School Choice

A puzzle with two pieces breaking away

Break Up Urban School Districts

Smaller districts would give parents a better shot at prevailing over teachers unions.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker sit with children at the Maple Avenue School in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Charter School “Push Out” Myth Is Debunked in a New Study of Newark

Students who land in charter schools are less likely to leave—including English learners and students with disabilities
A statue of Johnny Appleseed welcomes visitors to the Massachusetts Visitor Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Inset: Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Betsy Appleseed and School Choice

Choice initiatives and expansions in Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia and elsewhere show that eventually, trees blossom
Exterior of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN

Hoosiers Score Benefits from Private School Choice

New observational study finds students who got vouchers in Indiana were more likely than similar traditional public-school students to enroll in college.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by a military honor guard as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Trump Education Reform Legacy: Too Little, Too Late

President discovered education reform in closing stretch of re-election campaign
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Covid-19 Could Be the Moment We Turn to School Choice as a Road to Equal Opportunity

States should broaden policies to support the school choice parents are demanding.

Charters Improving at Faster Pace in Urban Areas

Given the apparent underrepresentation of urban charter students in 2017, it is more likely that we are underestimating the overall gains
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Covid-19 Has Capsized the Case Against School Choice

During the past six months, it's become clear that what this universal, public system actually guarantees is a lot less than we imagined.
A class at LEAP Academy Early Childhood School at KIPP DC, a network of high-performing, public charter schools in Washington.

5 Things We Learned in D.C. About How to Advance Charter Schools

The rise of white progressive politics in the city, in combination with a somewhat re-energized union movement, has left our schools fighting attacks on multiple fronts.

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