Education freedom: The next generation

The Manhattan Institute published a study by Jay Greene in 2001 called the Education Freedom Index, which created a state-by-state comparison featuring measures of state charter school sectors, private choice, homeschooling and ease of transfer between districts. The study found a positive correlation between a state’s Education Freedom Index and[Read More…]

Another study confirms school choice works

  A new study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has found that students participating in Indiana’s education choice program are more likely to enroll in college than their public-school peers. The report, released this week by the Midwest Regional Education Lab, found that 61%[Read More…]

Dispelling the ‘damaged goods’ myth about school choice scholarships

There is no evidence that students who use Florida school choice scholarships return to public schools worse off academically. But that doesn’t stop critics of education choice from repeating variations on that claim. The Florida League of Women Voters is the latest to air this “damaged goods” myth. In a[Read More…]

New government report shows ongoing increase in Florida families participating in education choice

A research arm of the Florida Legislature on Wednesday presented to the state’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Education a detailed 132-page report showing how Florida families are participating in education choice programs. The report from the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) expands upon the one-page summary produced[Read More…]

What Senate Bill 48 does

Florida Senate bill 48, filed by Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., will be heard in the Senate Education Committee tomorrow. The bill is over 155 pages and at times difficult to understand. Below is a list of the bill’s key features. Some of these features may get modified as the bill[Read More…]

Once again, charter schools dominate Florida’s education choice landscape

The 11th National School Choice Week celebration kicked off Monday as various organizations, schools, parents and students celebrate educational opportunities in their own unique way. RedefinED celebrates School Choice Week by releasing its 12th annual Florida Changing Landscapes document. This most recent document, created from Florida Department of Education data,[Read More…]

Three books critical of education choice, as well as book review, miss the mark

Can public education survive against so-called “free market fundamentalists, religious zealots, and others” who hate the idea of public education and want to replace it with “privately managed charter schools, vouchers, tuition tax credits, online learning, home schooling, and for-profit schooling”? Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York[Read More…]

Private school families more satisfied with schools during pandemic, survey finds

Nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began and reshaped the nation’s education system, parents of private and charter school students are more likely to be satisfied with their schools and less likely to report a negative effect on learning than their public school counterparts. That’s a key finding in[Read More…]