Drew Catt

Andrew D. Catt is the director of state research and special projects for EdChoice. He conducts analyses on private school choice programs and conducts surveys of private school leaders and parents of school-aged children.

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2021 Edition

We’re used to people freaking out whenever states consider creating private educational choice programs. The common refrain goes, “But it will drain money from our already underfunded public schools. It will break our budgets!” There are a lot of problems with the ethos and the pathos of that response worth digging into another day, but […]

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share, 2020

Where are America’s students getting their education? Which types of schools and educational settings are they choosing? END OF Q3 UPDATE: Participation data updates were made for programs in Alabama, Arizona and Florida. The percentages for Arizona changed in the table based on those updates, as did the national level percentages. I also updated the […]

What Parents Think About Getting to School During a Pandemic

I started working on a new survey project a little over a year ago—a national, cross-sector survey of parents on K–12 transportation in the United States. I wanted to know the ways transportation influences parents’ decisions regarding where to send their child(ren) to school; what parents’ major preferences, challenges and concerns related to school transportation […]

Key Findings from the Indiana School Voucher Program 2019–20 IDOE Report

Over the past few months, researchers have gotten used to state departments of education not releasing data on as regular a basis as they did pre-pandemic. They currently have their hands full figuring out what the fall might look like in their state. And I was honestly a little nervous to see the new Indiana […]

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. […]

The States Ranked by Spending on School Choice Programs, 2020 Edition

  The headline says it all. But if you’d like added context, see the national chart in this year’s edition of The ABCs of School Choice (also visible below). For a refresher on how the calculations are made, see the inaugural spending share post from 2017.     Just like last year’s calculations, these use […]

Not All Teachers Oppose Inter-District Busing

In his recent Forbes column, my colleague Mike McShane highlighted new polling data that reveals public school teachers’ negative sentiment around inter-district busing, especially for the purposes of racial and economic integration: To be totally honest, this result surprised me. I would have guessed, perhaps prejudicially, that parents would be the most opposed and teachers […]

Mapping Drive Times to Hope Scholarship-Accepting Private Schools in Florida

In many ways, Florida is at the top of the class when it comes to private schools and educational choice. Florida has a lot of private schools. In fact, only California, Pennsylvania and Texas have more according to the most recent Private School Universe Survey (PSS) estimates. And when it comes to the number of […]