Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

Arizona educators have very particular skills making them a nightmare for grifters

      “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career.[Read More…]

Arizona poised to become the first state with universal private K-12 choice

Word began to leak yesterday that the Save Our Schools group had misrepresented the number of signatures gathered in an effort to thwart Arizona’s universal ESA expansion. It now appears all but certain/official that they did not gather the needed 118,000 petition signatures required to freeze the expansion and hold[Read More…]

Most states embrace education choice; more states should follow

Editor’s note: Martin F. Leuken, director of the Fiscal Research and Education Center at EdChoice, wrote this commentary for the Ripon Society, a public policy organization that promotes the ideas and principles that have contributed to the Republican Party’s success. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was widely[Read More…]

Linguistic battles matter, too: Stop calling everything a voucher

Editor’s note: This commentary from reimaginED guest blogger Garion Frankel first appeared on, where he is a breaking news reporter. Why can’t people properly define the word “voucher”? Earlier this month, I judged a speech and debate tournament in a high school near Dallas. In a round with 13[Read More…]

Despite challenges, hope reigns for education choice nationwide

Editor’s note: Jessica Dobrinsky, a policy analyst for the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, contributed this update on the Hope Scholarship for, a website that features news, commentary, and analysis from more than 100 national columnists and opinion leaders involved in America’s political debates. As the war for[Read More…]

The new economic development program: school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Mike McShane, director of national research at EdChoice and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared Thursday on Spend any time around a state capitol and you will hear the phrase “economic development” about once every 10 minutes. This makes sense. Every program that politicians want[Read More…]

‘How extravagant you are throwing away human potential like that; someday (soon) it will be scarce’

It is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Floridians have cause to celebrate a radical improvement in Hispanic literacy seen over the last two decades. Quick reminder: Florida’s Hispanic students outscore most statewide averages on NAEP’s fourth grade reading test. Yes, the one given in English. The chart on the left shows[Read More…]