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The Next Accountability Part 5: How We Get What We Want

Greg Forster

  District schools, charter schools and private schools, and the teachers who educate within them, need accountability if they’re going to perform their best. The technocratic paradigm of accountability—testing-driven centralization of control—can’t deliver the educational outcomes that matter most. Because technocracy doesn’t build on the things we have in common as human beings and fellow […]

The Next Accountability Part 4: Who We Are

Greg Forster

The crisis over accountability in the education reform movement is revealing that we lack a basis for building consensus on what makes a good education. Without at least some limited amount of consensus, the crisis will remain unresolved; perpetual political conflict over what we want from schools will be our fate. We can find such […]

Friday Freakout: What School Choice Opponents Are Missing When They Focus Only on Funding

friday freakout what opponents are missing when they focus only on money

  The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University recently released a report analyzing the design and fiscal effects of K–12 school voucher programs in six states, including Indiana. The report relies on several pieces of original EdChoice research, and we appreciate those references. What’s unfortunate about this report and others like it […]

Where Governors Stand on School Choice

where governors stand on school choice

With the 2016 elections over—well, almost over—many are wondering what it all means for the future of educational choice policies. Although news headlines have focused primarily on the presidential race, our team took a closer look at the results from this year’s 12 state gubernatorial races. After all, education is—and always should be—a local issue. […]

The Next Accountability Part 3: What We Don’t Want from Schools

Greg Forster

In this series we have been looking at some uncomfortable truths about education policy. In this installment we’re going to look at how the education reform movement has avoided confronting these truths, and how that has contributed to its current impasse over accountability. It’s understandable that we aren’t eager to face these challenging issues, but […]

The Next Accountability Part 2: Where We Get What We Want

Greg Forster

In our society we are free to disagree about what is good, true and beautiful, and as a result we lack consensus about what is a good education. Since education policy cannot avoid saying something about what is good, we need to develop an approach to school accountability that points toward a free community where […]

The Next Accountability Part 1: What We Want

The Next Accountability

Accountability begins with the question: What do we want from schools? Education should help people grow into their potential as human beings, and education reform should fix our system so schools do that better. That means accountability needs to start with an understanding of how we help people grow into their human potential. The lack […]

The Next Chapter of Our Story

EdChoice. It’s a big and powerful idea—and it’s the new name of our organization. Earlier this year, we announced that we’d be changing our brand to celebrate our past and better reflect the future, and we’re excited to begin the next chapter. Our new mission is simple and bold: We are champions of choice who […]

The Next Accountability: Getting What We Want from Schools – Without Technocracy

The Next Accountability

For decades, the word “accountability” brought education reformers together. Today, it’s driving us apart. Our forefathers built the education reform movement on a foundation that all reformers shared: We need to hold schools accountable, so they’ll give kids the education we want them to get. Now we’re discovering cracks in the foundation. It turns out […]

New Survey Says Parents Can Get Mo’ Satisfaction with School Choice

Why Parents Choose

To maintain and grow enrollment, school leaders need to know whether parents are satisfied with the education their children are receiving and the learning environment in which it takes place. Studying parent satisfaction is by no means new; it is often an included outcome in a variety of school choice research as a secondary outcome.1 This […]