What can American education learn from Kenya?

Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile market when he introduced the assembly line and standardized the tools and parts to construct a car. His innovation allowed vehicles to be built cheaper, faster and with a higher quality than ever before. Flash forward more than a century, and dozens of successful industries[Read More…]

Blaine Amendment mostly dead

Blaine Amendments prohibiting the public support of religious schools, once used to bludgeon school choice supporters during legislative debates, is dead. Or, at least mostly dead. A 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday determined that states cannot prohibit religious schools from participating in public benefit programs because they[Read More…]

Colorado survey shows support for charter schools

Editor’s note: This analysis appeared earlier this week on Colorado’s A majority of Colorado voters have a favorable view of charter schools and support opening new ones even in districts with declining enrollment. But support for charters was notably lower among Democratic voters. The findings come from a Magellan[Read More…]

Backfilling charter school seats didn’t hurt test scores, new Boston study finds

Editor’s note: This analysis from Marcus A. Winters, an associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Education Next. Among the regulatory freedoms available to most charter schools[Read More…]

Commonwealth Foundation calls for expanded school choice policies in 23-point legislative agenda for 2023

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on City & State Pennsylvania’s website. You can read the Commonwealth Foundation’s full plan here. A Harrisburg free-market think tank unveiled its 2023 legislative agenda this week, which proponents say is backed by polling data and could help revitalize the commonwealth – if lawmakers[Read More…]

Back to the future: The case for modernizing Arizona’s K-12 funding formula

Editor’s note: Here is the introduction to a new white paper authored by Matthew Ladner, director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity, and reimaginED executive editor. You can read the full paper here. Arizona has long ranked fairly low in rankings of per pupil funding. Demographic and other factors[Read More…]

Tackling the ‘exodus’ claim

Editor’s note: This analysis from Marty Leuken, director of the Fiscal Research and Education Center at EdChoice, and Michael Castro, a research assistant at EdChoice, shows that Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship flies in the face of claims that vouchers are harmful to public school systems. It appears in the Spring 2022[Read More…]

New research unpacks Michigan’s proposed education savings account program

Michigan’s tax-credit-funded education savings account program could save state and local governments as much as $386 million a year, according to new research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The paper, “Michigan Student Opportunity Scholarships, Overview and Fiscal Analysis,” by Ben DeGrow and Marty Lueken, provides several estimates relating[Read More…]