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.

School Choice Technocrats Wanted

As the traditional urban school district is slowly replaced by a system marked by an array of nongovernmental school providers, new policies (undergirded by a new understanding of the government’s role in public schooling) are needed.

Behind the Headline: D.C. Voucher Program at Center of Fiscal Fight (Again)

This year’s budget request from the President includes a reduction in funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Behind the Headline: Title I Portability Sticky Wicket in NCLB Rewrite

While the debate over annual testing has gotten a great deal of attention, the issue of Title I portability is emerging as possibly a bigger obstacle to agreement on reauthorization of NCLB, notes Lauren Camera of Politics K-12.

Portfolio Districts: One Ring to Rule Them All

I am wary of portfolio districts, mayoral takeovers, and other proposals for a super-regulator to govern all choice and traditional schools.

Improving Educational Options for Georgia Children

Raising the cap on Georgia’s scholarship tax credit program is an ideal way to bring freedom and excellence to K-12 education.

Good Reads for National School Choice Week

These articles illuminate some elements of the world of school choice that don’t always get the most attention.

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