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Andy Smarick is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Published Articles & Media

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An Encouraging Consensus on Character Education

Some recommendations for developing compassion, courage, determination, fairness, grit, honesty, patience, respect, responsibility, self-motivation, and temperance.
Kendra Espinoza with her two daughters at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, Mont.

Religious Charter Schools Will Test Limits of Espinoza Decision

A hypothetical dialogue explains the issues: “We will see you in court”

The Risk of Reducing Principles to Policies

Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States by Matt Grossman Cambridge University...
Rural Students Outperform City-Dwelling Students (Figure 1)

To Improve Rural Schools, Focus on Their Strengths

Facilitate real school choice, charter conversions, and individual solutions for specific regions

The Unified Education Reform Team Is No More, But That’s Ok

Those who want to improve kids’ opportunities are searching in lots of different places for different types of solutions.

A Pragmatic Approach to Systems Reform

A review of Reinventing America’s Schools by David Osborne

The Complications of State-level Education Policymaking

With the US Department of Education now approving state ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plans, attention turns to those plans’ contents. This includes how states intend to help kids assigned to persistently struggling schools.

Balancing College and Career Readiness

ESSA accountability plans are a window into how states are trying to find the balance between preparing students for college or for careers.

Some Basics on President Trump and Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are especially popular among policymakers at the moment because of our national labor force-participation and skills-gap challenges.

Authority, Schools, and America’s System of Government

While technocrats have been trying to centralize and homogenize and control everything about education, school choice and charters have done the exact opposite.

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