Education and Public Policy

New York’s mayor needs to do more than eliminate ‘gifted’ programs

Editor’s note: This commentary from writer, lawyer and legal historian Natalie Wexler appeared recently on forbes.com. You can listen to a podcast Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill recorded with Wexler here. Bowing to longstanding pressure, New York City’s outgoing mayor has announced that the city will eliminate its[Read More…]

Nation’s most expansive education savings account is good news for West Virginia families

Editor’s note: reimaginED is pleased to present this commentary from Colleen Hroncich, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, on the benefits of education savings accounts to students and families of West Virginia. Katie Switzer, a West Virginia mother of four, knows firsthand that different children have different needs. That’s why[Read More…]

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor discusses modernizing public education transportation with A for Arizona’s Emily Anne Gullickson

On this episode, Matthew Ladner speaks with the president of the Arizona-based education nonprofit about the group’s work to create an innovation fund to seed new options for families that need more choices for getting their children to school. Both Ladner and Gullickson, staunch supporters of education choice, acknowledge that[Read More…]

Expanding school choice via education savings accounts could save New York taxpayers

Editor’s note: This article appeared Saturday on nypost.com. Research is clear that expanding school choice — empowering parents to choose educational options for their children outside traditional district schools — provides benefits for families, communities and society. But these programs have an ancillary benefit beyond improving schools, one that New[Read More…]

Happy birthday, education savings accounts

In 2006, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down two small voucher programs, one for children with disabilities, the other for children in foster care. It was a devastating loss, but from that setback came a new form of choice: an account-based program. The first education savings account program, Arizona’s Empowerment[Read More…]

Ohio lawmakers propose school choice for all students

An Ohio legislator, concerned that the state’s current voucher program isn’t sufficient to address the needs of all Ohio families, is proposing a new bill that would allow universal vouchers for all students, regardless of family income. The legislation, known as the “backpack bill,” would allow much greater access than[Read More…]

The state that created the most new schools also the one where students learned more

Editor’s note: This commentary from reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner appeared Tuesday on Education Next. “Supply-side progressivism” was the topic of a recent New York Times article by Ezra Klein, citing “Cost Disease Socialism,” a new paper by the Niskanen Center. “We are in an era of spiraling costs for core social[Read More…]