Demographic Research

Parent demand for school choice surges

Editor’s note: This report from the organizers of National School Choice Week found that nearly 52% of parents in the United States have considered, or are considering, finding new schools for their children. Frustrated by COVID disruptions to their children’s schooling and seeking higher-quality education environments, nearly 14% of U.S. parents are[Read More…]

Best of 2021: Let’s try getting back to basics as a remedy for public education’s woes

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021 such as this commentary from our Step Up For Students policy and public affairs colleague Patrick Gibbons. What’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings at[Read More…]

Controlling the narrative: Parental choice, Black empowerment and lessons from Florida

Editor’s note: This special report was compiled by Denisha Merriweather, director of public relations and content marketing at the American Federation for Children; Dava Hankerson, director of enterprise data and research at Step Up For Students; Nathaniel Cunneen, communications associate at the American Federation for Children; and Ron Matus, director of[Read More…]

New report tells old truth: School choice saves money

Editor’s note: This commentary from EdChoice director of national research and reimaginED guest blogger Mike McShane appeared Thursday on forbes.com. Be sure to check back Monday to listen to a podcast with McShane conducted by reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner.  School choice is having a moment right now. 2021 yielded[Read More…]

National report answers the question: Who’s afraid of school choice?

  Editor’s note: To read reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner’s take on the new EdChoice report, click here. For critics of school choice, the apocalypse has always been now. School choice supporters are still waiting. A new report,  “Who’s Afraid of School Choice?” by Jason Bedrick and Ed Tarnowksi of[Read More…]

Florida’s education choice scholarship program reaps savings, new report finds

Florida’s private school choice programs have saved taxpayers more than $2.8 billion since 2000, according to new research from the national school choice advocacy group EdChoice. Martin Leuken, director of Ed Choice’s fiscal research and education center, analyzed 40 private school scholarship programs in 19 states and Washington, D.C., for[Read More…]

Districts don’t want to segregate but don’t have enough money for cab fare

District boundaries are not racially neutral, nor are the decisions made by districts on whether to participate in open enrollment. American housing patterns are quite segregated by income and race, so ZIP code assignment to schools will naturally reflect those patterns. An important way to improve education outcomes and potentially[Read More…]

FEA takes a swing at school choice – and misses

Last month, the Florida Education Association stepped up to the plate to take a swing at school choice. The state’s teacher union made three claims. First, that 90% of Florida’s K-12 students attend public schools; second, that this figure hasn’t changed in more than 20 years; and third, that the[Read More…]