Demographic Research

Charter school enrollment expands as traditional district enrollment sags

Preliminary data from a new state-level analysis from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools indicates that public charter schools posted more enrollment growth in 2020-21 than they’ve seen in the past six years, even as traditional public school enrollment declined during the first full academic year of the COVID-19[Read More…]

Has the number of homeschoolers doubled? Or are the lines blurring?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Travis Pillow, editorial director at the Center for Reinventing Public Education, asks whether it’s time to redefine homeschooling amid the proliferation of new educational approaches blossoming in a COVID-19 world. It appeared Monday on CRPE’s website. One Saturday morning a few years ago, I was[Read More…]

Whether it’s home or schools, the same thing matters: location, location, location

When my husband and I bought our first home as newlyweds, we didn’t think to ask what public schools served the area. We were young, childless, and hyper-focused on our journalism careers, so our concerns centered on ease of commuting to work and shopping. Then there was the fact that[Read More…]

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…]

Study: Lack of in-person instruction caused public school enrollment to dip

A new report from researchers at Stanford University shows about 300,000 students did not attend public school last year because their schools didn’t offer in-person learning, a finding that accounts for about one-quarter of the country’s overall public school enrollment drop during the pandemic. The study examined the impact of[Read More…]

Florida private school enrollment declines sharply during pandemic

COVID-19 rocked K-12 school enrollment overall last year, but private schools were hit especially hard as enrollment declined for the first time in more than a decade. A new report from the Florida Department of Education shows private school enrollment fell by 33,500 students, the steepest decline observed in the[Read More…]

Florida superintendent surfs tsunami, generates positive publicity for school choice

Media coverage in Florida is often negative when it comes to how school choice and education choice have become mainstream – and how advantageous that transformation has been for millions of families. How refreshing, then, to see the take from the state’s leading business publication. For its latest cover story,[Read More…]