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Don’t Neglect Vouchers’ Competitive Effects

Education Next – Aaron Churchill

“With a $20 billion federal educational choice program now a real possibility under the Trump Administration and Republican-led Congress, the media spotlight has turned to the voucher research. The discussion often revolves around the question of participant effects—whether students are better off when they use a voucher to transfer to a private school. In recent days, voucher naysayers have pointed to the negative participant findings from recent studies in Louisiana and Ohio in order to attack the idea. (I oversaw the latter study as the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Ohio research director.).”(more)

School Choice, Explained (Video)

Education Week – Staff Writer

“Charter schools. Vouchers. Tax-credit scholarships. Education savings accounts. What are these things and how do they relate to school choice? Education Week reporter Arianna Prothero breaks down the different forms of public and private school choice.”(more)

School Choice Is The Only Way To Save U.S. Education

Forbes – David S. D’Amato

“The United States is in the midst of an education crisis; this is not news. The underperformance of American students, particularly in science and math, is well-known, as is the education bureaucracy’s dereliction of duty in the country’s poor and urban communities. Almost all Americans seem to acknowledge the failures of the government school system; today’s disagreements and debates are confined only to causes and proposed solutions.”(more)

Confused By All This Talk Of School Vouchers? Here’s Your Primer

NPR – Cory Turner

“President-elect Donald J. Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is “the new civil rights issue of our time.” But to many Americans, talk of school choice isn’t liberating; it’s confusing if not confounding. Exhibit A: Vouchers. Politicians love to use this buzz word in perpetual second-reference, assuming vouchers are like Superman: Everyone knows where they came from. And, as Trump has nominated an outspoken champion of vouchers, Betsy DeVos, to be his next Education Secretary, it’s time for a quick policy unpacking.”(more)

How to Usher in a Wave of Entrepreneurship in Education

The Observer – Richard Hecker

“Our education system defines our future—it inspires us, teaches us, rears us, and has historically been the vehicle for upward mobility. It afforded the hope that with knowledge and hard work, a child from a family of limited means could climb into the middle, upper-middle, or upper economic class. But in recent years, education has failed us. Graduates are not getting jobs that match their education, thanks to a failure of our system to adequately inform students what jobs are available and provide the needed training. We have millions of job openings—mainly in high-tech fields such as computer science, math, and data science—which remain unfilled. According to a study by Inside Higher Ed, 49 percent of students feel they are underemployed.”(more)

What We Know About Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary

Ed Surge – Jeffrey R. Young, Marguerite McNeal and Sydney Johnson

“President-elect Donald J. Trump has voiced his pick for Education Secretary, saying he’ll appoint Republican philanthropist and school-choice activist Betsy DeVos to the position. DeVos is former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and currently chairs the American Federation for Children, a single-issue group that advocates for expanding school choice options.”(more)