Parent Empowerment

podcastED: Homeschool research group president shares personal, professional experience

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Brian Ray, a co-founder and president of the National Home Education Research Institute, a national nonprofit that conducts and collects research about home-based education and publishes the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of works documented and cataloged on[Read More…]

School choice is the free-market solution to failing public schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Garion Frankel, a graduate student at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and a reimaginED guest blogger, and Cooper Conway, a national voices fellow at 50CAN, appeared last week on washingtonexaminer.com. The government’s corner on the education market is a common[Read More…]

Three education choice advocates featured on Spectrum In Focus

As schools begin opening their doors for a new academic year, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill joined State Rep. Randy Fine (R, Palm Bay) and State Rep. Susan Valdes (D, Tampa) in a conversation with Spectrum News In Focus anchor Allison Walker. The trio discussed the wide array[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Cyber charter school provides my daughter with the safety and security she desperately needs

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Pennsylvania mother and founder of Pennsylvania Families for Education Choice Sharon Sedlar was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. In kindergarten and first grade, our daughter Virginia was energetic, fearless, quick-witted, and smart. But in second grade, something changed.[Read More…]

Education savings accounts empower families when public schools fail them

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jonathan Butcher, senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation and a reimaginED guest blogger, appeared today on The Federalist. What happens when a little kid can’t say his name or his teacher’s name?” asked Kelly Pichitino, mother of a child with special needs in Arizona.[Read More…]

Private school choice programs balance transparency and autonomy

Editor’s note: This commentary from Matt Ladner, director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity and executive editor of reimaginED, and Ginny Gentles, director of the Independent Women’s Forum’s Education Freedom Center, appeared Friday on Real Clear Education.  Wisconsin lawmakers passed the first private school choice program in 1990. Lawmakers[Read More…]

Opinion: Supreme Court ruling fully opens door for Colorado school vouchers

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared Tuesday on travelbreakingnews.net. Do you remember where you were when the Zelman v. Simmons Harris ruling came down? I do. It was a beautiful spring day in Washington, D.C., and my pensive mood turned sunny upon hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the Ohio school[Read More…]

Listen to parents, leaders; expand education choice and hold policies accountable

Editor’s note: This commentary from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appeared last week on miamiherald.com. Like all parents, Jeni and Neal Schoenbach want the best for their children, and each year they assess how their children are doing and what type of school would serve them best. Their kids attend[Read More…]