Course Choice

Public schools can’t escape criticism when reflecting on Brown v. Board

Nearly 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education rewrote the rules of American K-12 education, pundits and academics are still debating its legacy. And despite nearly universal agreement over the shame and damage done by segregation and resistance to integration, some refuse to reflect deeply on the very flaws[Read More…]

Private school choice upholds our civic values

Editor’s note: This commentary from Byron Schlomach, who served as director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute, appeared Monday on the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs website. Public education has an aura or mystique about it for many people. The vast majority of Americans received their[Read More…]

Advocates prepare for Supreme Court to overturn Maine’s religious school funding ban

Editor’s note: This commentary about Carson V. Makin, a U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine whether a state violates the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution by prohibiting students participating in an otherwise generally available student aid program from choosing to use their aid to attend schools[Read More…]

State colleges look to expand high school programs to boost sagging enrollment

Like their counterparts nationally, many of Florida’s locally governed public colleges experienced enrollment declines before the pandemic that only grew steeper after its onset. Also like their counterparts, these post-secondary schools, which, like state universities, are coordinated under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education, have been exploring and[Read More…]

Yes, school choice works in rural areas

Editor’s note: This story is one in a series about the benefits and success of education choice in Florida’s rural areas. For school choice opponents across America who say school choice can’t work in rural areas, say hi to Hope Rural School! Hope Rural School is a PreK-5 Catholic school[Read More…]

Families may like their school but want more options; that’s where course choice comes in

Editor’s note: This commentary from Rick Hess, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, appeared today on edweek.org. The debate over school choice has long featured strident rhetoric about union lackeys and privatizers. But now, after millions of students spent a year or more in off-and-on home schooling and makeshift[Read More…]

Competition drives improvement in public schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Byron Schlomach, who served as director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute, appeared Wednesday on the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ website. People love contests. We have spelling bees, chess tournaments, video game contests, and poker tournaments, just to name a[Read More…]

Florida’s religious academies offer faith-based school option

Editor’s note: This article appeared Sunday in The Villages Daily Sun. First Academy Leesburg is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, but that doesn’t mean every student who goes there attends that church, let alone is Baptist. “I would say 20% of our students attend FBC Leesburg,” said[Read More…]