Coronavirus / COVID-19

EdChoice poll: Parent interest growing for education savings accounts

While school parents and the general public are more likely to be pessimistic about the direction of K-12 education, about two in five American adults believe it’s heading in the right direction – an 18-percentage point increase since 2016 – according to the most recent survey from EdChoice on schooling[Read More…]

Could learning pods evolve into a sustainable solution for K-12 education?

Editor’s note: This analysis from Alice Opalka, a research analyst with the Center on Reinventing Public Education, appeared today on The 74. It originally published on CRPE’s education blog, The Lens. Over the past school year, the Center on Reinventing Public Education has tracked how pandemic learning pods evolved from emergency responses[Read More…]

New Hampshire’s new education savings account will allow families to customize learning

Editor’s note: Be sure to visit reimaginED this Wednesday to listen to a podcast with Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill and New Hampshire state Rep. Glenn Cordelli. Interest in a new school choice option in New Hampshire is running high after more than 1,000 families submitting inquiries to the[Read More…]

American Federation for Children leaders discuss education choice on national podcast

When the producers of the national podcast Ruthless sat down to brainstorm topics for coverage at the start of the new school year, one idea rose to the top of the list: a deep dive on education choice and how it’s currently playing out across the nation. They chose two[Read More…]

Fact-checking the pundits as a new school year begins

As students head back to school, we can check some predictions made last year about how COVID would change K-12 classrooms. First, teacher unions forecast that schools would close in large numbers without additional federal spending. In June 2020, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told Fox News, “We[Read More…]

COVID-19 spurs school choice legislation as Missouri, 4 other states pass education savings account bills

Editor’s note: This post from Wayne D’Orio appeared Monday on The 74. As the new school year ramps up, much of the national attention is focused on mask mandates and how aspects of U.S. history will be taught. But away from the spotlight, the issue of school choice is quietly[Read More…]

The gradual and the sudden

This week, redefinED will become reimaginED, arriving chorus-like to document the efforts of educators and families to reshape public education in a more pluralistic and productive system. Those efforts are taking shape in both gradual and sudden ways. Our goal will be to do our best to pay attention to[Read More…]

Private school enrollment increase points to parent, student satisfaction as new academic year begins

Holy Family Catholic School started its new academic year not with a bang, but a boom. An enrollment boom. “Last year, we had about 360 students,” said Sandy Salem, director of marketing and advancement for the Jacksonville, Florida, school.  “This year we jumped to over 420. We hope to continue[Read More…]