Charter Schools and Their Enemies

At 90, Thomas Sowell reminds charter schools how to fight. And why.

Public-School Attendance Zones Violate a Civil Rights Law

The Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 may offer creative litigators a strategy to redraw school-assignment maps.

EdNext Podcast: Reforming a Divided School System in Los Angeles

A professor of education policy at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, Julie A. Marsh, joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss how education reform has impacted the Los Angeles Unified School District, how it’s deepened divides between the district and teachers unions.

The Education Exchange: More Evidence of Higher College Attainment from Milwaukee’s Voucher Program

A professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas, Patrick Wolf, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Wolf’s latest findings from Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program. Wolf’s research explores whether voucher students are more likely to attain higher levels of education than their peers outside of the program.

In the News: Chartering in Kansas City

In a new case study for the R Street Institute, “Chartering in Kansas City,” Michael McShane writes about how, with support from farsighted local philanthropists, charter school enrollment has grown to 47 percent of students within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public Schools.

Majority of U.S. Students Now Exercise School Choice

A week to celebrate those voting with their feet.

The Education Exchange: Student Test Scores in Newark Charter Schools

Marcus Winters, an associate professor in Boston University and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study by Winters that shows lasting test score gains for students at charter schools in Newark, N.J.

EdNext Podcast: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Espinoza v. Montana

Joshua Dunn, a professor of political science at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the Supreme Court case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenges Montana’s ban on tax-credit scholarships to religious schools.

The Hoosier Way

Good choices for all in Indianapolis

Bye-Bye, Booker

Gone from the Democratic primary, his education policy voice may yet return somehow.

Booker Education Record Includes Much To Tout

“His position is unwavering,” a former colleague writes.

Cory Booker’s Move on Charter Schools is Both Political — and Good

It’s not hard to see the politics at play, but Booker deserves credit for calling out the Democratic party for being unresponsive to many constituents who support charter schooling.

In the News: Elizabeth Warren Meets School Choice Activist Howard Fuller

Buzzfeed has a report on a presidential campaign event of Senator Elizabeth Warren in Atlanta that was disrupted by protesters urging support for charter schools. Longtime school choice activist Howard Fuller was on the scene and, according to a photograph posted on Twitter, met with Warren before the event.

In the News: Stop Being Dogmatic About Public Charter Schools

In the New York Times, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker writes, “Many public charter schools have proved to be an effective, targeted tool to give children with few other options a chance to succeed. “

On Education, Bloomberg Candidacy Would Be Game-Changing

“Too many politicians are afraid.” Not Mayor Bloomberg.

Miami’s Choice Tsunami

Carvalho, competition, and transformation in Miami-Dade

Ban Public Schools

The best defense against recent proposals to ban private schools? A good offense.

EdNext Podcast: The Lessons of the Louisiana Scholarship Program

Patrick J. Wolf, professor at the University of Arkansas, joins EdNext Editor-in-Chief Marty West to discuss the effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program, the statewide school-voucher initiative, including its impact on student test scores and which schools participated in the program.

Three Factors Critical to Rural Charter Schools’ Success

Visitors to charter schools in Questa, New Mexico; Quincy, Florida; Starbuck, Minnesota; and Prescott Valley, Arizona, found some common ingredients.

EdNext Podcast: Have Charters Increased Segregation in American Schools?

Tomas Monarrez, a research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the impact charter schools have had on segregation in U.S. schools.

Come to Jesus

Effort parties, data walls, reading logs, and “warm/strict” — a look inside Success Academy

As New York Charters Turn 20, Let Good Schools Flourish

Twenty years ago this summer, I was a founder of the first charter school in New York state: the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem.

The Education Exchange: Checking in on School Reforms in New Orleans

Doug Harris, Professor and Department Chair of Economics at Tulane University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new study, “How is New Orleans School Performance Evolving, and Why?,” co-authored with Lihan Liu, Alica Gerry, and Paula Arce-Trigatti, and how school choice and performance-based contracting have fared after 15 years.

Segregation and the School Choice Movement

When the Ku Klux Klan wanted to outlaw private schools

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