Parental Choice

A parent’s story: ‘These children are our future doctors, our lawyers’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Katrina Gray debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have two sons. My oldest attended a private school on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and he’s now graduated from college. I was so impressed with the school and[Read More…]

Commentary: Families are ‘longing for an educational home for their child’

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” — Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia As a leader of the Student Learning and Partner Success[Read More…]

Happy birthday, education savings accounts

In 2006, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down two small voucher programs, one for children with disabilities, the other for children in foster care. It was a devastating loss, but from that setback came a new form of choice: an account-based program. The first education savings account program, Arizona’s Empowerment[Read More…]

The best school choice option you’ve never heard of

PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Like many students in Florida, Desiree Schmidt had multiple options when it was time to decide on high school. She chose to stick with Dayspring Academy, the charter school she had attended since kindergarten, and to enroll in its “early college” program. Neither Desiree’s mom, a[Read More…]

Ohio lawmakers propose school choice for all students

An Ohio legislator, concerned that the state’s current voucher program isn’t sufficient to address the needs of all Ohio families, is proposing a new bill that would allow universal vouchers for all students, regardless of family income. The legislation, known as the “backpack bill,” would allow much greater access than[Read More…]

The state that created the most new schools also the one where students learned more

Editor’s note: This commentary from reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner appeared Tuesday on Education Next. “Supply-side progressivism” was the topic of a recent New York Times article by Ezra Klein, citing “Cost Disease Socialism,” a new paper by the Niskanen Center. “We are in an era of spiraling costs for core social[Read More…]

Former high school dropout perseveres, overcomes, and will open inclusive school that welcomes students with autism

“There was one event that triggered me to create the private school I had always thought about over my career. It came one day when my son came home and said to me, ‘Mom, I’m a weird kid.’ That broke me, and for a time, it broke him too. ” [Read More…]