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How education choice lawsuits could radically change education

Editor’s note: This commentary from Amanda Kieffer, communications director for the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, appeared on projectforeverfree.org. It’s been a tempestuous couple of years for education reform, but the clouds have broken over 2021, and the silver linings have rarely shown as bright. Following two years of[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…]

Long-term NAEP scores for 13-year-olds drop for first time since testing began in 1970s

Editor’s note: This article on this week’s release of NAEP scores appeared Thursday on The 74. Thirteen-year-olds saw unprecedented declines in both reading and math between 2012 and 2020, according to scores released this morning from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Consistent with several years of previous data,[Read More…]

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…]

Why political candidates should support school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Cooper Conway, a contributor at Young Voices and a political science student at Boise State University, appeared Monday on the Washington Examiner. Educational freedom was on a roll this past year. Over 20 educational choice programs were either created or expanded in 18 states. This entails the[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…]

Don’t tell me school choice is racist

Editor’s note: This commentary from Denisha Merriweather, founder of Black Minds Matter and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared this morning on the Washington Examiner. Those who say school choice has racist roots are implying that parents, especially lower-income, black parents, should stay trapped in public schools that have failed their children for[Read More…]

Bill focused on education savings accounts will be 2022 priority for South Carolina Republicans

Editor’s note: This news story appeared on The Center Square. A South Carolina bill that would create education scholarship accounts for K-12 students was not heard during the first half of the General Assembly’s biennium session but is poised to advance when lawmakers convene in January. The South Carolina Education[Read More…]