School Choice

Meeting students’ individual needs and spurring reform through competion among schools

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Charter School Lessons from New Orleans

In New Orleans, school reform leaders have rejected the argument that charters should be permitted to set their own, narrower standards of what it means to be public schools. Continue reading

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Charter Schools and Special Education

We need to think abouat charter schools as part of a larger system of public education, not merely as competitors to traditional public schools. Continue reading

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Vouchers Redux

The Romney campaign is putting vouchers at the center of its new education plan, but there’s not a lot to recommend vouchers as a large-scale reform strategy.
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The Case for Mandatory School Choice

For New York City public high school students, school choice is mandatory–and the results are promising Continue reading

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Sweating the Big Stuff: Scaling Up Charter Management Organizations

The extraordinary demands of educating disadvantaged students to higher standards, the challenges of attracting the talent required to do that work, the burden of finding and financing facilities, and often aggressive opposition from the traditional public education system have made the trifecta of scale, quality, and financial sustainability hard for charter management organizations to hit. Continue reading

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(Mandatory) School Choice in New York and Boston

By requiring many students to choice the public schools they attend, New York and Boston have redefined the school choice debate, to the benefit of students and their families Continue reading

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Educating Urban America

A reveiw of new books on school reform by journalists Jay Mathews, Paul Tough, and David Whitman

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