Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

New York’s mayor needs to do more than eliminate ‘gifted’ programs

Editor’s note: This commentary from writer, lawyer and legal historian Natalie Wexler appeared recently on forbes.com. You can listen to a podcast Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill recorded with Wexler here. Bowing to longstanding pressure, New York City’s outgoing mayor has announced that the city will eliminate its[Read More…]

Why political candidates should support school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Cooper Conway, a contributor at Young Voices and a political science student at Boise State University, appeared Monday on the Washington Examiner. Educational freedom was on a roll this past year. Over 20 educational choice programs were either created or expanded in 18 states. This entails the[Read More…]

Nation’s most expansive education savings account is good news for West Virginia families

Editor’s note: reimaginED is pleased to present this commentary from Colleen Hroncich, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, on the benefits of education savings accounts to students and families of West Virginia. Katie Switzer, a West Virginia mother of four, knows firsthand that different children have different needs. That’s why[Read More…]

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor discusses modernizing public education transportation with A for Arizona’s Emily Anne Gullickson

On this episode, Matthew Ladner speaks with the president of the Arizona-based education nonprofit about the group’s work to create an innovation fund to seed new options for families that need more choices for getting their children to school. Both Ladner and Gullickson, staunch supporters of education choice, acknowledge that[Read More…]

A parent’s story: ‘These children are our future doctors, our lawyers’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Katrina Gray debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have two sons. My oldest attended a private school on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and he’s now graduated from college. I was so impressed with the school and[Read More…]

Commentary: Families are ‘longing for an educational home for their child’

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” — Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia As a leader of the Student Learning and Partner Success[Read More…]

Happy birthday, education savings accounts

In 2006, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down two small voucher programs, one for children with disabilities, the other for children in foster care. It was a devastating loss, but from that setback came a new form of choice: an account-based program. The first education savings account program, Arizona’s Empowerment[Read More…]

The state that created the most new schools also the one where students learned more

Editor’s note: This commentary from reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner appeared Tuesday on Education Next. “Supply-side progressivism” was the topic of a recent New York Times article by Ezra Klein, citing “Cost Disease Socialism,” a new paper by the Niskanen Center. “We are in an era of spiraling costs for core social[Read More…]