Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

As private school choice spreads, implementation is imperative

Editor’s note: This commentary appears in the Spring 2023 issue of Education Next. America is in the midst of a parental choice revolution. In the past few months, five states—Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Utah and West Virginia—have adopted education savings account, or ESA, programs, which extend private-school-choice eligibility to all or[Read More…]

Robert Pondiscio: Teachers and the right

Editor’s note: Pondiscio is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on K–12 education, curriculum, teaching, school choice, and charter schooling. This commentary, published here in its entirety, first appeared on There’s a story often told about Ronald Reagan who, in 1980, hired Lionel Sosa, a[Read More…]

Which states will be ‘un-investable’ for young families?

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary joined CNN recently to discuss “the one thing that no one saw coming – the competition between states.” He described a number of states as “un-investible,” and under questioning, opined that regulation in addition to taxes contribute to making states un-investable. “When you have punitive policy,[Read More…]

podcastED: Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill talks with New Hampshire education choice pioneer Kate Baker Demers

On this episode, Tuthill interviews Demers, who started the Children’s Scholarship Fund in New Hampshire, and has worked tirelessly as its executive director for the establishment of a tax credit scholarship fund in 2012 and Education Freedom Accounts, which lawmakers approved in 2021. Both are open to families whose incomes[Read More…]

Word for word: What parents want Florida legislators to know this session

Editor’s note: Among those who came prepared Thursday to speak to Florida lawmakers in favor of legislation that would make education choice more flexible for families were two parents whose children have benefited from the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Lance Ball and Rebeka Joseph, both of Tallahassee, want legislators to[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Private Jesuit school allowed my son to shine

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Nebraska mother LeDonna Griffin was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. As a public school educator and administrator for more than a quarter of a century, I was aware that our public school system in Omaha, Nebraksa, would not be[Read More…]

Word for word: Democratic lawmaker says education choice saved his life

Editor’s note: Last week, as members of the Florida House Education & Employment Committee debated HB 1, some lawmakers shared how education choice, or the lack of it, shaped their lives. Among them was Rep. Gallop Franklin II. The Tallahassee Democrat, one of two members of his party who joined[Read More…]

Florida’s education choice opportunity

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jason Bedrick, a research fellow with The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, appeared Sunday on Florida long has been a leading state for education freedom and choice. It was no surprise when Florida ranked first in the nation last year in The Heritage[Read More…]