Michael Q. McShane, Author at EdChoice

School Choice Opponents Defend the Indefensible

When a child is assaulted day in and day out in their assigned public school, how can anyone argue they don't deserve school choice? Believe it or not, there are people who do.

Sensible K–12 Governance and Why It Probably Won’t Happen

Daarel Burnette of Education Week wrote a provocative piece earlier this month titled “Face It, School Governance Is a Mess.” His core argument is tough to dispute: No one knows who is in charge of K–12 education.

Hybrid Home Schooling’s “Whole Product” Problem

We present three steps to making hybrid homeschool work.

Who Should Hybrid Home-school?

We present four profiles of potential hybrid home-schoolers.

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Can Hybrid Home Schooling “Cross the Chasm?”

Hybrid home schooling proponents must tackle three questions to grow beyond early adopters and into the mainstream.

Where the “Funding Competing Systems” Argument Falls Completely Apart

School choice opponents say we should “fully fund” one system (public schools), but here’s where that all falls apart

What You Need to Know from the Massive NCES School Choice Report

As a longtime school choice researcher, here are my picks for the NCES report’s most interesting findings

How to Tell If You Can Afford Private School

Paying full-price for K–12 private school tuition and fees might not be your only option.

New UVA Study of Limited Help in Understanding School Vouchers

Education policy wonks are atwitter over what a recent University of Virginia (UVA) press release said about school choice, but should they be?

The Five Things You Should Know about the New D.C. Voucher Test Score Study

It’s not all bad news, and there are important reasons why D.C.’s voucher results can’t be generalized to all school choice programs

The Next 200 Years: Studying the Long-Term Effects of Catholic-to-Charter “Conversion”

This post is part of a new EdChoice blog series called The Next 200 Years, where authors will wrestle with how to best preserve the legacy and ensure the future of Catholic education in the United States.

Should Anyone Use Student Test Score Studies to Determine School Choice Success or Failure?

A new working paper examines all voucher studies, charter studies and more to assess whether short-run test score results translate to the long term for kids.

What You Actually Need to Know About the Two New School Choice Attainment Studies

Milwaukee and D.C. studies continue trends, but context is important

The Next 200 Years: A New EdChoice Series

This post is part of a new EdChoice blog series called The Next 200 Years, where authors will wrestle with how to best preserve the legacy and ensure the future of Catholic education in the United States.

What is Empirical Evidence?

Check out this simple guide to empirical evidence and how to identify high-quality research from poor-quality research, using examples from the auto and education industries.

School Vouchers Gone Wild? The Truth About Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarships

Recent media coverage of Florida’s tax-credit scholarships wrongly paints them as breeding ground for evil deeds.

Could School Choice Be a Solution for Segregation in Private Schools?

Which is to blame for segregation in the private education sector: private schools or our current economy?

What Recourse Families of Students with Special Needs Have When Their Schools Fail Them: Public vs. Private

A new paper sparks debate about whether giving parents of students with special needs the ability to opt out of IDEA in favor of alternative options is good or bad.

The Chicken and the Egg of Educational Choice

We shouldn’t give parents choices because they don’t have enough information to make good decisions, but they don’t have enough information because we haven’t given them choices. So what do we do?

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