Jonathan Butcher

Jonathan Butcher: Good ideas in education travel in packs

Earlier this year, I wrote for reimaginED that  South Carolina educators were publicly debating the nature and purpose of education in the state. Whether schools should focus on STEM or liberal arts, or some combination, is a good discussion to have. But since taxpayers are spending three times as much[Read More…]

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…]

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…]

‘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…]

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…]

Close enough in education choice no longer good enough

Those defending discrimination in education received a well-deserved comeuppance last month—from two quarters. The first, a lesson in constitutional law, matches nicely with the second, the creation of expansive opportunities for parents to choose how and where their children learn. This combination will define K-12 education for the next century.[Read More…]

West Virginia, businesses investing in innovative education options

With rising inflation and a stock market on the rocks, any big investment is worth watching. And with researchers reporting poor returns on student achievement in assigned schools during the pandemic, this makes any investment in education even more notable. So with venture capitalists betting big on Prenda last week,[Read More…]