How Private Schools Adapt to Vouchers: Five Case Studies from Ohio

Private schools that accept voucher students struggle to make ends meet, but are strikingly mission focused, often with a crusader’s zeal to educate every child that comes through their door, bearing a voucher or not.

Charter Lessons for School Choice, Including Accountability via Authorizers

Having state-approved authorizers oversee private schools that participate in voucher programs would expand the educational options available to disadvantaged kids, ensure that participating schools are high performing, and allow private schools to maintain their distinctive characteristics.

Executive Action I Can Support: Weighted Lotteries for Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance for the Public Charter Schools Program that will allow charters to use “weighted lotteries” without forfeiting their chance to receive federal start-up funds.

Nuances of School Choice

What does it mean to support school choice? A wide variety of programs fall under the umbrella of “school choice,” and some are better than others.

Am I Being Consistent on Testing Requirements?

I would be happy opposing state testing requirements for all schools (choice and traditional public) if those schools had some reasonable mechanism for accountability.

Testing Requirements Hurt Choice

State testing makes choice schools look worse than they really are, and there’s no evidence that state testing requirements improve outcomes or ensure quality.

The Problem With ‘Bad Voucher Schools Aren’t a Problem’

Students receiving publicly funded scholarships or vouchers should take state assessments and that the results should be reported publicly.

The Common Coring of Private Schools

Though Fordham’s accountability plan for voucher schools is well-intentioned, their justifications are unpersuasive and their proposal is more likely to do harm than good.

Information Fuels Support for School Reform

Facts about local district performance alter public thinking

Facts about local district performance alter public thinking

Why and How Parents Choose Schools

I agree with the study’s authors that we ought to do all we can to make school information widely available so parents can make informed choices, but I’m still of a mind that some level of regulation is needed

Tough Advice for Faith-Based Schools from a Critical Friend

Families are becoming smarter and pickier customers. Why has the faith-based schools community barely reacted or adapted to this new environment?

Japan’s Robin Hood School-Voucher Program

The Abe government has proposed to impose tuition charges for public high school attendance by children of wealthy families and to use the proceeds from that tuition charge to subsidize the attendance of low income children in private schools.

What We’re Watching: What (Education Pundit) Parents Want

What do education reformers look for in a school for their own kids?

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Education Savings Accounts Leave a Mom at Loss for Words

In survey results that the Friedman Foundation released today, evidence indicates that parents using education savings account are very satisfied with their new options.

Choice and Special Education

Schools of choice appear to be open to students with disabilities but aren’t as bureaucratically inclined to label students as disabled as are traditional public schools.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

Contrary to Justice Department claims, student transfers improve racial integration

Study Shows Louisiana’s Choice Program Improves Racial Integration

In the name of civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to keep low-income black students in Louisiana from attending the schools of their choice. However, new research shows that Louisiana’s school choice program improves racial integration.

Peter Flanigan: A True Friend of School Choice

School vouchers never had a better friend than Peter Flanigan.

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.

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