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S.C. should trust parents to make the best education choices for their kids

Should schools do more to train students for the workforce, or focus on the three R’s? South Carolina K-12 officials have been debating that very question lately. A few education experts from around the country also chimed in, according to a local report. State lawmakers, though, are moving in a[Read More…]

Best of 2022: Offering hope to Oklahoma students, families with education savings accounts

Editor’s note: In keeping with our year-end tradition, the team at reimaginED reviewed our work over the past 12 months to find stories and commentaries that represent our best content of 2022. This post from reimaginED guest blogger Jonathan Butcher is the first in our series. Oklahoma parent Kelly Shank[Read More…]

School choice saves lives; it’s time for Wisconsin to support it

Editor’s note: This guest column comes from Sherlean Roberts, a graduate of Milwaukee’s school choice programs, a student at Marquette University, and a 2022 Future Leaders Fellow with the American Federation for Children. Wisconsin is known for being a divided and polarized state in areas of social reform and state-shared[Read More…]

Pittsburgh students need educational freedom, not more special interest funding

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation and a reimaginED guest blogger, and David P. Hardy, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Commonwealth Foundation, appeared Nov. 4 on the Commonwealth Foundation’s website. Pennsylvania’s leading gubernatorial candidates both support Lifeline Scholarships, a proposal to give[Read More…]

School zoning laws don’t make much sense anymore

Public schools historically have been defined by their location. Whether one’s home is in a “good school district” matters. But the last few years have raised important questions about whether tying children to a particular building is wise policy. Zoning laws may have made some sense decades ago, but today,[Read More…]

‘Getting and spending’ wastes parent, student power

In Baltimore, local media are reporting that a student with a 0.13 GPA ranked in the top half of his class. After finishing four years of high school, district officials shocked this student (who is not named, though his mother, Tiffany France, is quoted in the story) and his family[Read More…]

An opportunity agenda for promoting social and economic mobility for young people: Creating new options and social networks for work and life

Editor’s note: Bruno V. Manno, a senior advisor for the Walton Family Foundation education program and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy, wrote this commentary exclusively for reimaginED. From 1910 to 1940, the soaring demand in America for educated workers to fill new white-collar jobs produced “a[Read More…]

Biden administration ‘had a plan’ for school re-opening; let’s review

On Sept. 1, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona claimed that the Biden administration had a plan to “focus on safely getting back to in-person learning” last year. On the same day, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that school re-openings were “the work of Democrats in spite of[Read More…]