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Authorizing: A Stop Along “The Chartered Course”?

Is authorizing important for private schools?

“Authorizer” is a fairly new term in the American lexicon. Charter school representatives know it well, as do most education reform advocates. But, for the general public, the concept could use some explaining—and, among private school leaders, some consideration. What is an authorizer? An authorizer is the overseer of public charter schools. It is the […]

Private Schools Must Explore Unchartered Territory

Private Schools in Unchartered Territory

The Chartered Course by Andy Smarick continues an important discussion focused on growing and developing the private school market in America. It is a welcome shift from the “save our schools” mentality to one of growth and new ideas. It is as if there is finally a “re-imaging”’ of the private school market beginning in […]

Breaking Down “The Chartered Course”

Breaking down The Chartered Course

Is there a “tidal wave” coming for private school choice, as some have suggested? No doubt since the Wall Street Journal declared 2011 “The Year of School Choice,” policymakers’ actions creating and expanding such programs are rising—as is interest among parents. But are private education providers prepared to navigate this new environment? In The Chartered […]

Milton Friedman on Freedom

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 sacrifice so much for our freedom. To them and their families, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice gives our utmost thanks. As promoters of freedom—particularly in education—we wanted to provide some […]

Bill Gates and Localizing Common Core and Standardized Testing

Common Core and Standardized Testing

“Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future.” – Bill Gates The Andrew Carnegie of our time—and as a native of Pittsburgh, I say that respectfully—may want to consider how that same approach can augment […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States June 2014

school choice in the states

Alabama – Stephanie Linn @StephanieJLinn A trial court ruled that the school choice programs contained within the Alabama Accountability Act may continue while the state Supreme Court reviews a ruling striking down the Act. The office of the Attorney General and attorneys from the Institute for Justice filed a motion requesting a stay after Judge Gene […]

School Choice: It’s Easy as 1, 2, 3, but Not for IDOE

School Choice in Indiana

“I tell yah Dave, I’ve been over this stuff a bunch of times; it just doesn’t add up. Who does these books? I mean if I ran my business this way I’d be out of business.” That line from the movie “Dave” perhaps best sums up my review of the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) […]

Friday Freakout: Are Friedman Surveys Reliable?

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 views on issues such as the state of education, school choice, Common Core State Standards, and standardized testing. Some of our fellow school choice supporters – some from the Thomas B. […]

Friday Freakout: Is Overregulation Inevitable?

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 Shift to Regulation.”  Today’s freakout reflects two very troubling, but common, misconceptions. Clarifying What “School Reform Types” Want We kindly disagree with Bill. At least for this “school reform type,” we […]