‘Emergency mindset’ needed to address education inequities

As the first full year of schooling during the coronavirus pandemic launches, a national education advocacy network is sounding the alarm in a research brief that America’s K-12 education system is in crisis. To ensure a more flexible, equitable and student-centered system of education both now and post-pandemic, the independent[Read More…]

New poll: Support for school choice continues to grow

A survey of 2,020 registered voters conducted by RealClear Opinion Research indicates support for school choice is surging as families become increasingly frustrated with district schools’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since April, overall support for the concept of school choice among families with children in public schools has jumped[Read More…]

Florida Council of 100 releases study showing “rigor gap” in Florida classrooms

A detailed study released today by the Florida Council of 100 in cooperation with the Florida Department of Education includes data indicating the state can do more to align efforts on student growth by helping students and families in real time. Coming on the heels of last year’s dismal National[Read More…]

UF Lastinger Center for Learning: Communication is key during pandemic

A Florida-based national education innovation hub’s analysis of approaches taken by public and private education programs throughout the state during COVID-19 reveals that open communication has played a critical role in the success and well-being of students, families and educators. Several key themes emerged from the University of Florida Lastinger[Read More…]

Choosing the right path: evidence that Milwaukee’s school choice program excels beyond academics

America’s oldest urban private school choice program has the vital effects of steering young adults away from both crime and out-of-wedlock births, thus laying a strong foundation for them to live more successful lives. What predicts future life success for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds? Two vital factors are avoiding[Read More…]

Popular scholarship program continues to serve more students

Growth in a Florida education savings account created for students with unique abilities continued its steady increase in 2018-19 according to figures released this week by the leading organization that administers the program. A new report from Step Up For Students that includes information on enrollment, student eligibility and scholarship[Read More…]

Survey: What American families experienced when COVID-19 closed schools

COVID-19 upended and changed the lives of millions of Americans this spring, forcing the nation’s schools to close and requiring a shift from in-person to virtual learning. In retrospect, what do parents think about the quality of instruction their children received? Education Next surveyed them to find out. The results,[Read More…]

Court lays to rest age-old debate with Espinoza decision

After more than a century, the U.S. Supreme Court finally has determined that Blaine amendments, which were created in the late 19th century under a wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic bias, violate the U.S. Constitution’s Free Exercise clause. “A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides[Read More…]