Tag: Fordham Institute

School choice and parental compromise

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jeff Murray, formerly employed at School Choice Ohio and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, appeared today on the Fordham Institute’s website. What parents are looking for in an ideal school choice scenario is often very different from what they settle for in the real world.[Read More…]

What to do with the time given to us?

Chester E. Finn Jr., distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus at the Fordham Institute, authored what is in my opinion the K-12 commentary of the year thus far with Did public education have it coming?  Finn’s piece was a reaction to Laura Meckler’s column in the Washington Post titled, “Public[Read More…]

America’s school rebellion is built on hope – and a great deal of evidence

Making use of data from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University, the Fordham Institute has produced a new study of metropolitan area academic achievement. Fordham finds that increased charter school market share is associated with statistically significantly higher scores for disadvantaged student populations. The chart below shows differences for[Read More…]

SUFS president Doug Tuthill featured on national podcast

For more than a decade, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has hosted a weekly podcast, the Education Gadfly Show. On this week’s episode, Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill joins Mike Petrilli, the Fordham Institute’s president and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and David Griffith, a[Read More…]

Gigantic and all-too-real segregation must end

“You were born where you were born and faced the future you faced because you were black and for no other reason,” James Baldwin wrote to his nephew James in 1962. “The limits to your ambition were thus expected to be settled. You were born into a society which spelled[Read More…]

Fordham Institute report: Rising tide of charters lifting all boats

Forget about the charter vs. district school debate. The more important question is whether student achievement improves overall. Does a rising tide of charter school enrollment lift the overall achievement boat? The Fordham Institute released a report to address exactly that. As charter school enrollment increases as a percentage of[Read More…]