Research & Data

Researching the Research on Nine Major Ed Reforms

Are vouchers effective?  Do kids need to be in small classes? Are charter schools helping or hurting? Whether it’s lawmakers debating a new education reform program or journalists framing up a story about a new policy at a local school, there’s one question that always comes up: What does the research say? Research is one […]

Public Aid for Private Schools Already Happens

When I present on what education savings accounts (ESAs), vouchers and tax-credit scholarships are and how they work, I always try to start with one big request: Raise your hand if you know someone who has used a school choice program. There are usually no hands in the air at that point except my own. […]

Studying the School Choice Student Transportation Problem

“If my child attends a school of choice, can I get help with transportation?” This is an incredibly common question amongst parents interested in taking advantage of inter-district enrollment programs, charter schools, or private school choice programs. They want to send their child to a different school, but they cannot get them there on their […]

What America Thinks of K–12 Education (Told in Infographics)

Each year, EdChoice and Braun Research survey a representative sample of the American public on issues facing K–12 education. In 2019, the Schooling in America poll showed us differences and similarities among the key demographics most affected by schools and K–12 education policies: school parents and public school teachers. Additionally, as Boomers, Millennials, Gen X […]

The Real Roots of School Choice Lie in Inclusion and Integration

School vouchers helped create integration academies but school choice opponents don’t want you to know that.   In a recent column, activist Steve Suitts pulls a neat trick: he takes a policy that disproportionately benefits low-income minorities— andhas high levels of support among African-Americans and Hispanics—and labels it “racist.” To accomplish this feat, Suitts ignores […]

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2020 Edition

How well are America’s private school choice programs funded? In this post, we rank the nation’s educational choice programs by purchasing power based on data in the 2020 edition of The ABCs of School Choice. To rank programs by purchasing power, we compare each program’s most recent per-pupil spending to the state’s (or D.C.’s) average per-pupil spending […]

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Participation, 2020 Edition

The 2020 edition of The ABCs of School Choice gives the most up-to-date information we have on program participation. In this post we rank the programs by how many participants they have, based on the most recent data available for each program at the time of this writing. Last year’s rankings are in parentheses following […]