Expanding school choice: An education revolution or diversion?

House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) was speaking recently at the release of the Brookings Institution’s latest report on Education Choice and Competition. Calling these policies “an education revolution,” the House leader baldly stated, “school choice is the surest way to break [the] vicious cycle of poverty.” Not “a solid education.”  School choice. The Brookings’

The public and public schools in four charts

It’s September and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for competing polls about what Americans think about public education.  True to form, with all the asking — and in some cases, prodding — anyone can sift through the results and find support for their own agendas.  Like charter schools? We’ve got that covered.

Traditional Public Schools Respond to Charter Competition

In a free market, economic theory states that competition is the driving force of productivity, supply and demand, and the panacea for monopolistic control.  Education reformers have long sought to build a public  education system that closely resembles the free market with its uninhibited choices, limited government involvement, and private goods. In a recent Education

Most Charter Schools Still No More Effective than Traditional Public Schools

While charter schools are more effective than they were in 2009, their performance is not much different than the traditional public schools (TPS) their students would have attended according to a new study conducted by the Center for Research and Education Outcomes at Stanford University (CREDO). The study updates their 2009 report which found that

Parent Trigger Laws are likely to fire blanks

If turning around a persistently low-performing school were easy, we would not have persistently low-performing schools.  In truth, schools that languish at the academic bottom are more often an ongoing source of frustration for the hard-working teachers, parents and students who attend them and the districts that manage them.  Yet new laws that give parents