Education Choice

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…]

Florida education savings accounts bill heading into to home stretch before becoming law

Landmark legislation that would expand education choice eligibility to all Florida’s K-12 students and add spending flexibility to all state choice scholarship programs headed toward its final journey on Wednesday before being signed into law. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, the sponsor of SB 202, introduced the bill but then agreed[Read More…]

Bills that would expand sports options for charter school students headed to passage

While transformational bills to expand education choice eligibility have taken center stage during the Florida legislative session, other measures that would affect those already participating in choice program also are under consideration. Some may not make it to the finish line before the end of the eight-week session, but at[Read More…]

School choice primarily benefits students not already in private schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jay Greene, a senior research fellow in the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, and Jason Bedrick, a research fellow with The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, appeared Monday on As school choice sweeps across the country, opponents are getting more[Read More…]

podcastED: W.Va. mom takes bold stand to help save education choice for families in Mountain State

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Katie Switzer, a soon-to-be-mother of five who played a key role in helping overturn a court ruling that shut down West Virginia’s new Hope Scholarship program about a month before schools were set to re-open for the 2022-23 academic year.[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…]

Robert Pondiscio: Teachers and the right

Editor’s note: Pondiscio is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on K–12 education, curriculum, teaching, school choice, and charter schooling. This commentary, published here in its entirety, first appeared on There’s a story often told about Ronald Reagan who, in 1980, hired Lionel Sosa, a[Read More…]

Separating fact from fiction: Analyzing the real cost of education choice, Part 1

Editor’s note: This analysis from Patrick Gibbons, manager for Policy and Public Affairs at Step Up For Students, is the first in a two-part series. Education choice opponents have made big headlines across the nation by claiming choice programs will cost billions of dollars and strip public schools of the[Read More…]