Education and Public Policy

Supreme Court tosses Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools

This article appeared earlier today on bangordailynews.com. You can find a link to the full court decision here. A conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine’s ban on public funding for religious schools was unconstitutional and violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. The[Read More…]

West Virginia, businesses investing in innovative education options

With rising inflation and a stock market on the rocks, any big investment is worth watching. And with researchers reporting poor returns on student achievement in assigned schools during the pandemic, this makes any investment in education even more notable. So with venture capitalists betting big on Prenda last week,[Read More…]

SUFS president Doug Tuthill on new DeVos book, how the former education secretary exhibits grace under pressure

Former US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a new book today called Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child. I’ve read the book and I like it. Hostages No More flows well and touches on most of the key topics readers[Read More…]

Future New York migrants could bring their school buildings with them to Florida

Charles C.W. Cooke wrote an entertaining column this weekend for the New York Post about the massive outflow of population from New York to Florida: In these very pages a couple of weeks ago, Post columnist Steve Cuozzo told New Yorkers who’d moved to the Sunshine State: “You’ll all be sorry. Florida[Read More…]

Education Department launches ‘unprecedented’ parent council

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on The 74. Recognizing a growing movement for parent rights in education, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday announced the creation of a new “Parents and Families Engagement Council.” The council will include representatives from 14 organizations that advocate for giving parents a voice in their[Read More…]

Word for Word: Former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks education freedom, the effect of pandemic and what’s in her upcoming book

Editor’s note: Former U.S. Secretary of Education and longtime education choice champion Betsy DeVos is  promoting her new book, “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child,” which is set to be released on June 21. DeVos recently sat down with her former[Read More…]

Backfilling charter school seats didn’t hurt test scores, new Boston study finds

Editor’s note: This analysis from Marcus A. Winters, an associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Education Next. Among the regulatory freedoms available to most charter schools[Read More…]

Florida reformers got it right

Editor’s note: This commentary from William Mattox, a resident fellow at the James Madison Institute and a reimaginED guest blogger, originally appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of Education Next.  My son Richard has the chutzpah of Hank Greenberg, the greatest Jewish baseball player of all time. So, soon after[Read More…]