Coronavirus / COVID-19

Indiana takes voucher-like approach to tutoring with $500 grants to families

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on Chalkbeat Indiana’s website. Indiana plans to channel up to $15 million in federal emergency funds directly to parents to pay for tutoring for students who are struggling with reading and math. Dubbed enrichment scholarships, the voucher-like program will provide each student who[Read More…]

Homeschooling surge continues despite schools reopening

Editor’s note: AP News published this article last week on its website, apnews.com The coronavirus pandemic ushered in what may be the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen. Two years later, even after schools reopened and vaccines became widely available, many parents have chosen to continue[Read More…]

Youth mental health crisis gives more urgency to school choice movement

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared recently on dailysignal.com. Parents have spent the last two years dealing with lawmakers’ and school officials’ indecisions about school re-openings, a nightmare for many. Public officials have constantly[Read More…]

Graduation rate among scholarship students declines slightly during COVID-19

The global pandemic may have caused a decline in graduation rates among Florida’s scholarship students, according to a recently released report from Step Up For Students. Graduation rates for seniors on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship fell 3.2 points during the first pandemic school year. In school year 2020-21, 4,344[Read More…]

Give lower-income families true choices

Editor’s note: This article from Ben DeGrow, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, appeared Thursday on the center’s website. The evidence is in: Demand for private school enrollment is growing in Michigan, reversing a years-long trend. For those concerned that this trend might worsen educational[Read More…]

Offering hope to Oklahoma students, families

Oklahoma parent Kelly Shank says that if her youngest son had anything to say about it, he would not socialize at all. Now in sixth grade, her son has been diagnosed with autism. She knows that he cannot go through his life without interacting with other people, despite his unique[Read More…]

Flexibility gave charter schools an edge during pandemic

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on reason.com. You can read more about how Seaside Charter School, pictured above, made a smooth transition to online learning here. Experience demonstrates that there are a lot of reasons to support school choice, from escaping curricula wars to seeking academic excellence to adopting preferred teaching[Read More…]

Homeschooling skyrocketed during the pandemic, but what does the future hold?

Editor’s note: This analysis on homeschooling during the pandemic and beyond from Daniel Hamlin, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, and Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, appears in the Winter 2022 issue[Read More…]