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.

How Suburban Districts Could Help More Needy Kids

Interdistrict open enrollment can help many kids, but in Ohio, some public school districts remain less than “open to all.”

Picturing Trump as the School Choice Guy

Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect that Trump’s energetic support is one of the worst things that could happen to school choice

Pacesetter in Personalized Learning

Summit charter network shares its model nationwide

School Vouchers, LGBTQ Rights, and Religious Liberty

What Betsy DeVos should say when asked whether schools accepting vouchers can refuse to admit LGBTQ students.

Profiting from Educational Choice?

It’s students who benefit from tax-credit scholarships

Are Private Schools Allowed to Discriminate?

And will private schools be required to follow civil rights laws if they accept vouchers?

In the News: Trump Should Capitalize on Vouchers’ Newfound Popularity

In an op-ed for Real Clear Education, Paul Peterson notes that public opinion surveys are finding that public support for vouchers is growing.

In the News: How Two Business-Savvy Nonprofits Are Breathing New Life Into Philadelphia’s Struggling Catholic Schools

Preserving traditional Catholic education while adding education reform elements has been the goal.

U-turn on Vouchers

Florida courts uphold tax credits

Educational Choice, Not School Choice, Making Moves in Florida

Florida is one of the homes of “course access” or “course choice” legislation that allows public dollars to follow students to pay for an individual course of their choice.

In the News: Trump’s First Full Education Budget: Deep Cuts to Public School Programs in Pursuit of School Choice

According to a leaked copy of an almost-final version of the education budget acquired by the Washington Post, the Trump administration plans to encourage states to embrace choice.

EdNext Podcast: Indianapolis’ Unique Pursuit of Choice

Over the past decade, a growing number of urban school districts have responded to the presence of charter schools by providing some of their own schools the same flexibilities that charters enjoy. But few have gone as far as Indianapolis,

To Improve Education in America, Look Beyond the Traditional School Model

Our school systems used to fund a variety of diverse schools. Most democracies still do.

In the News: Private Schools Met With Rejection from Indiana State Board

In Indiana, three private schools with low grades from the state have been told that they can not accept new voucher students this fall.

Debate: Should Public Funds Be Used to Support Private School Vouchers?

The opening statement for a debate between Mike Petrilli and Rick Kahlenberg.

My Experience with School Choice

Parents make choices based on their children’s best interest, overall well being, and future opportunities and they give nary a thought to politics or governance models.

EdNext Podcast: Can a Federal School Choice Program Work?

Should the federal government launch a federal tax credit scholarship program, or will they inevitably muck this up?

More Options in Indianapolis

Mayoral charters and innovation schools expand choice

Public School Choice as Competitive Advantage: A Look at Denver Public Schools

Denver Public Schools has garnered a reputation for pragmatism, collaboration, and innovation

If You Mostly Care About Test Scores, Private School Choice Is Not For You

The benefits of private school choice are clearly evident in long term outcomes, not near-term test scores

When It Comes to Schooling, Does the Public Trust Red or Blue?

When an unpopular president (Trump) pushes a popular idea (school choice), where does the public come out?

Lessons for Improving School Choice from Other Policy Areas

There are three broad approaches that researchers and practitioners in P-12 choice systems can adopt to make their programs easier for parents to navigate.

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