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My Children Were New to Online Learning Last Year, And Here’s Why We’re Staying

By Marcela Costa Pereira Reis, a mom of three from Boca Raton, Fla., whose children are attending Florida Virtual School Last year, many families discovered online learning for the first time, including me and my three children, Vinicius, Manuela, and Rafaela. I originally began researching Florida Virtual School (FLVS) because my husband and I were looking […]

Blind Data: On Inputs, Outcomes And Whether Parents Care

By Jennifer Wagner Hi there. Do you like research? We have lots of research. Like, an entire library full of it that I bet five bucks you couldn’t read all the way through if you had a week of unstructured free time. Research has been the backbone of our organization for 25 years — something that sets us apart […]

Two Polls Diverged On The Issue Of School Choice: An Explainer

By Jennifer Wagner Pardon me while I put my ex-political hack hat on for a moment to talk about polling. When you work in politics, you don’t just love polling; you live or die by it. You have to constantly know where you stand with likely voters so you can fine-tune your campaign to attract more support. If […]

Ladner’s Take: Open Enrollment Might Just Be Inevitable

By Jennifer Wagner EdChoice Fellow and longtime school choice advocate Matt Ladner has a solid new blog post over at the Fordham Institute about the future of open enrollment and the changing demographics of our nation, specifically lower birth rates and longer life expectancies. Using his home state of Arizona as “the demographic canary in America’s […]

Back To School: Don’t Expect Black Parents To Rush Right In

By Gwen Samuel Yep, it’s that time of year again for diverse families across the country where parents are sending their most precious cargo (children) into the hands of educators, with the hopes that they will treat them as their own. But it does not escape this Black mom that this will not be a business-as-usual […]

Forced To Conform: School Choice Would Have Made A Difference

A first-person perspective on what it felt like to be without K-12 options By Christina Grattan During a high school rally, my cross country team participated in a dance-off against the volleyball team. I tried my best to dance the moves we rehearsed, but even hours of practice could not make us escape an onslaught of […]

Open Letter: Reopening Schools Is A Life And Death Matter

To Any And All State Lawmakers Who Are Willing To Listen: Last August, I attended my very first open schools rally, and it made me want to do more. In October, my Girls Scout sister Olivia committed suicide due to the isolation from school shutdowns. Olivia’s death lit a fire inside me because I knew exactly […]

Dear Bosses: Consider This Potential New Employee Benefit

By Jennifer Wagner CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW JOB! YOUR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PACKAGE INCLUDES… Vacation, sick and flex time. Medical, dental, vision and life insurance. Retirement savings accounts. Tuition or childcare reimbursement. Gym memberships and wellness programs. Relocation assistance. AS WELL AS… On-site hybrid learning space? Employer-funded education savings accounts Tutoring services? Over the past year, work as […]

Stuck In The Middle: Why School Choice Should Be Available To Everyone

By Jennifer Wagner After almost five years working in the school choice movement, the subhed on this story about the potential cost of Indiana’s proposed voucher expansion and special needs ESA wasn’t really a surprise: An Indiana House bill could boost by 40% the number of students, many from middle-class families, receiving state subsidies for private […]

Friedman And Donahue: Let’s Get Back To Sparking And Flickering

By Jennifer Wagner Four decades ago, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman sat down with talk show host Phil Donahue to discuss his bestselling book, Free to Choose. You can watch the interviews here and here. If you don’t have time for the clips, here’s a quick summary: Friedman and Donahue clashed. A lot. Suffice it to say that […]