Michael Shaw

Before joining EdChoice, Michael worked as a reporter for news organizations in Colorado, Virginia and Missouri. He holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and economics, as well as a minor in Spanish, from the University of Missouri.

2021 EdChoice Share: Where Are America’s Students Getting Their Education?

END OF Q1 UPDATE: We will update this post quarterly to reflect updates to private school participation as well as enrollment changes in states’ public, charter, home school, and non-choice program private schools. This series coins the term Educational Choice Share (or EdChoice Share) to represent the proportion of all K–12 students who are enrolled […]

Iowans Show Support for Flexible School Choice Programs, Want More Options

Those familiar with the private school choice world are used to hearing about developments and updates from the “Big Fish” states—places like Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin, which have among the largest school choice enrollments and were at the forefront of the modern school choice movement. But did you know Iowa, the 31st most populous state […]

BRIEF: School Choice in the States – September 2020

LEGISLATION D.C. H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act, passed Congress. A broad appropriations bill, it extends the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program an additional year from its previous five-year appropriation. Federal Lawmakers introduced S.B. 4775, the Delivering Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act. Included in its text is a provision […]

2020 Schooling in America Series: School Choice, Education Spending and More

In preparation for the first full semester of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools of choice stood at policy and parental crossroads. Charter and private schools of various sizes received pandemic-related funding to stay afloat, causing many to reassess the relationship between K–12 and government funding. New private school parents from South Carolina to Arizona are propping […]

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Purchasing Power, 2020 Edition

How well are America’s private school choice programs funded? In this post, we rank the nation’s educational choice programs by purchasing power based on data in the 2020 edition of The ABCs of School Choice. To rank programs by purchasing power, we compare each program’s most recent per-pupil spending to the state’s (or D.C.’s) average per-pupil spending […]

America’s School Choice Programs Ranked by Eligibility, 2020 Edition

At EdChoice, eligibility is one of the most important factors in analyzing a school choice program. We believe that all parents—regardless geography, income, or any other factor—should have access to the educational options that best fit their children’s needs. You can find specific program eligibility rates in this year’s ABCs of School Choice, or check out […]