Research & Data

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2019 Edition

Ranked by Eligibility

At EdChoice, eligibility is one of the most important factors in analyzing a school choice program. We believe that all parents—regardless of geography, income or any other factor—should have access to the educational options that best fit their children’s needs. You can find specific program eligibility rates in this year’s ABCs of School Choice, or […]

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2019

EdChoice Share 2018

Where are America’s students getting their education? Which types of schools and educational settings are they choosing? MID-YEAR UPDATE: With the recent release of results from the 2017–18 Private School Universe Survey, this post has been updated to include 2017–18 private school enrollment data, 2017–18 homeschooler estimates, 2016–17 charter school enrollment data, and 2016–17 public […]

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2019 Edition

EdChoice Spending Share 2018

Have you ever wanted to know how much your state spends on school choice programs compared to what it spends on K–12 education as a whole? Well, you’re in luck! For the third year in a row, I’ve run the numbers and ranked the states’ spending share on private school choice programs. Don’t see your […]

The Object of Our Taxation

Roots of Educational Freedom

This is the third in a larger blog series about liberating education through educational freedom.   In his 1958 book Freedom of Choice in Education, Father Virgil Blum stated, “It is fundamental that the state’s educational obligations are not to institutions and systems; its obligations are to children—the individual children of the state. Educational institutions […]

The Roots of Educational Freedom

Roots of Educational Freedom

This is the second in a larger blog series about liberating education through educational freedom.   There is a strange notion going around that school choice advocates are on the retreat or at the very least have pivoted from long-held reasons for supporting choice. Those promoting this theory are mistakenly focused on just one small […]

Liberating Education

Roots of Educational Freedom

As we head into a new year with new opportunities to expand educational choice for families across America, it’s appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the school choice movement and the changes still needed to create a K–12 system that works for all students. This is the first in a larger blog series […]

Schooling in America Series: The Public on School Choice

Schooling in America Series

After a 2017 where school choice seemed to garner more headlines than ever thanks to federal proponents and policy proposals, this election year seemed subdued by comparison. K–12 education certainly made headlines, but school choice did not seem to carry over the same level of attention on the national stage. Despite this, public support for […]

Schooling in America Series: K–12 Education Funding

Schooling in America Series

Nothing quite garnered the national stage this year like the “Red for Ed” movement and respective teacher walkouts in states like Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma, to name just a few. Prompted by stagnant salaries and, in some instances, threats to benefits, teachers took to statehouses demanding increased funding for education. The movement struck a nerve, […]

Schooling in America Series: Getting to Know the Public on Public Education

Schooling in America Series

Nationally, households with parents of school-aged children make up just 42 percent of all households. Those who are not school-aged parents—that other 58 percent of households—don’t seem to have as much at stake in K–12 education compared to parents. Yet education ranked as the second-highest issue in statewide political races this November, indicating that the […]

Schooling in America Series: Getting to Know School Parents

Schooling in America Series

Parents tend to be satisfied with their local public schools but want more options for their children at the same time. That may seem like a contradiction, but years of our annual survey and participation in school choice programs help back this up.    That’s one trend that seems consistent, but parents aren’t a predictable […]