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Why and How We Engage School Choice Opponents on Twitter

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 potential Iowa school choice program—education savings accounts (ESAs). This exchange represents what many school choice advocates in the states experience on a daily basis, especially regarding the financial effects of programs […]

Why Shaming School Choice Parents Will Hurt Your Community

School Choice Parents

I find myself this year in the interesting position of kindergarten shopping for my 5-year-old daughter. Besides the expected “I can’t believe she’s this big already” nostalgia, there’s an element of confusion—even angst—as we try to find her best educational fit. This does not stem from a lack of good choices. We have at least […]

Student Story: Why I’m Thankful for Education Savings Accounts

Valerie McMurray speech

Who am I? My name is Valerie McMurray My birth mother was a heroin addict and an alcoholic all throughout her pregnancy, and because of that, I was born prematurely at 3 pounds, 3 ounces on 3/30/03. (I think three should be my lucky number.) Her heavy use of drugs and alcohol caused me to have cerebral […]

National Dyslexia Awareness Month and Educational Choice

Dyslexia Awareness Month

  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 her daughter, Avery, in the 3-D School in Petal in 2014. The 3-D School was able to offer Avery and her mother tailored learning plans, comprehensive evaluations, speech and language therapy, […]

State Legislators Are Listening to You. Now What?

State Legislators School Choice

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 be conducted in at least 15 years, and we’re grateful to the lawmakers who participated for their honest, open feedback. Our goal with this survey was to find out legislators’ views […]

Student Stories: How My School Choice Inspired Me to Teach

Lennon Audrain

My name is Lennon. From kindergarten until my junior year, I have attended private, parochial schools. My elementary and middle school years were fondly lived out at St. Gregory Catholic School, and now that I’m in high school, I’m attending Brophy College Preparatory. I have many passions. Like my namesake, I play the piano. (I’ve […]

Why You Should Stop Complaining About Schools Marketing Themselves to Families

Schools Marketing

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 televisions flicker with the latest deals. Our social media platforms intuitively know what brands we like best. Our brains are overloaded with sales pitches via billboards, bumper stickers, T-shirts, television and […]

What Teachers Say About School Choice vol. 3

Teachers and school choice

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 educators and administrators — along with how we listen and respond. In our first post on the topic, we said, “Our ultimate hope is teachers, many of whom might be reading […]

A Teacher Who Approves of School Choice?

Teacher who approves of school choice

School choice. The term was demonized in my teacher credentialing courses and by my own mother, who had been teaching in public schools since she was 20 years old. Everyone was doing it, so I toed the line as well, but only for a short while. My Ah-Ha Moment My first teaching assignment was in […]