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May 14

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – April to May 2019

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Hello, everybody, and welcome to another EdChoice Chat. I’m Michael Chartier, your senior...
May 09

Discussing School Climate, Parent Involvement and More Findings from Recent Survey

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, EdChoice Vice President of Research and Innovation talks with the two authors of our recently released report, Families’...
May 07

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, April 2019

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arkansas  After passing the Arkansas Senate during the last week of March, SB 539 died in the Arkansas House of Representatives...
Apr 30

Cool Schools: All-Boys High School Focuses on Building Brotherhood, Being Leaders

In this episode of Cool Schools, Kevin Festerling, founder of Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School recounts the institution’s first academic year. Festerling says, “Our...
Apr 23

A Conversation with Philadelphia School Partnership’s Mark Gleason

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, EdChoice’s Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner talks with Mark Gleason, executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership....
Apr 16

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – March to April 2019

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Well, thank you, everybody, and welcome to another EdChoice Chat. On the phone,...
Apr 10

School Choice in Pop Culture: Last Man Standing

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, our VP of External Relations Brian McGrath and CRM and Email Marketing Manager Abby Hayes take a look...
Apr 04

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, March 2019

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION National Indiana Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2019 in the U.S. House of...
Apr 02

Cool Schools: Sharif El-Mekki Talks Success at this Turnaround Charter in Philadelphia

In this episode of the Cool Schools podcast, EdChoice Director of National Research Mike McShane talks with Sharif El-Mekki, principal of Mastery Charter Shoemaker...
Mar 26

Cool Schools: Minneapolis’s Hope Academy Paves Way for Inner-City Education

In this episode of Cool Schools, Director of National Research Mike McShane talks with Russ Gregg of Minneapolis’s Hope Academy. Almost 20 years ago,...
Mar 19

Talking the Opioid Crisis, Politics and Rural Education with Mike McShane and Andy Smarick

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of National Research Mike McShane talks with Andy Smarick of the R Street Institute. The two...
Mar 14

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – February to March 2019

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Hi everybody and welcome to another EdChoice Chat. This is Michael Chartier here,...
Mar 08

New Poll Reveals Nevadans’ Views on K–12 Education and School Choice

Nevada Action for School Options, EdChoice and Braun Research, Inc. teamed up recently to survey Nevadans on their views about K–12 education issues. The...
Mar 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2019

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona The Arizona Senate Finance Committee passed SB 1395, a bill that would improve the administration of the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts...
Mar 05

Researcher Profile Podcast: Danish Shakeel

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis Marty Lueken talks with Harvard post-doctoral student and researcher Danish Shakeel...
Feb 26

Cool Schools: Using the Harkness Instruction Method

In this episode of Cool Schools, Director of National Research Mike McShane talks with Lauren Boros, principal of Noble Academy, about their founding and...
Feb 26

Schooling in America Series Roundup

In our Schooling in America Series, EdChoice Research Assistant Michael Shaw delved deeper into our 2018 national survey data. From evaluating rural communities post-election...
Feb 19

Fireside Chats with Robert Enlow

In the first episode of our Fireside Chats series, EdChoice President and CEO Robert Enlow takes us back to our roots. He discusses the...
Feb 19

What K–12 Private School Teachers Aren’t Getting in Formal Training Programs

More than 480,000 private school educators in the U.S. teach more than 4.9 million K–12 students, and with private school choice programs on the...
Feb 15

School Survey Series: West Virginia Private Schools

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Drew Catt: Hello. I’m Drew Catt, and welcome back to EdChoice Chats. Today, we’re discussing...
Feb 12

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – January – February 2019

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER   Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Thank you everybody, and welcome to another EdChoice Chats. My name is...
Feb 05

Researcher Profile Podcast: Emily Coady

Emily Coady is a doctoral academy fellow and graduate research assistant in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. She speaks...
Feb 04

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2019

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona In Arizona, legislators have filed a large number of bills that would affect the existing educational choice policies, including several...
Feb 04

Reviewing the 2019 International School Choice and Reform Conference

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our VP of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner, VP of Research and Innovation Paul DiPerna, and Director of State...
Jan 30

New Report Envisions Practical Solutions to Make K–12 Funding More Equitable

There is not a single state, yet, that has achieved an equitable, efficient and opportunity-focused K–12 funding system, according to the authors of our...
Jan 25

The 2019 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

There’s no better time to reflect on recent school choice happenings and look forward to a new year than during National School Choice Week....
Jan 22

Legal Updates with Leslie: Florida, Maine, Montana, New Mexico and Tennessee

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner chats with Vice President of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner about several court...
Jan 23

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2019 Edition

Our team has never been shy about our focus on broad eligibility in school choice programs, but a program that’s open to all families...
Jan 16

The 2019 “ABCs of School Choice” Handbook Features You Should Know

Which new 2019 ABCs of School Choice features matter most? We boiled them down for you in the list below. Check them out, and...
Jan 15

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – December 2018 to January 2019

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: All right, everyone. Thank you to our new 2019 edition of our EdChoice...
Jan 08

Researcher Profile Podcast: James Shuls

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis Marty Lueken interviews James Shuls, a school choice researcher and EdChoice...
Jan 08

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, December 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Montana Montana Supreme Court’s struck down the state’s tax-credit scholarship program on Dec. 24, 2018. Our Vice President of Legal Affairs...
Dec 18

School Choice in Pop Culture: Yes, Prime Minister

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, our President and CEO Robert Enlow and our Director of Policy Jason Bedrick discuss one iconic episode of...
Dec 17

A More Rigorous Education: A Gifted Family’s School Choice Story

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our CRM and Email Marketing Manager Abby Hayes talks with Ola Alayande, a mother of seven children, about...
Dec 11

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – November to December 2018

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Thank you everybody, and welcome to another edition of EdChoice Chats. Usually we...
Dec 05

New EdChoice Survey Reveals Where Teachers, Parents, Public Compare on K–12 Education Issues

From walkouts to the Supreme Court to ballot measures, teachers and K–12 education made headlines this year. Elections can only tell us so much...
Nov 27

Hope We Didn’t Have Before: A School Choice Family’s Story

In today’s EdChoice Chat, our CRM and Email Marketing Manager Abby Hayes chats with Jenny Clark about her family’s experience with Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship...
Nov 20

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – October to November 2018

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Michael Chartier: All right everybody. Thank you for listening to another EdChoice Chat. We’re going to do a...
Nov 20

The School Choice Landscape Following the 2018 Election

After the recent mid-term election, we published our analysis of newly elected and re-elected governors and where they stand on the issue of private...
Nov 08

Where Governors Stand on School Choice 2018

Wondering where the nation’s newly elected or re-elected governors stand on education reform—and specifically on the issue of private school choice? We’ve collected their...
Nov 06

Researcher Profile Podcast: Grant Clayton

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of State Research and Special Projects Drew Catt talks with Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning...
Nov 05

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, October 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION National Children receiving a better education thanks to tax-credit scholarship programs may soon see those scholarships reduced or eliminated as a...
Nov 02

Cool Schools: Season One Roundup

In our Cool Schools podcast series, EdChoice’s Director of National Research Mike McShane spotlights some—you guessed it—cool schools across the country. This series isn’t...
Oct 30

Largest-of-its-kind survey finds Florida school choice parents more satisfied with their children’s education

Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program—a type of private school choice program—serves some of the most disadvantaged students in the state. In an effort to better...
Oct 23

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – September to October 2018

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Lauren: Welcome listeners, this is Lauren Hodge at joining you in studio with Jason Bedrick...
Oct 16

Cool Schools: Build UP Focuses on Education and Workforce Development in Urban Areas

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Mike McShane talks with the founder of Build UP, a new school launching in 2019 in Ensley, Alabama....
Oct 09

School Choice in Pop Culture: Harry Potter

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, two hardcore Harry Potter fans—our President and CEO Robert Enlow and our CRM and Email Marketing Manager Abby...
Oct 02

New Report Asks Whether We Should Do-Over or Double Down on K–12 Accountability

What does it mean to hold schools accountable? We convened focus groups of K–12 stakeholders—from policymakers to researchers to teachers—to wrestle with that tough...
Sep 24

Cool Schools: This Catholic School Network Exclusively Serves Students with Special Needs

You may have heard that private schools don’t serve students with special needs. But in today’s podcast, Director of National Research Mike McShane talks...
Sep 20

New Study Finds America’s School Voucher Programs Have Saved Billions

In our latest study, EdChoice’s Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis Marty Lueken examined the fiscal impact of voucher programs in Florida, Georgia, Indiana,...
Sep 12

School Choice in Pop Culture: Parenthood

In this episode of our School Choice in Pop Culture series, two fans of the NBC television show Parenthood, our Director of State Relations...
Sep 11

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – August to September 2018

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Well, thank you listeners. Welcome back to another EdChoice Chat. We’re going to...
Sep 07

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, August 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Florida On August 20, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order for oral arguments in Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida...
Aug 28

Researcher Profile Podcast: Corey DeAngelis

In today’s EdChoice Chat, our own Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis Marty Lueken talks with Cato Institute Policy Analyst Corey DeAngelis about what...
Aug 22

New Analysis Maps K–12 Schooling ‘Deserts’ in Choice-Rich Indiana

The authors of our latest report—Indiana’s Schooling Deserts—used Geographic Information System software to map families’ drive times to traditional public, magnet, charter and voucher-participating...
Aug 21

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – July to August 2018

In this week’s EdChoice Chat, EdChoice’s Director of State Relations Lauren Hodge, Director of Policy Jason Bedrick and Senior Director of State Relations Michael...
Aug 14

Cool Schools: Inner-City Catholic School Leader on New Orleans Education Post-Katrina

In today’s EdChoice Chat, Director of National Research Mike McShane talks with Thomas Moran, Jr., the president and CEO of a growing Catholic school...
Aug 07

Legal Updates with Leslie: Janus, Florida and Puerto Rico

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner chats with Vice President of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner about several court...
Aug 03

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, July 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION District of Columbia Washington, D.C.’s fiscal budget request to Congress was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. In it, the District requested...
Jul 31

Researcher Profile: Mike Podgursky

In this EdChoice Chat, we interview Dr. Mike Podgursky, a labor economist who has studied teacher labor markets and pensions for decades. Click to...
Jul 24

Cool Schools: This New Mexico School Continues the Long Tradition of Waldorf Education

Mike McShane chats with Jeffrey Baker, the school administrator of the Santa Fe Waldorf School. This prekindergarten through 12th grade school follows the nearly...
Jul 17

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – July 2018

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON STITCHER Our Podcast Transcribed Michael Chartier: Well, hello, listeners. Thank you again for joining us for another EdChoice Chat....
Jul 10

School Choice in Pop Culture: The West Wing

We are excited to kick off a new video and podcast series—School Choice in Pop Culture—where our team chats about how school choice is...
Jul 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, June 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION National On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of teachers and public employees in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The...
Jul 03

Cool Schools: How One Micro School Leader Follows a Unique Educational Philosophy

In today’s EdChoice Chat, we continue our Cool Schools series with an interview with the founder and director of the Highlands Micro School. Mike...
Jun 28

New Survey of New Hampshire Private Schools Comes with Some Surprises

How many New Hampshire private schools know about the state’s current and proposed school choice programs? Are there even seats available for new students?...
Jun 20

New Report Examines Fiscal Crisis at Los Angeles Unified School District

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of Fiscal Policy Dr. Marty Lueken talks with Lisa Snell, education director at the Reason Foundation,...
Jun 12

The Monthly Debrief Podcast with the EdChoice State Team – June 2018

In this Monthly Debrief podcast, EdChoice’s Director of State Relations Lauren Hodge, Director of Policy Jason Bedrick and Senior Director of State Relations Michael...
Jun 05

Researcher Profile: Greg Forster

In today’s EdChoice Chat, Drew Catt talks with Dr. Greg Forster, an EdChoice Friedman Fellow, about why he joined the school choice movement, what...
Jun 04

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, May 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION   Colorado  SB 18-083 was postponed indefinitely in Colorado’s House Education Committee. The bill, which would have created an income tax...
May 29

Cool Schools: Venture Schools Will Turn Detroit High Schoolers into Entrepreneurial Thinkers

In our latest episode of our Cool Schools podcast, Mike McShane talks with Drew Schantz, the founder and executive director of the soon-to-be Venture...
May 22

New Report Recommends a Four-Step Plan for Optimizing K–12 Regulations

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of State Research and Special Projects Drew Catt discusses our newest research with the author and...
May 15

The Monthly Debrief with the EdChoice State Team – May 2018

Do you know what it means to codify a school choice program? Our team discusses that as well as legislative updates in the states...
May 04

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, April 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION   California  A proposed education savings account in the Golden State, SB 1344, failed in committee. It was granted reconsideration April...
May 02

What the Latest Data Say About Chile’s School Voucher System

In case you didn’t know, Chile has what we call a universal school voucher system. That is, it funds public education by allowing public...
May 01

Cool Schools: Regina Caeli Academy Brings a University Model to Homeschooling

In today’s Cool Schools edition of EdChoice Chats, Mike McShane interviews Kari Beckman. Fifteen years ago, she began homeschooling her own kids but felt...
Apr 24

Cool Schools: How Urban Prep Thrives in an Underserved Neighborhood

In today’s Cool Schools episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of National Research Mike McShane talks with Pastor Wade Moore, the founder of Urban...
Apr 17

PODCAST: The Monthly Debrief with the EdChoice Programs Team – April

In this episode of The Monthly Debrief, EdChoice’s Senior Director of State Relations Michael Chartier talks with Policy Director Jason Bedrick about what’s going...
Apr 10

Cool Schools: Blended Learning in Catholic and Charter Schools with Seton Education Partners

In today’s Cool Schools episode of EdChoice Chats, Mike McShane chats with Stephanie Saroki de Garcia, co-founder of Seton Education Partners. Her job is...
Apr 05

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, March 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION California  California’s proposed tax-credit scholarship, AB 2480, saw amendments and was re-referred to the Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation. The state’s...
Apr 03

Legal Update with Leslie: An Update on Montana’s Tax-Credit Scholarship Case

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner interviews Vice President of Legal Affairs Leslie Hiner about Montana’s Espinoza v....
Mar 28

Can I Use a 529 Plan for K–12 Expenses?

If you’ve done much research into how to save for your child’s college education, you’ve probably heard of 529 plans. These plans, created as...
Mar 27

Cool Schools: How Acton Academies Are Revolutionizing Learning

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, we continue our Cool Schools series with an interview with Acton Academies Co-Founder Jeff Sandefer. He talks about...
Mar 21

VIDEO: What Teachers, Parents Think About School Choice – EdChoice at SXSW Edu

  This was our first year attending SXSW Edu, and we’re very glad we did. A delegation of EdChoice team members set out to...
Mar 20

Research on Public School Choice-Rich Cities Shows Progress, Reveals Problems

In today’s EdChoice Chat, our Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt talks with two researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public...
Mar 16

PODCAST: The Monthly Debrief with the EdChoice Programs Team

This episode of EdChoice Chats is our monthly state update for February. Get the insider’s scoop on what’s happening with school choice legislation in...
Mar 13

Cool Schools: A Network That Provides Private and Charter Education and So Much More

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Director of National Research Mike McShane features another “Cool School,” Open Sky Education. He talks with Executive Chair...
Mar 08

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION California Lawmakers in California proposed two school choice-related bills in February. AB 2480 would create a tax-credit scholarship program for personal...
Mar 06

How Do You Build a School Choice Coalition?

In today’s episode, EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow moderates a conversation with two of our team’s long-time coalition builders, Vice President of Training...
Feb 28

New South Carolina Private School Survey Data Reveal Open Seats and Regulatory Concerns

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, Shaunette Parker, executive director of My South Carolina Education, joins us on the show to talk about a...
Feb 27

Cool Schools: This “100-Year-Old Startup” Brings Innovation to New York’s Catholic Schools

In today’s EdChoice Chat, we continue our “Cool Schools” series with a conversation with Kathleen Porter-Magee. She heads the Partnership for Inner-City Education, which...
Feb 22

School Choice Legislation: What Happened and What’s on Deck

Do you want a behind-the-scenes look at the legislation updates we feature in our monthly state brief blog post? You’ll find that in today’s...
Feb 20

Reviewing the International School Choice and Reform Conference

In today’s episode of EdChoice Chats, Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt chats with Research Assistant Mike Shaw about their experience...
Feb 13

Cool Schools: Classical Education Meets Intentional Integration in This Private School

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of National Research Mike McShane continues our “Cool Schools” series with an interview with CEO of...
Feb 07

New Report Shows How Florida Families Are Using ESAs

Today, EdChoice released its latest research, a report on how Florida families are using the state’s Gardiner Scholarship Program, an education savings account (ESA)...
Feb 05

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2018

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Colorado Colorado introduced SB 18-083, an income tax credit for private school tuition in the state senate. It was assigned to the...
Jan 30

Jonathan Mills: What It’s Like Studying School Choice and Future Louisiana Research

In today’s EdChoice Chat, Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt talks with Jonathan Mills, senior research associate in the University of...
Jan 26

The 2018 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

We’re back again in the new year with EdChoice’s 2018 yearbook superlatives. We got together to vote on America’s educational choice programs, and here...
Jan 23

PODCAST: The Past, Present and Future of National School Choice Week

Today on EdChoice Chats, we’re listening in on a conversation between EdChoice’s President and CEO Robert Enlow and his friend Andrew Campanella, the president...
Jan 18

Up-and-Comers: Three Researchers Talk Upcoming School Choice Research

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt interviews three up-and-coming school choice researchers: Frederick Andersson...
Jan 17

The 2018 “ABCs of School Choice” Features You Need to Know

Which 2018 ABCs of School Choice features do you need to know about? We shared them with you in the short demo below. Check...
Jan 11

Series Roundup: An Interview with Dr. Bartley Danielsen about Urban Sprawl, the Environment and School Choice

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt talks with Dr. Bartley Danielsen, the author of...
Jan 05

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, December 2017

National As a part of its tax reform bill, Congress expanded the federal 529 college savings account program to permit withdrawals of up to...
Jan 04

Cool Schools: How ASU Prep Digital Is Merging the Worlds of High School and College

Welcome to the first in a new podcast series we’re calling “Cool Schools.” In this series, our Director of National Research Mike McShane is...
Dec 19

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

In this podcast episode, EdChoice Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner chats with President and CEO Robert Enlow about the year behind and the...
Dec 15

Behind the Scenes with EdChoice’s Research Team

A few members of the EdChoice research team jumped in the studio to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about (you guessed...
Dec 08

EdChoice Set to Launch New Legal Defense and Education Center

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our Vice President of Communications (and a lawyer in her own right) Jennifer Wagner sits down with our...
Dec 07

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, November 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Florida Florida’s House Education Subcommittee voted 9–5 in favor of HB 1, a bill that would create HOPE Scholarships for students...
Nov 29

New EdChoice Survey Reveals What Americans Think About K–12 Education, School Choice and the Federal Government

The 2017 edition of our annual Schooling in America Survey project is finally out, and we made it easier than ever for you to...
Nov 22

An EdChoice Thanksgiving, 2017

Each year at Thanksgiving, we highlight the stories of students and families who are especially grateful for educational opportunity. Last year, we shared a...
Nov 20

Look Ahead: School Choice in the Courts and What It Means for Our Children and Teachers

The EdChoice team is investing more than ever in tracking school choice, children’s rights and teachers’ rights in the courts. Our VP of Communications...
Nov 16

Does More School Choice Regulation Lead to Less Diverse Schools?

In this podcast, EdChoice’s Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt chats about the effects of school choice program regulations on the...
Nov 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, October 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION New Hampshire The New Hampshire House Education Subcommittee met to consider SB 193, which would create a nearly universal education savings...
Oct 26

How School Choice Can Help Solve the Teacher Pension Crisis

In today’s episode, Dr. Marty Lueken, our own director of fiscal policy and analysis, chats with Dr. Michael Podgursky, professor of economics at the...
Oct 16

New 2017 Survey Finds Military and Veteran Families Want More from America’s K–12 Education System

Our new research, Surveying the Military, is the first of its kind and methodology to delve deeper into former and current military families’ thoughts...
Oct 10

Teacher-Turned-Researcher Sivan Tuchman Discusses the Disability Rights Community’s Skepticism with School Choice

In this installment of EdChoice Chats, Drew Catt interviews Sivan Tuchman, research analyst at The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). They talk about...
Oct 04

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, September 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Wisconsin Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget bill that increased the income limit to participate in Wisconsin’s statewide voucher program from...
Sep 22

Dr. Patrick Wolf Explains His New Research on Charter School Funding Inequity

In our latest podcast, EdChoice’s Drew Catt talks with Dr. Patrick Wolf, who has researched various forms of school choice for decades. Dr. Wolf...
Sep 19

Research Finds What Indiana Parents Think About School Choice and Why They Choose Their Schools

Authors of our newest research report, Why Indiana Parents Choose, Drew Catt and Dr. Evan Rhinesmith hop in the studio to discuss the responses...
Sep 12

Illinois’s New Tax-Credit Scholarship: How Did It Happen and How Can It Improve?

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, our President and CEO Robert Enlow talks with Director of Policy Jason Bedrick about Illinois’s recently-enacted Invest in...
Sep 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, August 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona A lawsuit was filed in the Arizona Superior Court in and for Maricopa County on August 23, challenging the legal...
Sep 05

Coming Together: A Democrat and a Republican Talk Putting Politics Aside, Putting Children and School Choice First

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, Jennifer Wagner, our vice president of Communications, gets together with Leslie Hiner, our vice president of Programs, to...
Aug 29

EdChoice Talks Segregation, Race and School Choice

In our latest podcast, our Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner joins EdChoice President and CEO Robert Enlow in a frank dialogue about issues...
Aug 17

Arizona’s ESA Program Expansion: Who’s Behind the Signature Challenge and What’s Next

In this installment of EdChoice Chats, our President and CEO Robert Enlow taps Arizona resident and EdChoice Director of Policy Jason Bedrick for a...
Aug 08

How Education Funding Should Work in the 21st Century: What You Need to Know

For as long as we can remember, our society has known one system of education. Based on their ZIP Codes, our children are assigned...
Aug 07

School Choice Is Bankrupting Public Schools: Fact or Fiction?

First, we need to understand what it would take to topple public schools. Total expenditures nationwide for fiscal year 2014 exceeded $625 billion. Now,...
Aug 04

The Body of Evidence on School Choice: What You Need to Know

Researchers from across the country have conducted more than 100 rigorous empirical studies on the effects of school choice programs. Here’s what they found....
Aug 03

The Rich, The Poor and School Choice: What You Need to Know

Rich people have always been able to practice educational choice: They either pay out of pocket for private schools, or they pay a premium...
Aug 03

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, July 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Ohio Ohio’S HB 49 was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich. The bill raises the maximum voucher values for the Cleveland Scholarship...
Aug 02

Pursuing Innovation in Education: Why It’s Critical

The old system of delivering public education is not improving quickly enough. Since 1971, America’s spending on education has increased by 300 percent, and...
Jul 27

Arguments For and Against School Choice in 2017

When it comes to lobbying to block school choice in the states, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA)...
Jul 25

Why Requiring Public School Attendance to Access School Choice Can Hurt Students With Special Needs

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, Jennifer Burgess, a Georgia mother of three who’s fighting for educational options for her 4- and 5-year-old sons...
Jul 20

What EdChoice Really Thinks About What Happened with Nevada’s ESAs

Not sure what actually went down in Nevada this legislative session? What really stalled the nation’s first nearly universal ESA program? Who’s to blame,...
Jul 11

Teachers Just Want to Teach: An Interview with Teacher and School Choice Supporter Stanton Skerjanec

In this episode of EdChoice Chats, EdChoice VP of Communications Jennifer Wagner is joined by Stanton Skerjanec, a teacher in Fort Collins, Colo. who...
Jul 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, June 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION National On June 26, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri (Trinity Lutheran...
Jun 21

Where EdChoice Stands on Federal Education Reform Policy

Thank you for joining us for another episode of EdChoice Chats. In this episode, our Vice President of Communications Jennifer Wagner is joined by...
Jun 07

School choice the fastest track to integration

This post was published first on The Hill. Access to a quality education shouldn’t depend on where you live, where you came from or...
Jun 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, May 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Alabama SB 123, a bill to expand Alabama’s tax-credit scholarship program, failed in the Alabama House after having passed the Senate. ...
May 31

New study maps families’ access to school choice options and transportation across the U.S.

Our Director of State Research and Policy Analysis Drew Catt is back with a new EdChoice Chat. In this episode, Kristin Blagg, research associate...
May 08

New Study Shows Public Schools Systematically Favor All Other Staff Over Teachers and Students

“Our children would be much better off if only politicians would give public schools more money, so they can pay teachers more and reduce...
May 05

Charity Navigator Awards EdChoice Its Highest Rating

We’re a pretty humble lot here at EdChoice, but we’re proud of the work we do and our reputation as a standard-bearer in the...
May 03

What ESAs in K–12 Education Are and How They’re Different from Coverdell ESAs

Education savings accounts (ESAs) are a popular, relatively new innovation in K–12 education meant to expand parents ability to customize their children’s education. Arizona...
May 02

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, April 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION National The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 19 in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, a case arising...
Apr 19

What New Hampshire Voters Think About School Choice and K–12 Education

New Hampshire has a reputation for freedom and innovation. More than two decades ago, the “Live Free or Die” state was an early school...
Apr 03

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, March 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arkansas The Arkansas House Education Committee passed SB 746, a scaled-down version of HB 1222 which previously failed to pass. SB 746...
Mar 21

New Case Study Research Out of Santa Ana Finds School Choice Plays Role in Urban Renewal

Urban economic development resources are often focused on bringing jobs and affordable housing to downtown areas. In contrast, there has been very little consideration...
Mar 10

Friday Freakout: Why and How We Engage School Choice Opponents on Twitter

Today’s freakout comes to us from Twitter, where we recently had a chat with an opponent who is fervently using the platform to fight a...
Mar 07

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, February 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Alabama The Alabama Senate passed SB 123, a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh that would expand the tax credits...
Feb 02

BRIEF: School Choice in the States, January 2017

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona SB 1431, a bill that would expand the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to near-universal eligibility, was introduced to the Arizona...
Jan 27

The 2017 EdChoice Yearbook Superlatives

The EdChoice team has put in its votes for this year’s educational choice yearbook superlatives, and these are our winners. Enjoy.   Most Empowering...
Jan 24

How “The ABCs of School Choice” Handbook Can Work for You

Whether you’re a policymaker or a thought leader who’s interested in educational choice, our flagship publication is designed to help make your job easier....
Jan 23

EdChoice Chat: Exploring Texas’ Private Education Sector

Exploring Texas’ Private Education Sector showcases data from our eighth survey of a state’s private schools. This new EdChoice brief details the results of...
Jan 11

BRIEF: School Choice in the States December 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Georgia Leslie Hiner worked with outside counsel and, on December 15, 2016, filed an amicus brief with the Georgia Supreme Court...
Dec 21

The Power of Educational Choice

The holiday season is a time for celebrating goodwill, kindness, generosity and, most important, family. In that spirit, we’re sharing three stories that highlight...
Dec 06

BRIEF: School Choice in the States November 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION There are no state updates this month regarding school choice program legislation or litigation developments.   IN OTHER NEWS -Although news...
Dec 02

The Next Accountability Series Roundup

  One of the most important questions in K–12 education is: Who should hold whom accountable for what, and how? Warring factions have been...
Nov 17

Breaking Down “The Private School Landscape” Report

  In 2012, researchers Greg Forster and Lynn Woodworth studied the relationship between choice program adoption and private school student populations in seven states...
Nov 11

Friday Freakout: What School Choice Opponents Are Missing When They Focus Only on Funding

  The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University recently released a report analyzing the design and fiscal effects of K–12 school...
Nov 09

Where Governors Stand on School Choice

With the 2016 elections over—well, almost over—many are wondering what it all means for the future of educational choice policies. Although news headlines have...
Nov 08

BRIEF: School Choice in the States October 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Nevada In light of the Nevada Supreme Court’s Sept. 29 ruling that the legislature did not adequately appropriate funding for their...
Oct 31

Breaking Down “The Tax-Credit Scholarship Audit”

In 2014, we calculated the cumulative savings generated by America’s K–12 school voucher programs over two decades—$1.7 billion. This year, we continued that study...
Oct 20

National Dyslexia Awareness Month and Educational Choice

  Thanks to Mississippi’s Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program—the only one of its kind in the country—Karla was able to enroll...
Oct 11

Breaking Down Our “2016 Schooling in America” Survey

  Born between 1981 and 1997, Millennials are approximately 75 million strong, and the percentage of Millennials that make up America’s school parent population...
Oct 04

BRIEF: School Choice in the States September 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Connecticut  In Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v Jodi M. Rell, the Superior Court in Hartford ruled, on September...
Sep 30

State Legislators Are Listening to You. Now What?

EdChoice recently released an in-depth survey of nearly 350 state legislators across the United States. It’s the first phone-only survey of its kind to...
Sep 20

Breaking Down the EdChoice “Surveying State Legislators” Report

In our Surveying State Legislators report, we share findings from a phone survey of state legislators from across the country. It’s worth noting that...
Aug 26

Friday Freakout: Why You Should Stop Complaining About Schools Marketing Themselves to Families

From the minute we wake up to the minute we call it a day, we’re bombarded with marketing and advertising. Our phones, computers and...
Aug 11

Educational Choice and Bridging the Political Divide

At the annual conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting this year, Dr. Steve Perry—a liberal charter school leader and passionate educational choice advocate—spoke...
Jul 15

Friday Freakout: Three Reasons Opponents of Nevada’s ESAs Are Really, Really Wrong

Nearly 8,000 Nevada students have signed up for a program that would give them the power to use state funds to create an educational...
Jul 08

Friday Freakout: What Teachers Say About School Choice vol. 3

We’re back with the third installment of the What Teachers Say About School Choice series, which features feedback we’ve received on social media from...
Jul 05

BRIEF: School Choice in the States June 2016

LEGISLATION AND LITIGATION Arizona – Michael Chartier @mchart1 The Arizona Auditor General released a performance audit on the nation’s first education savings accounts (ESAs): Empowerment Scholarship...
Jun 03

Friday Freakout: Cherry-Picking Better Than Nose-Picking, But Not By Much

School choice opponents have no shortage of unfounded arguments aimed at blocking parents from choosing the best educational fit for their own kids. One...
May 24

JAMES G. BLAINE: Who was he, and how is he affecting children’s education today?

Maine legislator and presidential hopeful James G. Blaine (1830–1893) was a member of Congress in the mid- to late 1800s, a time when Catholic...
May 18

Breaking Down “A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice”

As educational choice grows, so does the evidence proving it works. In today’s release of the fourth edition of a Friedman Foundation flagship report—A...
May 18

Education Market Failure? The Cost of Regulations on Private School Choice Programs

An Analysis of the Louisiana Scholarship Program Achievement Findings “The approach has been to regard any market failure, however minor, as a sufficient excuse...
Apr 15

Is Private School Tuition Tax Deductible?

Whether your children are already in private school or you’re considering this educational option, you may be looking for ways to save on private...
Apr 08

Friday Freakout: The Straussification of Public Education

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss recently published an opinion piece, “The ‘Walmartization’ of public education,” in which she derides the Friedman Foundation for our...
Jan 29

The 2016 School Choice Yearbook Superlatives

The Friedman Foundation team put in our votes for this year’s school choice yearbook superlatives, and these are our winners. Check them out and...
Jan 29

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share

We are introducing a new calculation to our school choice program rankings this year: educational choice share, or “edchoice share.” The calculations behind this...
Jan 28

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2016 Edition

We’ve given our readers an overview of school choice programs across the nation this week with rankings based on eligibility and family participation. But one...
Jan 27

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2016 Edition

Which of America’s school choice programs has the most participants? Which has the least? The latest edition of The ABCs of School Choice gives...
Jan 27

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked By Eligibility, 2016 Edition

At the Friedman Foundation, our goal for any school choice program is universal eligibility. We believe that all parents—regardless of ZIP Code, income, or...
Jan 25

What You Need to Know About “The ABCs of School Choice” 2016 Edition

Since the launch of the nation’s first modern school choice program in 1990, nationwide participation in school choice has grown leaps and bounds—by 115,301...
Jan 05

The Five Best and Worst School Choice Moments of 2015

Best 1. Nevada enacted two educational choice programs. We predicted in 2014 that Nevada would be the state “most likely to succeed” in becoming...
Dec 29

The Best of Friedman Foundation Blog Posts: 2015 Edition

What did our blog readers view and enjoy most this past year? We dug into our analytics to see which Friedman Foundation posts were...
Dec 23

Happy Holidays from the Friedman Foundation

At this time of year, we like to highlight stories of families who have felt the impact of educational choice programs. This year, we...
Dec 18

Friday Freakout: Are Lawsuits Against School Choice Options About Kids or Control?

The news has been abuzz with educational choice litigation developments the past few weeks. Amicus briefs have been filed to defend Nevada’s nearly universal...
Nov 25

An Educational Choice Thanksgiving, 2015

Now is the time of year when we remind ourselves why we’re thankful. In 2013, we highlighted some families who are grateful for their...
Nov 13

Friday Freakout: Responding to “Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools”

“You don’t want to make the same choice I made. That must make you (fill in the blank).” In an atmosphere where statements like...
Nov 11

The Friedman Foundation Thanks America’s Veterans

In order for choice to work, individuals must be free to make choices. And for individuals to have that freedom, others must defend it....
Nov 06

Top Findings from the “Latino Perspectives” Survey

About one in four children in the U.S. today is Hispanic, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing demographics in the country,...
Oct 16

Friday Freakout: Are Nevada Secular Private Schools Affordable with ESAs?

As the rollout of Nevada’s nearly-universal education savings accounts (ESAs) continues, parents have plenty of questions. We saw some great ones in response to...
Oct 02

Friday Freakout: Forbes Editor Claims School Choice Kids Will Wreck Good Schools

This week Forbes published a piece by John Tamny that, in two sweeping pages, casts doubt on the ability of market forces to improve...
Aug 21

Friday Freakout: The Truth About Nevada’s Education Spending

As media coverage of Nevada’s new education savings account (ESA) program booms, so do online comments—both in support of and against the innovative new...
Jun 30

Breaking Down the “2015 Schooling in America Survey”

With the close of another school year and a blossoming of expansive school choice programs this year comes curiosity about the progress of K–12...
May 17

School Choice Could Alleviate Worry from New Population Trend

In 2030, the population of people dependent upon our most expensive tax-funded services—education and senior healthcare—likely will be the highest it’s ever been in...
Mar 13

Friday Freakout: What Teachers Say about School Choice vol. 2

We’re back this week with the second installment of this series, which features Facebook feedback we regularly receive from teachers across the country. In...
Feb 27

Friday Freakout: Does School Choice Destroy Democracy in Education?

Today’s freakout comes to us from the comments section of The Atlantic article, “Saving School Choice Without Undermining Poor Communities,” and it concerns how...
Feb 20

Friday Freakout: Does Supporting School Choice Mean Hating Public School?

Does the Arizona legislature hate public schools? Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts says it does. Her proof: Senate Bill 1434, which would expand eligibility...
Feb 13

Friday Freakout: How to Debate School Choice with a Public School Superintendent

Today’s freakout comes to us from Twitter, where we were excited to chat with a public school superintendent who is an active fighter of...
Jan 30

Friday Freakout: Buy School Choice Week Because of Evidence, Not Hearsay

Today’s freakout comes from a reblog at the anti-school choice National Education Policy Center (NEPC), which is funded in part by the two largest...
Jan 30

America’s School Choice Yearbook Superlatives

The Friedman Foundation team put in our votes, and these are our winners. Check them out and tell us how you would have voted...
Jan 29

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked By Purchasing Power

We’ve helped our readers see how many families are eligible for school choice programs across the country and those who actually participate. Until now,...
Jan 28

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility

Universal eligibility—that is, open to every single family—is the Friedman Foundation’s school choice policy goal. To coincide with the 2015 release of The ABCs...
Jan 27

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Population

Which school choice programs are the biggest? Smallest? How does one state’s program stack up to others? For the 2015 release of The ABCs...
Jan 23

Friday Freakout: What It’s Like to Engage Opponents of School Choice

We had a long conversation with an avid opponent and activist against school choice on Twitter recently, and we learned a lot about engaging...
Jan 06

Top and Bottom Five School Choice Moments in 2014

TOP FIVE 1. Kansas joins the school choice family It was not the same old song for education funding in Kansas this year. Rather,...
Dec 31

Top 10 Friedman Foundation Blog Posts of 2014

We looked into our blog analytics to find out which blog posts Friedman Foundation readers viewed and engaged with most this past year. We hope...
Dec 24

Happy Holidays: A School Choice Family Spotlight

From Washington D.C. – The Ambrose Family Thanks to the Opportunity Scholarship Program, Joshua, twins Jacob and Shanice, Jonathan, and twins Selena and Joseph...
Dec 12

Friday Freakout: School Choice is OK Over There, Families Here Shouldn’t Have It

A Sarasota County School Board member spoke out against her own state’s school board association for suing Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program this week...
Dec 05

Friday Freakout: Want an Educated Citizenry? Support School Choice

“ future of our economy depends on a well educated citizenry,” argued Karen Patton of the League of Women Voters (LWV) in Montgomery County,...
Nov 26

A School Choice Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us, and last year, we highlighted a few families who are thankful for the educational opportunities school choice has afforded their...
Nov 14

Friday Freakout: What Teachers Say to School Choice Advocates vol. 1

Our previous two blog posts on how top-down reforms are not market reform and how school choice actually increases demand for educators garnered a...
Nov 07

Friday Freakout: What Teachers’ Unions Aren’t Telling Their Supporters

In “Teachers Unions Flunked Their Midterms,” The Wall Street Journal chronicled how education reform issues played out in this year’s midterm elections. Today’s freakout...
Nov 06

Where Governors Stand on School Choice 2014

With the 2014 elections over—well, almost over—those interested in school choice may be wondering what the results mean for that education reform policy. Although...
Oct 31

Friday Freakout: A Witchy Scare Tactic Against School Choice

This week’s Friday Freakout is a blast from the past, bringing up an old, spooky scare tactic against school choice still used today (though...
Oct 24

Friday Freakout: Denying Teachers’ Unions Actions Against Parent Options

Teachers’ unions represent some of our most respected community members—an undeniable truth. So too can it be said that unions sometimes work to block...
Oct 17

Friday Freakout: What to Do with Struggling Schools

This week’s Vice.com article, “The Paradox of School Choice,” tells the story of a young couple who, despite the premium they pay in home...
Oct 11

Friday Freakout: Just Run for School Board if Your School Isn’t Working

Instead of a “Friday Freakout,” consider this a financial freakout over the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program—as this exchange was prompted by the Milwaukee Journal...
Sep 30

Breaking Down “The School Voucher Audit”

Students transferring to private schools using publicly funded vouchers saved participating states more than $1.7 billion over a 20-year period. Here’s how: From 1990...
Sep 26

Friday Freakout: Which Three-Step Plan is Best for American Education?

The American Enterprise Institute released a video this week featuring Michael Q. McShane promoting his book which outlines his three-step plan to an American...
Sep 12

Friday Freakout: Public School Defenders Say Disgruntled Parents Should ‘Move On’

Stories like Avery’s, the subject of Petula Dvorak’s Washington Post article “In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of...
Sep 05

Friday Freakout: No Sources for School Choice Success

This week’s Friday Freakout comes from the comments section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Get Schooled Blog, where our president and CEO, Robert Enlow, had...
Aug 29

Friday Freakout: Teachers Are Tired of Bureaucracy Too

Today’s freakout comes to us from a frustrated teacher in the comments of “Half of All School District Employees Aren’t Teachers” on Ricochet. This...
Aug 22

Friday Freakout: Parent vs Parent

A North Carolina judge recently ruled the state’s voucher program unconstitutional. Today we have two freakouts from two very different parents commenting on the...
Aug 15

Friday Freakout: Vouchers Aim to Support Private Schools, Not Students?

Today’s freakout comes to us from the comments section of the The Washington Post piece “Amicus brief on empirical data about school vouchers”. The...
Aug 08

Friday Freakout: AFT on the “Attack Plan of Privateers”

Today’s freakout comes from an exchange between Randi Weingarten, president of the nation’s leading teachers’ union, and a group called the Badass Teachers Association...
Aug 01

Getting to Know Milton Friedman

July 31 would have been Milton Friedman’s 102nd birthday, and people all around the globe celebrated.  The United States saw 74 Friedman Legacy Day...
Jul 31

Happy Friedman Legacy Day!

“The true test of any scholar’s work is not what his contemporaries say, but what happens to his work in the next 25 or...
Jul 21

Enter the First-Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Sweepstakes

“Our goal is to have a system in which every family in the U.S. will be able to choose for itself the school to...
Jul 04

Milton Friedman on Freedom

Happy Fourth of July! In celebration of our country’s independence, we first and foremost recognize the men and women of America’s armed forces who...
Jun 27

Friday Freakout: Are Friedman Surveys Reliable?

This week, we released our 2014 Schooling in America Survey. In it, we asked a representative sample of American adults, not just voters, their...
Jun 20

Friday Freakout: Is Overregulation Inevitable?

This week, Joy Pullman of The Federalist published a piece championing school choice as an intellectual winner, but warning that “School Choice Fights Will...
Jun 13

Friday Freakout: Is the School Choice Movement Cultish?

Today’s freakout comes to us from the comments section of Diane Ravitch’s micro-post on her blog titled “Friedman Foundation disagrees with Peter Greene.”  Children...
Jun 11

Friday Freakout: Does School Choice Destroy a Public Good?

Today’s freakout comes to us from Twitter, and its message is at the top of school choice opponents’ list of arguments. In fact, it...
May 23

Friday Freakout: Are Private Schools Worth the Money?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently shared some school choice love, so we did as well—on our Facebook page:  We acknowledge that Sen. Warren is most...
May 16

Friday Freakout: Public Schools Good, Private Schools Bad

A recent Huffington Post article, “‘School Choice’ — As Long as Your Child Doesn’t Have a Disability,” shows just how passionate many are when...
May 09

Friday Freakout: Some Public Schools Choose Not to Serve Every Child, Block Other Options

Rankin County, Mississippi parents of students with autism are upset after it was reported this week their public schools will be ending specialized classrooms...
May 02

Friday Freakout: Does Universal Public School Choice Result in Administrative Chaos?

Raleigh’s News & Observer published an article this week titled “NC bill would let students attend any public school” about a proposed bill that...
Apr 25

Friday Freakout: What is Wrong with School Vouchers?

The Tennessean published an editorial by George Parker, a 30-year veteran public school math teacher, former president of the Washington Teachers Union, and current...
Apr 18

Friday Freakout: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Have to Give Even More to Pay for School Choice

We agree, and we’ll explain why in our response to today’s freakout, which comes from the comments section of the Wall Street Journal’s “Schooling...
Apr 04

Friday Freakout: Young Teachers’ Opinions Can’t Be Taken Seriously

Today’s freakout comes from the comments section of Nicholas Simmons’ recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal entitled, “What I’ve Learned Teaching Charter Students.”...
Mar 28

Friday Freakout: Private Christian Schools are Corrupt

This week’s post comes from Monday’s POLITICO story titled “Special report: Taxpayers fund creationism in the classroom.” The piece was not lacking in reader...
Mar 21

Friday Freakout: School Choice Supporters Only Want Choice on Their Terms

Today’s freakout comes to us from the comments of a post entitled “School reformers love ‘choice,’ except when…,” which appeared this week on Valerie...
Mar 14

Friday Freakout: High-Stakes Tests Leading to Chinese Education Model

Our topic of focus today comes to us from the comments section of an Indianapolis Star article called, “Diane Ravitch’s opposition to accountability isn’t realistic.”...
Mar 07

Friday Freakout: Parents Should Be Seen, Not Heard

When our president and CEO, Robert Enlow, participated in a policy forum with Diane Ravitch last Friday in Indianapolis, the audience of more than...
Mar 06

Funding Cuts for Programs That Send More Kids to Graduation AND College?

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has provided school vouchers to more than 15,000 students and helped them attain better academic outcomes since 2004. The...
Feb 28

Friday Freakout: Your Disabled Kid, Your Problem

This week the Mississippi Press posted a story entitled “Parents push for Mississippi special education vouchers.” The article, which is actually about an education...
Feb 21

Friday Freakout: Is School Choice Racist?

A misconception we have seen multiple times is the relationship between school choice and race. This veteran’s recent tweet is just one example: If...
Feb 14

Friday Freakout: All Kids with Special Needs Are Thriving in Public Schools

In light of the great strides two education savings accounts (ESA) bills made just yesterday, today’s Friday Freakout comes to you from Mississippi. In...
Feb 07

Friday Freakout: School Choice is a Secret Republican Ruse

Salon.com is known for posting anti-school choice pieces. This week, “Creationism, at taxpayer expense: Secrets of the GOP’s frightening new school voucher schemes” appeared...
Jan 31

Friday Freakout: School Choice Funds Creationist Agenda

You might have seen Slate’s article and map showing all of the schools in America that teach creationism and receive public funds in some...
Jan 30

The Friedman Foundation on Filling Private School Seats

(Posted in response to a guest post by Anna J. Egalite entitled “How to Maximize Private School Supply in Choice Programs.”) Among America’s private school...
Jan 29

Slate “Creates” New Issue with School Choice

Slate already posted a correction to its story that takes issue with school choice, “Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism.” Now it...
Jan 24

Friday Freakout: Do It to Your Own Children, Not Other People’s

Today’s Friday Freakout comes from the heated comments section of Diane Ravitch’s blog titled,“How Embarrassing for the Friedman Foundation.” We responded to her blog...
Jan 17

Friday Freakout: School Choice Doesn’t Work Because Private, Charter Schools Don’t Do Any Better at Improving Student Outcomes

Following Eric Cantor’s speech about school choice last week, The Washington Post published an article called “Eric Cantor and Bill de Blasio exchange fire...
Jan 03

Friday Freakout: Teacher Licenses Are Like Doctor Licenses

Today’s featured commenters come from the comments section of a Huffington Post piece called “Debbie Squires, Education Official, Says Teachers Know What’s Best For Kids,...
Dec 31

Top 10 School Choice Moments in 2013

TOP FIVE 1. Pro-voucher candidates win suburban school board election. In November 2013, pro-school choice candidates seeking to keep or gain seats on Colorado’s...
Dec 24

Happy Holidays from the Friedman Foundation

This year, the Friedman Foundation staff wants to celebrate the stories of some families who have benefited from school choice. From Georgia, Joyce Cordell-Huff...
Dec 23

Friday Freakout: Parents are Ignorant About Good Education

This week’s featured freakout comes from the comments section of a Washington Post op-ed by Valerie Strauss called “‘White suburban mom’ responds to Arne...
Dec 20

Friday Freakout: Commenters Working Together?

A respectful exchange appearing in the comments section of any website is a rarity, which is why we felt compelled to share this one....
Dec 18

Our #schoolchoiceWISH: That School Choice Opponents Would Answer This Question Already

The Friedman Foundation team reaches out to school choice opponents regularly on Twitter (@edchoice). Our intention is always to listen to different opinions and have a...
Dec 13

Friday Freakout: Active Parents are Just Annoying

Today’s freakout comes from an anonymous Circle of Moms community entry titled “Why are parents so mean to teachers?” Take a look and read...
Dec 06

Friday Freakout: Private Schools Have “Cut Rate Teachers”

Welcome to our new series, where every Friday we highlight online comments from stories we see posted by people impassioned about education. This week’s...
Nov 18

Testing Educational Justice

In “Spinning America’s Report Card,” Paul E. Peterson and Eric A. Hanushek wrote “…progress for American children came to a halt when the Obama...
Nov 11

The Friedman Foundation Thanks America’s Veterans

For choice to work, one must be free to make it. And for there to be freedom, another must be there to defend it....
Nov 06

Douglas County Colorado Voters Choose School Choice

Last night in a highly contested election, the four school choice candidates running to return to or join Colorado’s Douglas County School Board won....
Oct 27

A School Choice Thanksgiving

How often is “a great education” recognized at Thanksgiving feasts? Probably not very often. But for those afforded school choice, the educational opportunities now...
Oct 15

Friedman: School Choice is Effective

In reaction to our survey of Iowa voters, the University of Iowa’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, cast out some enticing bait in...
Oct 06

What’s “Wrong” with School Choice?

American education would be far better off if, instead of asking that question, more school leaders asked “What’s so wrong with my school that...

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