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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 blog post by Valerie McMurray, a student using an education savings account in Arizona. In 2015, we highlighted the stories of three school choice families. This year, we’re excited to share […]

This Flexible, Customized Education Model Will Change Your Perception of Private Schools

Brightmont Academy

Parents and educators know that every child is unique. Still, individualized instruction that addresses each student’s uniqueness remains elusive in many traditional schools—public and private. Brightmont Academy is a private school for grades 6–12 that uses a one-to-one instructional approach exclusively. Since 1999, Brightmont Academy has aspired to fill that void by customizing the educational […]

Can School Choice Keep Children Safe from Bullying?

bullying in schools

Twelve-year-old Mallory Grossman recently ended her own life rather than endure any more bullying from peers at her school. According to her family, the bullying had gone on for months. They’d reported it to school officials who, they believe, did not take it seriously, and the parents are suing the school district they believe neglected […]

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 to “free” public schools that are supposed to be identical and serve everyone equally. Once in that system, which was designed to educate a workforce of people during the Industrial Age, […]

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, how much are states spending on school choice programs today? Based on the most recent data available, only $2.2 billion across the entire country. The truth? The biggest threat to public […]

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. Does School Choice Help or Hurt Students? The vast majority of random assignment studies—the gold-standard method in social science—find school choice programs help improve students’ academic performance, especially over time.   […]

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 to buy houses in neighborhoods with “good public schools.” So, what happens to everyone else? We know for a fact that our current ZIP Code-based public education system has kept low-income […]

Pursuing Innovation in Education: Why It’s Critical

Pursuing Innovation in Education

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 that’s adjusted for inflation. Yet student performance has been almost stagnant. Of the current forms of school choice, competition from private school choice and charter school choice works best to improve […]