John Merrifield, Author at EdChoice

Good Districts Aren’t Enough

With homes in “good districts” priced 77 percent higher than in neighboring districts, families need more individualized options.

Why Milwaukee’s Voucher Program Isn’t the Litmus Test for School Choice Everywhere (Despite Its Positive Results)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a 25-year-old school voucher program (MPCP) restricted to low-income students, district-run chartered public schools and some privately funded vouchers. Because the MPCP is the oldest publicly

Improving America’s Classrooms Through School Choice Part II

In a Part I of this series, I shared my wife’s and my history with K–12 public schooling before listing seven reasons why problematic public school classroom conditions have

Improving America’s Classrooms Through School Choice

Problematic public school classroom conditions have survived decades of education reform efforts. With federal lawmakers considering reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act—and new state lawmakers pursuing different

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What Would Milton Friedman Say: Should parents opt out of standardized testing?

School choice typically is depicted, simply, as a family’s decision between a public or private school. But the freedom to choose in education actually goes much deeper, getting to

What Would Milton Friedman Say: How to Keep “My Brother’s Keeper” from Failing

If President Obama wants to “empower boys and men of color,” he really should give school choice another look. If only the idea’s founder, Milton Friedman, were still alive

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