James Coleman, the “Equality of Opportunity” Study, and School Choice

Coleman’s work spawned a large body of research comparing the effectiveness of district, private, and (later) charter schools in preparing students for college and life. A new article reviews that research.

The Three Tribes of the School Choice Movement

The school choice movement’s “big tent” now has factions in its various folds and corners that agree on parental choice but little else.

Retreating to an Education System Without School Choice is Not an Option

Many of today’s most difficult education debates are the result of our transition from a highly legible, single-provider model to a decentralized, choice-based model.

Evaluating the DC School Voucher Program

More high-quality evidence on the nation’s most prominent voucher program has the potential to inform education policymaking in the capital and across the country

Straw Men and Choice Regulation

What is the right amount of regulation for school choice?

Are Achievement Tests a Reasonable Proxy for School Quality?

The evidence is increasingly clear that test scores are only weakly correlated with other desirable outcomes from schools.

Does Regulation Improve the Political Prospects for Choice?

High-regulation of school choice comes with a cost to quality.

Does Regulation Protect Kids and Improve Outcomes from Choice?

In their desire to protect disadvantaged students, the backers of a heavy-regulation approach have ironically done serious harm to these students by driving away most of the supply

The High-Regulation Approach to School Choice

My fear is that just when school choice is achieving escape velocity as a self-sustaining and expanding policy, the love for high-regulation may do serious harm to these programs and the children they intend to help.

Correcting Misinformation on School Choice

Yet another author ignores the ample evidence available that school choice provides benefits for children.

Behind the Headline: Has Gentrification Begun in New Orleans Public Schools?

While public schools in New Orleans educate mainly children from poor families, “several new schools are attracting families who could afford private or parochial school, the same type of families who started leaving the school system 45 years ago,” writes Danielle Dreilinger on nola.com.

Why Catholic School Reform Isn’t Like Other School Reforms

Something special happens in schools rooted in enduring relationships and timeless values.

ESAs Aren’t for Everyone

The value of education savings accounts is to provide a space within the K–12 system for true breakthroughs.

Education Savings Account Wonk-A-Thon Recap

As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account (ESA) program, policy wonks were asked to say what the state must get right.

The Grey Lady’s School Choice Confusion

Arguments made in a New York Times editorial against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax credit proposal do not withstand scrutiny.

An Open Letter to Robert Putnam

What kind of education might work best for many (not all) kids who have holes in their hearts where their fathers should be? Or where their mothers should be? Or sometimes both?

What We Didn’t Know About School Choice in 2001

An opinion piece by Delaware Governor Jack Markell ignores all we’ve learned about private school choice.

Was Missouri’s Interdistrict Transfer Program Poorly Designed?

The transfer program has allowed 2,000-plus students to have the opportunity for a better education and has launched a robust conversation about how to turn around struggling school districts.

Education Savings Accounts Turn 5 Years Old

Some 3,000 students in Arizona and Florida are now using education savings accounts, more than half of them children with special needs.

The Origins of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Excerpts from No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education 
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Excerpts from No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education 
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Debunking a Misleading Report on School Choice

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability released a misleading report on school choice programs in Indiana and elsewhere

More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters

A political game changer for public school choice?

A political game changer for public school choice?

New Systems of Schools and Common Enrollment

If cities simply add more choice schools in the absence of changes to the enrollment process, parents can struggle to find information on schools, be forced to fill out widely varying school applications, and then receive a staggered barrage of acceptance and rejection notices.

Are School Choice Technocrats Needed?

School choice advocates should be very wary of the kind of right-of-center technocratic tinkering that has crippled school choice programs in Louisiana and Wisconsin.

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