Education Spending

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner and EdChoice’s Mike McShane discuss public education’s accountability myths

On this episode, Ladner speaks with the director of national research at EdChoice about the latter’s new report entitled, “The Accountability Myth.” The report takes aim at the commonly argued position that traditional public schools are a superior education option because they are held financially, democratically, and educationally accountable to[Read More…]

New report tells old truth: School choice saves money

Editor’s note: This commentary from EdChoice director of national research and reimaginED guest blogger Mike McShane appeared Thursday on forbes.com. Be sure to check back Monday to listen to a podcast with McShane conducted by reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner.  School choice is having a moment right now. 2021 yielded[Read More…]

Florida’s education choice scholarship program reaps savings, new report finds

Florida’s private school choice programs have saved taxpayers more than $2.8 billion since 2000, according to new research from the national school choice advocacy group EdChoice. Martin Leuken, director of Ed Choice’s fiscal research and education center, analyzed 40 private school scholarship programs in 19 states and Washington, D.C., for[Read More…]

Opinion: A modest education reform that could save Connecticut taxpayers billions

Editor’s note: This commentary from Lewis M. Andrews, chair of the Children’s Educational Opportunity Foundation of Connecticut, appeared Saturday on the New Haven Register. A recently released school reform study in New York promises timely fiscal as well as educational benefits, and not just for the Empire State. Some quick[Read More…]

The real drain on education spending

Editor’s note: This commentary from Aaron Smith, director of education policy at the Reason Foundation, characterizes Florida as “the nation’s school choice bellwether.” It appears today on the National Review. As public-school battles over masks, vaccinations, and critical race theory continue, one thing is for certain this year: The demand for school choice will[Read More…]

Under the staircase, Part 2

In an earlier post, I explained why districts don’t tend to replicate or expand high-demand schools. In a word, the reason is politics. Adults working in low-demand schools, with enrollment well below the design capacity of their buildings, tend to look upon expanding or replicating high-demand district schools in a[Read More…]

Pennsylvania legislators provide huge boost to education choice

Despite achieving the single biggest boost in the history of Pennsylvania’s tax credit scholarship program, state lawmakers already are pledging to keep working toward further expansion of education choice for families. In addition to a $300 million increase to basic education funding, lawmakers last week approved an annual budget that[Read More…]

Study: School choice in Indiana led to savings for state

Editor’s note: This post appeared earlier today on Inside Indiana Business. A new study from Ball State University shows Indiana’s school choice options saved the state nearly $90 million for the 2019-2020 academic year. The study, conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research, indicates the savings equates to[Read More…]