Education Research

Florida again No. 3 in America in K-12 achievement

Florida, a national leader in education choice, ranks No. 3 in K-12 achievement for a second year in a row, trailing only Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to the latest rankings report from Education Week. This shouldn’t be a surprise. For one thing, Education Week based most of its 2021[Read More…]

More evidence that growth of Florida Tax Credit Scholarship has benefited public school students

A recently updated report of a 2020 study that concluded public school student performance improved along with the growth of state scholarship programs for lower-income students in private schools has reaffirmed those results, going beyond the original findings. Additional research from David Figlio, Cassandra M.D. Hart and Kryzstof Karbownik answers[Read More…]

Study details change in Gardiner families’ spending patterns

The longer students remain on Florida’s Gardiner Scholarship program, the more likely their parents are to spend money on curriculum, tutoring and specialized services, a new working paper finds. The study, “Distribution of Education Savings Accounts Usage Among Families,” by Michelle Lofton of the University of Georgia and Martin Lueken[Read More…]

Choice programs must be inclusive, diverse to best serve disadvantaged students

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so get ready to read fast! First, this from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Dashboard on Ohio: Now, the Fordham Foundation’s map of Ohio open enrollment (non)-participation by district: And next, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools dashboard on[Read More…]

New Brookings study on Texas special education cap disturbing on multiple levels

President Harry Truman famously opined that incoming president Dwight Eisenhower, a former five-star general, would have a rough go of things. Observed Truman: “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll find it very frustrating.” State[Read More…]

Let’s try getting back to basics as a remedy for public education’s woes

What’s faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s public education! Since the time of Horace Mann’s common school in the 19th century, American educators, politicians and commentators[Read More…]

Project Nickel: A new search engine to help parents learn what public schools spend

In the 2019 feature film “Miss Virginia,” a working mother in the nation’s capital struggles to help her teenage son escape a violent public school and leads a grassroots movement to rally parents to demand new school choice options for their children. A turning point in the story occurs when[Read More…]

How Florida’s school choice programs create good citizens

Editor’s note: This commentary from John Legg, co-founder and CFO of Dayspring Academy charter school, appeared this morning in the Tampa Bay Times. Legg served as chairman of the Senate K-12 Committee from 2012-16, speaker pro-tempore of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-12, and chairman of the House K-12[Read More…]