Squeezing the Public School Districts in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards recently cut funding of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP), claiming that it was necessary to save money.

Arizona’s First Audit of Education Savings Accounts is Instructive

Education Savings Accounts have gained popularity among supporters of parental choices in education, and lawmakers in four other states have enacted laws similar to Arizona’s since 2011.

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Use Caution in Drawing Conclusions from Ohio Voucher Study

The Fordham Institute recently released a study on the academic impact of Ohio’s flagship school choice program.

Should Charter Schools Be Pressured to Reduce Suspensions?

At the National Charter Schools Conference, Secretary of Education John King challenged U.S. charter operators to rethink their approach to discipline.

What Will the Next Twenty-Five Years of Charter Schools Look Like?

June 4 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of Minnesota’s charter school law, the nation’s first.

Ed Reform is Animal Farm

Just as choice is achieving escape velocity, a groupthink gang is grabbing the reins of ed reform organizations to advocate for greater restrictions and regulations on choice.

Is Political Control Over Charter Schools Wise?

Education reformers should have serious reservations about democratically controlled charter authorizers.

NYT Hatchet Job on Charters

The New York Times has a front page piece on charter schools in Detroit that is so factually mistaken, misleading, and tendentious that it requires a response.

Three Fixes for the Charter Marketplace

Even after twenty-five years, charters in most places remain an alien implant in the body of American public education, and all sorts of immune reactions persist.

School Choice as an Antipoverty Strategy

Even in a time of great political polarization, at least some school choice policies have the potential to foster bipartisan collaboration.

Should the Charter Sector Focus on Expanding and Perfecting the No Excuses Model?

The no-excuses model ought to remain a sturdy pillar of the charter sector, but bona fide school choice means plenty of different options,

Charter Schools: Where They Work, Where They Don’t

Some of America’s highest-achieving schools are charters, but so are some of its worst.

Why I Would’ve Voted No on Putting the School Board in Charge of New Orleans Charter Schools

Louisiana has decided that all New Orleans charter schools now overseen by the state’s Recovery School District will be placed under the control of the local school board.

The Weak Predictive Power of Test Scores

If regulators were to rely primarily on test scores when deciding which programs or schools to shutter and which to expand, they would make some horrible mistakes.

Chingos, Peterson Win Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform

A study by Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson on the long-term impact of school vouchers on college enrollment and graduation won the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Prize awarded for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform.

Should Louisiana Eliminate Its Voucher Program?

How long should we wait to see whether the program is working? That is a question that only lawmakers can answer.

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

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