In the News: New Democratic Divide on Charter Schools Emerges, as Support Plummets Among White Democrats
The divide may factor into the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and into debates about education reform.
Jim Blew, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some of the work of the department, including a new federal tax credit initiative and proposed changes to Title IX.
Opportunity Scholarship Program was small but stakes were huge
Can wraparound services improve academic performance?
Recent Louisiana Scholarship Program test scores look pretty grim. But there are three important caveats to keep in mind.
How Democracy Prep Charter Schools Boost Student Voting
Facilitate real school choice, charter conversions, and individual solutions for specific regions
As public school choice grows, more cities are relying on centralized application processes to match as many students as possible to their top-ranked schools.
Resilience, Hope, and the Power of the Collective: What Puerto Rico Can Teach the States about Education Reform
People don’t talk about “scaling” solutions in Puerto Rico. They create solutions and hope that others will do the same.
Rules preventing participating schools from having specific admissions policies and requirements that schools take state standardized tests both reduce the likelihood that private schools say they will participate in voucher programs.
According to recent polls, adults who were born between 1981 and 1996 tend to think favorably about charter schools, vouchers, and other types of education options.
The administration’s support of school choice is praiseworthy, but a federal tax credit scholarship program poses a threat to education choice in the states and undermines conservative efforts to streamline the federal tax code.
Rising health benefit costs are eroding total teacher compensation and eating into budgets reserved for other mission-critical areas at charter schools across the country.
For a tax credit scholarship program to be successful, states will need to begin with a thorough review of the evidence.
The Trump administration’s new school-choice initiative is adaptable to the contours of education needs, priorities, and politics of individual states.
The administration’s new tax credit initiative revives a debate over the role of the federal government in promoting school choice.
New evidence from America’s longest-running voucher program
The Florida Tax Credit (FTC) scholarship program is the nation’s largest private school choice program. A new study finds that students who enroll in private schools through the FTC program are more likely to go to and graduate from college than their public school peers.
As superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Tom Boasberg implemented a wide array of unconventional reforms, building a coalition based on pragmatism and a shared belief that change was a long overdue moral imperative. Boasberg talks with Ed Next editor-in-chief Marty West about his decade-long effort to improve Denver’s schools.
But some lawmakers prefer to push the choice agenda incrementally
Most studies of charter schooling look at how charter schools compare with traditional schools at one point in time, but the success of the reform depends on whether the charter sector improves over time. So explain Eric Hanushek and his colleagues, the authors of a new study looking at changes over time in the charter school sector in Texas.
The transcript of President Trump’s State of the Union speech that was released by the White House mysteriously capitalized the phrase “School Choice,” as if it were the title of a law: “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass School Choice for Americans’ children.”
Last week, Sen. Cory Booker announced that he will enter the 2020 presidential race. There is already great interest in how Booker’s support for school choice and his education record as mayor of Newark will be viewed by voters.
Existing body of research on the impact of school vouchers is both deep and broad.
An autocrat declares war on high-performing American schools