Education and Public Policy

Teach Florida celebrates first anniversary of nation’s largest education choice expansion

Editor’s note: You can watch a livestream of the celebration here. Like most birthday parties for 1-year-olds, this one had cake. It featured remarks from guests who were impressed with the past 12 months of growth. It included predictions about continued growth. What was unusual about this birthday party was[Read More…]

National education choice expert, reimaginED executive editor featured on national podcast

Matthew Ladner, director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity and executive editor of reimaginED, appeared as this week’s guest on the Ricochet Audio Network. Ladner talked with host Jon Gabriel about Arizona’s improvements in education, made possible by the state’s robust school choice options which include charter schools and[Read More…]

Charter school parents push back to preserve school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, appeared today on the74million.org. A parent-led rally today in Washington, D.C., is putting the charter school movement’s energy and passion on full display as supporters band together to fight for their schools[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida mom expresses gratitude for state scholarship expansion to students in military families

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Tina Riffe, whose daughter, Vivian, 15, attends Grace Christian School in the Tampa Bay area on a Family Empowerment Scholarship for Education Options. Riffe’s father served in the U.S. Navy. Her husband, Danny, a first-class petty officer, joined the Navy[Read More…]

K-12 ‘deadweight loss’ falls mainly on the poor

Deadweight loss, also known as excess burden, is a cost to society created by market inefficiency. It occurs when supply and demand are out of equilibrium. Mainly used in economics, it can be applied to any deficiency caused by an inefficient allocation of resources. Here is how Wikipedia defines deadweight[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…]

All eyes on Florida’s new education commissioner

Editor’s note: This commentary from Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, appeared Tuesday on realclearpolicy.com. Last Friday, Florida’s State Board of Education voted to approve Republican Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. the state’s new education commissioner. Diaz makes history as Florida’s first Hispanic education commissioner. He is[Read More…]

Students deserve quality teachers in the classroom now

Editor’s note: This commentary was co-authored by these Arizona educators: Stephanie Miller, superintendent, Congress Elementary School District; Tonya Stroizer, principal, Holladay Fine Arts Magnet; Jessica Maskowske, school director, Western School of Science & Technology; Luis Perales, school leader, Mexicayotl Academy of Excellence; Angelina Canto, assistant superintendent of curriculum & instruction,[Read More…]