When it comes to educating disadvantaged students the “no excuses” model of charter schools is possibly more effective and definitely more politically viable than “diversity” initiatives.
The enthusiasm of some school choice advocates is leading them to make their case in ways that are tone-deaf or counterproductive.
Creating and sustaining a massive new federally-fueled voucher program will take more than a miracle. It will take three miracles.
While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.
There are over 3,000 magnets across more than 600 school districts within 34 states, but they have received less attention in the research literature than charters.
Choice exists to allow parents to educate their children in accordance with their own needs, desires and values.
Everything anyone needs to know about school choice – who benefits from it and who opposes it – was summarized in the first few minutes of the movie Hidden Figures … and in the trailer right before it.
To create a feasible school choice policy, lawmakers would likely need to expand federal involvement in private school education.
In this debate, Robert Pondiscio and Peter Cunningham consider how much regulation should accompany government-funded school choice.
Proactive choice regulations and/or guidance will give states and districts the legal assurance they need to innovate and provide more options to families.
What’s at stake is not the future of chartering but the future of choice.
This idea could be included in the major tax-reform overhaul expected this spring.
As someone who favors choice, I can’t think of anything less helpful than making this broad-based effort feel more like a creature of Washington.
Latinos themselves support education reform at higher levels than other groups, but their elected officials often reject school choice.
On February 2, Fordham hosted a discussion on the findings of recent studies of the impact of using vouchers to attend private school.
One proposal would offer individuals and/or corporations a federal tax credit if they donate to voucher programs.
Obama was profoundly shaped by the opportunity to attend a top-flight independent school instead of what was almost surely an underperforming district school in Hawaii.
Here are some of EdNext’s recent and trending articles on various aspects of school choice just in time for School Choice Week.
Except for getting out of the way, I don’t see much that the federal government can or should do in the K–12 realm that will bring any satisfaction to the people who voted for Donald Trump.
A review of “Charter Schools at the Crossroads” by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright
Hunter College Elementary School and High School receive public funds but are not run by the NYC Department of Education.
The conversation on parental satisfaction must also include those parents whose children participate in private school choice programs.
In the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt describes the kind of school choice program he thinks would show immediate dividends for poor kids.
Revival efforts are focusing on better curricula, leadership, management practices, and newfound transparency about educational outcomes.
When selective public schools attract high-performing students and involved parents, nobody complains.