more likely to vote in presidential elections than students educated in public schools.

EdStat: There are Over 500 Medium- and High-Poverty Census Tracts across the Country without Nearby Charter Elementary Schools

The Opportunity Zone program might help make these “charter school deserts” fewer and farther between.

EdStat: Only 46 Percent of Families Have a Charter School Within 5 Miles from Their Home

The Opportunity Zone program, part of the 2017 tax reform package, might be able to help.

Is Media Coverage of School Choice Biased?

When reporting on similar studies, does the media pay more attention to those that are more negative about school choice?

EdStat: The Annual Rate of Charter School Growth has Reached an All-Time Low: a 1 Percent Increase in Charter Schools between 2017 and 2018

Our EdNext authors propose a few ways to regain momentum.

Growing Charter Schools Through Federal Opportunity Zones

A new federal tax incentive could hold the key to spurring billions of dollars in investment in low-income areas with limited access to quality public charter school options.

EdStat: The Average Increase in the African American Concentration Experienced by an African American Transfer Student was 3.8 Percent

Charters don’t seem to be solving the problem of school segregation and, in some cases, are making it a little worse.

What We’re Watching: Learning from the Long-Term Effects of School Choice in America

The Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard hosted a conference last month on the long-term effects of choice.

Charter Schools, Segregation, and Anxiety About Social Cohesion

A review of Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation?

A Flawed Critique of Our School Choice Achievement-Attainment Divide Study

We conducted six formal statistical tests of the hypothesis that school choice test score impacts reliably predict future attainment impacts. Five of the tests did not support the hypothesis. We have subjected our initial findings to a variety of robustness tests, all of which they passed.

Derrell Bradford Is Right: Single-Site Charters Need Support Planning Too

While there is no set script for charter leaders to follow as they consider the next chapter for their organizations, there are proven processes, tools, and best practices they can access to chart their course.

School Choice, Test Scores and Long-Term Outcomes: The Evidence Is Ambiguous

Review of studies finds few situations where school choice boosts long-term outcomes but not short-term ones.

The Broad, Long-Term Success of DC Public Charter Schools

Negative headlines about DCPS may be drowning out the story of the success of public charter schools in D.C.

School Choice Surprise in Illinois

A new tax credit scholarship program comes about due to a perfect storm of politics, budget crises, a politically savvy cardinal, and patient philanthropy.

Are There Schools of Choice That Hurt Test Scores but Not Long-Term Outcomes?

We know that a handful of school choice programs as a whole worsened achievement but improved graduation rates. What we don’t know is whether there was a similar mismatch at the school level.

EdStat: 16 Percent of Charter School Principals are Black or Hispanic

Charter school principals are more diverse than principals of district schools, but far less diverse than the students they serve.

A Closer Look at “Mismatch” in School Choice Studies

The impacts of school choice programs on test score gains and longer term outcomes are not really as out of sync as they may first appear.

What Counts as School Choice in New Study of Short- and Long-Term Outcomes?

Results for early-college high schools, selective-admission exam schools, and career and technical programs are different from those of the charter and voucher schools normally included in such studies.

Evaluating the Impact of School Choice on Short- and Long-Term Outcomes

A new paper argues that a school choice program’s impact on test scores is a weak predictor of its impacts on longer-term outcomes.

EdStat: A Study of 639 Charter School Applications in Four States Found That Applications That Included Plans to Hire a Management Organization Were 10 Percentage Points More Likely to Be Approved

Increasingly, single-site charter schools appear to suffer a higher burden of proof to justify their existence, relative to CMOs.

Strengthening the Roots of the Charter-School Movement

How the mom-and-pops can help the sector diversify and grow

State ESSA Plans May Use Federal Funds to Start New Charter Schools

Texas districts can use Title I resources to start new schools rather than just work to turn around low-performing ones.

The Rebound in Charter Support — But Also a Widening Partisan Divide

Charters are making a rebound—at least among Republicans and African Americans.

A New “Report” Misleads on School Vouchers

Newspeak plays a central role in the latest Center for American Progress (CAP) broadside against the idea of low-income parents choosing private schools for their children .

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