New Hampshire Court’s School Choice Decision was Flawed and Unprecedented

Last week, a New Hampshire trial court declared that the state’s nascent scholarship tax credit (STC) program could not fund students attending religious schools.

Left-of-Center Reformers: Join the Voucher Movement Today

If the lack of accountability is reformers’ beef with voucher programs, that concern has been alleviated, at least in several states.

Update on the Milwaukee School Choice Evaluation Dust-Up

Even in the face of substantial program attrition, students who were in the MPCP in 9th grade in 2006 graduated from high school, enrolled in college, and persisted in college at rates higher than similar students in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

Ravitch Blow-Up on School Choice

Diane Ravitch is angry. She is upset because parental school choice is thriving in Milwaukee.

Yes, Valerie, School Choice Does Help Poor Kids

Yesterday, WaPo’s Valerie Strauss accused scholarship tax credit (STC) programs of operating as Reverse Robin Hoods, robbing from the poor to give to the rich.

By Guest Blogger    Blog, School Choice  

Putting Charter School Conspiracy Theories to Rest

A review of Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story by Ember Reichgott Junge

We Can Change

Public education is a set of guiding principles—a combination of beliefs about something that ought to be provided. How we bring them to life is up to us.

The Real Problem with Highly Regulated 'School Choice'

The problem is not that private schools won’t participate in heavily regulated school choice programs. The problem is that they will.

Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools higher grade than others do

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

Critique of Study of Voucher Impact on College Enrollment Misguided

Several of the issues raised by Goldrick-Rab have no merit and none undermine the primary conclusion of our study.

Catholic v. Charters: Where’s the God Gene?

A couple of reports last week reanimated the debate about what to do with Catholic schools, which have been hemorrhaging students for the last couple of decades.

What We’re Watching: Vouchers and Social Justice

Paul Peterson sits down with the WSJ to discuss a new study on how vouchers help African American students.

By Education Next    Charter Schools and Vouchers, School Choice, Video  

The Case for Public-School Choice in the Suburbs

Should parents in well-off suburban school districts be able to choose between schools that offer different approaches to learning?

‘Vouchers Unspoken,’ Predictable—But Unproductive

Whatever its other virtues or defects, Romney’s plan should be debated on the basis of what it actually proposes—and not a politically-colored version thereof.

Behind the Headline: Integrating a School, One Child at a Time

On Top of the News Integrating a School, One Child at a Time New York Times| June 17, 2012 Behind the Headline Is Desegregation Dead? Education Next | Fall 2010 In an article that appeared in Sunday’s New York Times, Liz Robbins looks at what’s happening in four Brooklyn elementary schools that won a federal […]

Could We Depoliticize School Choice?

As a long-time student of school choice (and, full disclosure, an adviser to Romney’s education team) I anticipate the governor is in for a bit of moral outrage.

What We’re Watching: WSJ on Romney’s Pro-Choice Education Plan

Mitt Romney’s education reform platform is discussed by the Wall Street Journal’s David Feith.

By Education Next    School Choice, Video  

The Romney Education Plan: Replacing Federal Overreach on Accountability with Federal Overreach on School Choice

A better idea might be to take a page from the Obama Administration handbook and make funding portability voluntary.

Tax Credit Scholarships Need a Critical, Not Hostile, Eye

It’s hard to get past the New York Times’s animus toward anything “private” or profit-seeking in the realm of K-12 education.

By Adam Emerson and    Blog, Editorial, School Choice  

Charter Benefits Are Proven by the Best Evidence

Supporters of charter schools have four gold-standard randomized control trials on their side. Opponents of charter schools have no equally rigorous evidence on their side.

What We’re Watching: Another Solution to Crime

David Deming talks with the Wall Street Journal about how school choice programs in North Carolina have reduced criminality among high risk males.

By Education Next    School Choice, School Policy, Video  

Does School Choice Reduce Crime?

Evidence from North Carolina

Evidence from North Carolina

Behind the Headline: Stop Burning NY’s Special Ed Dollars

On Top of the News Stop Burning NY’s Special Ed Dollars New York Post | 2/1/12 Behind the Headline The Case for Special EducationVouchers Education Next | Winter 2010 Former State Assemblyman Michael Benjamin makes the case for special ed vouchers in New York City in an op-ed appearing in today’s Post. Jay Greene and […]

Expanding Choice in Elementary and Secondary Education

An upcoming Brookings Institution report — “Expanding Choice in Elementary and Secondary Education” — will make interesting reading. The preview for a release event says that the report will discuss “how to expand school choice to increase equity and create a market within the public sector for school quality.” Given the expertise and background of the panelists who will present next week, how they define equity, the public sector, and school quality will be quite significant.

Straddling the Democratic Divide

Will reforms follow Obama's spending on education?

Will reforms follow Obama’s spending on education?

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