“When it comes to education, a one-size-fits-all model simply doesn’t work, and choice is important.” The question remains, how much choice, and, specifically, should private schools be included?
We all know that too many children have been languishing in failing schools for too many years. ESSA empowers states with an opportunity to rethink their approach to school turnaround and leverage federal dollars to get those students into a high-quality school as soon as possible.
As you may have noticed, school choice is growing—fast. Today, 25 states plus Washington, D.C. host 50 private education choice programs. Nearly 7,000 charter schools serve students in 43 states and Washington, D.C. As state legislative activity burgeons, Washington is becoming increasingly interested in how the federal government can support the immense success of school choice in the states.
The charter construct is simple, yet profoundly different from traditional public schools. In exchange for more operational autonomy, charter schools are held accountable for student success. If a charter school does not meet the terms of their contract, the school is eventually closed or turned over to another operator. If it is successful, it is offered the opportunity to expand to serve more students.
Tax-credit scholarship programs provide quality educational options for students, lead to academic benefits for students who remain in public schools, and save taxpayers money. I challenge you to name another government program with these characteristics.
During National School Choice Week, ExcelinEd’s Adam Peshek is highlighting unique aspects of educational choice policy. Today, Adam explores Education Savings Account programs: what they look like, where they’re advancing and what the 2017 legislative forecast looks like for these programs. Check out related posts on charter schools, tax-credit scholarships, ways the federal government can support school choice and opportunities for […]
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It’s fair to say that the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education is creating some controversy.
And the reason for that is simple. She is a longtime advocate for the decentralization of education decisions to the family level. That makes her a pariah to the education establishment and a blessing to children trapped in failing schools.
The ninth annual National Summit on Education Reform (#EIE16) takes place this week in Washington, D.C., and I’m excited to share we are preparing to welcome more attendees than ever before. The National Summit opens on Thursday morning, with Governor Jeb Bush delivering a keynote address at 8:45 AM. Whether you’ll be attending in D.C. […]
All parents deserve the ability to help their children reach their full potential. The unfortunate truth is that, for many parents, the ability to do so is determined by the side of town on which they live, the high school their child attends, or the amount of discretionary income in their household. As a result, many […]