Education and Public Policy

Why some in education are able to transform learning for kids and others are stuck

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jeanne Allen, founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, appeared last week on forbes.com. While thousands of the nation’s school systems were paralyzed by the pandemic, and some even bullied by teachers unions in the midst of it, in many communities, innovative schools, parent groups and other[Read More…]

Nevada launches new family-friendly education program for special needs learners

Editor’s note: This commentary from Don Soifer, president of Nevada Action for School Options, is an exclusive to reimaginED. Families of special-needs learners across Nevada recently received notification that they have received grant awards under what may be the Silver State’s most family-friendly education program to date. The Transforming Opportunities[Read More…]

New Hampshire moves toward more education choice for families

Months after passing a program to allow state education funding to go toward private school tuition and homeschooling costs, a New Hampshire state representative wants to expand that model. House Bill 607 would create an opt-in, local version of the state’s education freedom accounts program that was approved last summer.[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…]

Reimagining education at ExcelinED national summit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – What if …? Two small words for sure, but they found themselves Thursday morning at the front of some big ideas aimed at reimagining the nation’s education system. The continued growth of microschool and pods was discussed, but also … What if there was part-time[Read More…]

Jewish school choice advocacy group Teach Florida thanks lawmakers for support at annual breakfast

More than 600 people joined Teach Florida’s board and staff for the organization’s annual legislative breakfast this week at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Attendees included state legislators, elected local officials and members of the Jewish day school communities of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The focus of[Read More…]

For learning pod teachers, a pandemic paradigm shift

Editor’s note: This post from Center on Reinventing Public Education senior analyst Steven Weiner on why so many teachers don’t want to return to traditional classrooms appeared Tuesday on The 74.  Samantha had been a veteran educator for 14 years, first as a classroom teacher and then a principal, when[Read More…]

West Virginia activist sees education choice as key to better quality of life

“Almost every other state had some mix of charters, tax credits, scholarships, or education savings accounts, but not West Virginia, so it struck me as yet another thing that was unavailable to my fellow West Virginians. When the lack of choice was coupled with troubling education outcomes, it became a[Read More…]