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Two thousand zero zero, party over, oops out of time

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of state lawmakers, one of whom asked me a startling question after acknowledging that his state doesn’t have charter schools: Should we really bother with them? As I heard the record scratch in my head, my mind wandered to a[Read More…]

Catholic school enrollment post-pandemic on the rise

Editor’s note: This question-and-answer interview with Lincoln Snyder, president and CEO of the National Catholic Educational Association, appeared Sunday on Catholic schools in the United States have grown in enrollment for two straight years, reaching record levels in some dioceses. Nationwide, Catholic enrollment jumped from 1.63 million to 1.69[Read More…]

Separating fact from fiction: Analyzing the real cost of education choice, Part 2

Editor’s note: This analysis from Patrick Gibbons, manager for Policy and Public Affairs at Step Up For Students, is the second in a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. Earlier this month, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Education Law Center, Public School Funds, and the National Center for[Read More…]

Can Texas keep up with Florida?

One of my darkest days as a sports fan came in January of 1991. Mrs. Ladner and I were on our honeymoon in Paris, and I picked up a copy of the International Herald Tribune. On the front cover was a photo of University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland[Read More…]

Jonathan Butcher: Good ideas in education travel in packs

Earlier this year, I wrote for reimaginED that  South Carolina educators were publicly debating the nature and purpose of education in the state. Whether schools should focus on STEM or liberal arts, or some combination, is a good discussion to have. But since taxpayers are spending three times as much[Read More…]

Florida’s low-income students have most to gain from universal school choice

The passage of HB1, a bill which makes all Florida children eligible for education choice, will benefit low-income children remaining in public school. Arizona’s experience illustrates how this process works. While choice advocates are celebrating a wave of universal ESA program passages in 2022 and 2023, Arizona lawmakers first passed[Read More…]

Education choice means accountability to families

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jason Bedrick, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, appears in the Spring 2023 issue of Education Next. As education choice policies sweep the nation, critics are raising concerns about the potential for waste, fraud, and abuse. Yet a closer look[Read More…]

As private school choice spreads, implementation is imperative

Editor’s note: This commentary appears in the Spring 2023 issue of Education Next. America is in the midst of a parental choice revolution. In the past few months, five states—Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Utah and West Virginia—have adopted education savings account, or ESA, programs, which extend private-school-choice eligibility to all or[Read More…]