Tag: education equity

Will education savings accounts change America’s definition of ‘public education?’

Editor’s note: This interview, conducted by Robert Pondiscio, a senior visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, with Ashley Berner, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, appeared last week on the institute’s website. Last week, two more states—Iowa and Utah—joined Arizona and West Virginia in adopting universal[Read More…]

As COVID pandemic wanes, expect more Black families to seek alternatives to traditional schools

Many families whose schools were closed in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic or who erred on the side of caution about sending their children back to the classroom responded innovatively by forming learning pods – small groups of students led by a teacher or an educator guide. Now[Read More…]

School zoning laws don’t make much sense anymore

Public schools historically have been defined by their location. Whether one’s home is in a “good school district” matters. But the last few years have raised important questions about whether tying children to a particular building is wise policy. Zoning laws may have made some sense decades ago, but today,[Read More…]

Equity, opportunity, efficiency: The future of K-12 funding has arrived

Editor’s note: This commentary from Marty Lueken, director of the Fiscal Research and Education Center at EdChoice, and James Shuls, a fellow at EdChoice, first appeared on washingtonexaminer.com. Fifty years ago, public education advocates began fighting for equity in public school funding. They looked forward to a day when every[Read More…]

RAND Corporation research evaluates microschool academic growth, validating measurements

Editor’s note: Don Soifer, author of this commentary, is president of Nevada Action for School Options, whose MicroschoolingNV initiative actively engages in movement building for microschooling in different states. A new study from researchers at the venerable RAND Corporation takes the important step of evaluating the academic growth achieved by[Read More…]

Public schools can’t escape criticism when reflecting on Brown v. Board

Nearly 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education rewrote the rules of American K-12 education, pundits and academics are still debating its legacy. And despite nearly universal agreement over the shame and damage done by segregation and resistance to integration, some refuse to reflect deeply on the very flaws[Read More…]

Dedicated to the proposition

“Matters of fact … are very stubborn things.” Tindal, Will of Matthew Tindal My Catholic elementary school in Duluth, Minnesota, shared a boundary line with a large public school, East Junior High. In seventh and eighth grades, we kids from Rosary would be sent across that border once a week,[Read More…]

Jack Coons: Childhood responsibility and freedom

Webster defines the adjectives “free” and “responsible” as follows: Free: Acting of one’s own will or choice and not under compulsion or restraint; determining one’s own action or choice. Responsible: Having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable. These two words, together, declare the status of every rational human[Read More…]