Progressives and ed reform

How civil rights activist Howard Fuller became a devout champion of school choice

Editor’s note: This article about education choice pioneer Howard Fuller from Jon Hale, associate professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, appeared Monday on The Conversation, a nonprofit, independent news organization that encourages Creative Commons republication. As a longtime civil rights activist and education reformer, Howard Fuller[Read More…]

redefinED’s best of 2020: Two decades of dedication, focus result in new landmark for Step Up For Students

Editor’s note: During the holiday season, redefinED is reprising the “best of the best” from our 2020 archives. This post originally published Oct. 14. Nearly two decades after Step Up For Students began awarding tax credit scholarships for lower-income students to fulfill their school choice dreams, the organization is marking[Read More…]

20 years of dedication, focus result in new landmark for Step Up For Students

Editor’s note: You can view a timeline of Step Up For Students’ historical milestones at https://www.stepupforstudents.org/one-million/. Nearly two decades after Step Up For Students began awarding tax credit scholarships for lower-income students to fulfill their school choice dreams, the organization is marking another milestone: the funding of its 1-millionth scholarship.[Read More…]

Opening up education choice conversation increases chances for success

According to the National Review, progressive education reformers are ruining everything. I had no idea. How many progressive education reformers are we talking about? Is this like when my mother in-law throws two or three chocolate chips into my oatmeal when I’m not trying to have dessert for breakfast? Or[Read More…]

archivED: For school choice foes, a more complete history of vouchers and race

Editor’s note: Each Saturday in October, redefinED is reviving a post from our archives that speaks to the rich and sometimes surprising history of education choice in the United States. Today’s post, which first appeared in July 2017, chronicles several chapters from the movement’s rich past. In the 1900’s, Mary[Read More…]

archivED: Both Democrats and Republicans have switched on education choice

Editor’s note: Each Saturday in October, redefinED is reviving a post from our archives that speaks to the rich and sometimes surprising history of education choice in the United States. Today’s post, which first appeared in October 2012, reflects upon the complex and often conflicting political, economic and social forces[Read More…]

archivED: Progressives have long supported vouchers, education choice

Editor’s note: Each Saturday in October, redefinED will revive a post from our archives that speaks to the rich and sometimes surprising history of education choice in the United States. Today’s post, which first appeared in 2012, is nevertheless still relevant, reminding us it’s impossible to stereotype families who use vouchers and[Read More…]