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Monday, January 26, 2015

On Designing K-12 Education Savings Accounts

Education Next – Jason Bedrick and Lindsey M. Burke

“As we celebrate National School Choice Week, education-reform advocates would be wise to reflect on purpose of school choice as articulated by Milton Friedman, the father of the modern school choice movement. Friedman first proposed the concept of school vouchers in 1955, arguing that by introducing consumer choice into education, vouchers could help create a competitive marketplace. “Vouchers are not an end in themselves,” Friedman wrote in 1995; “they are a means to make a transition from a government to a market system.” Friedman was likely even more innovative than education-reform advocates realize, because he saw that a real education market would create its own path, pushed along by market forces. Noting in 2003 that “there’s no reason to expect that the future market will have the shape or form that our present market has,” Friedman wondered: “How do we know how education will develop? Why is it sensible for a child to get all his or her schooling in one brick building?” Instead, Friedman proposed granting students “partial vouchers”: “Why not let them spend part of a voucher for math in one place and English or science somewhere else?…Why can’t a student take some lessons at home, especially now, with the availability of the Internet?”.”(more)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

To improve education outcomes, advocates urge school choice for all students.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“This is the story of two young black students who attended challenging Georgia public schools not long after the civil rights movement. They both share ties to a small Georgia town. One attended a public school in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. At length, his parents saved enough money to transfer the older boy to a parochial school and, eventually, to Atlanta’s Marist School. He spent a lot of time at his granddad’s house in Cuthbert in southwest Georgia, where his father grew up. The other young man attended public school in Cuthbert. His parents had few choices for his education other than the county’s one-and-only elementary, middle and high school. Instead, it was cradle-to-college mentoring by family members and a few dedicated teachers who set boundless expectations and devoted years of selfless service to help turn several rural geographical obstacles into our stepping-stones of success — graduating from a major four-year college or university.”(more)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

School Vouchers Help Low-Income Minority Students Earn a College Degree

Education Next – Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson

“With school vouchers popping back on to state agendas in the wake of Republican gubernatorial and state legislative victories across the country, renewed interest in the long-term effectiveness of vouchers has quickened. But most voucher studies are able to look only at the short-term effects on parental satisfaction and student test-score performance.”(more)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We pick the five best school choice moments of 2014

Watchdog.org – Staff Writer

“In the almost twenty-five years school choice programs have existed, there’s never been a year without controversy, lawsuits and plenty of heated anti-choice rhetoric. That annual dose of sound and fury can sometimes overshadow all the good that has happened. So as 2014 draws to a close, it’s important to look back and remember some of the best moments and important advances in school choice during the year. Watchdog surveyed some of the country’s leading school choice experts, and these are their picks for the five best school choice moments of 2014.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wisconsin voucher programs march toward 30,000 student threshold

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Erin Richards

“The total number of students receiving private-school tuition vouchers in Wisconsin is about to cross the 30,000 threshold. The three voucher programs in Milwaukee, Racine and statewide enroll 29,683 students, according to results of the official state headcount in September.”(more)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

School Choice a Top Priority for Republican Leaders in House, Senate

Education Week – Lauren Camera

“Be on the lookout for charter school or school voucher proposals to pop up early during the 114th Congress, as school choice legislation was named a top priority by the assumed Republican leaders in the House and in the Senate, which will flip to GOP control in January.” (more)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

North Carolina’s New Voucher Program Already Improving Lives of Students

Education News – Robert Enlow

“That all changed when the North Carolina Legislature adopted the Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2013. After the program was delayed several times, Ms. Hare’s dream finally came true. She obtained a scholarship for Christian to attend a private school this year.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We don’t need state takeover of schools; we need greater school choice as in HOPE program

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Atlanta attorney Glenn Delk has 30 years of experience in education reform efforts, primarily in increasing options and choices for families and their children through charter schools, tuition tax-credit scholarships and other means.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.” (more)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

School Choice Ruling in New Hampshire May Be Bellwether

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“In a unanimous ruling out of New Hampshire Supreme Court, low-income students will be able to use tax credits to attend any school their parents choose.” (more)