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Andy Smarick is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Published Articles & Media

Can Charter School Autonomy Coexist with Community Control over Schools?

A community’s voters want to have a say over what types of schools exist, what constitutes “good schools,” who runs them, how an area’s culture and traditions are passed on, and much more.

What “Hamilton” and Its 11 Tonys Say About Grit and Privilege

What we teach our kids about responding to adversity says a lot about our vision of America.

Why I Would’ve Voted No on Putting the School Board in Charge of New Orleans Charter Schools

Louisiana has decided that all New Orleans charter schools now overseen by the state’s Recovery School District will be placed under the control of the local school board.

Is Dumping the District the Way to Break the Link between Socioeconomic Status and Student Achievement?

If we know that high-performing, high-poverty schools are possible, why is it that not a single urban district in this entire nation has been able to bring those results to scale—even after fifty years of effort?

Local Control Versus State Obligation

Even a careful observer of education policy could wonder, “Who’s actually in charge of public schooling?” That is, at which level of government does the buck stop?

Innovation in Catholic Education

New approaches to instruction and governance may revitalize the sector

Could D.C. Give Its Schools the Same Autonomy as Charter Schools?

How Washington, D.C. could lay the foundation for the next decade of improvement for its schools.

The Next Phase of D.C. Reform

The most valuable contribution of a new report by David Osborne on the last two decades of reform in Washington D.C. schools is the implicit question it raises about the future.

Steering and Rowing in the Age of ESSA

ESSA returns to states the authority to create K–12 accountability systems. So what, exactly, should schools and districts should be held accountable for? What do we want them to actually accomplish?

How Should States Measure School Success?

Most of today’s K–12 accountability systems are, themselves, persistently underperforming.

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