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The current dialogue about school choice is focused on charter schools, vouchers and the overall diversion of taxpayer monies to private entities, and it misses a fundamental reality: most public school districts already offer a wide range of choices to their students. These vary from academic concentrations in specific areas...
School choice is again at the center of the education policy debate. But what exactly is it? This primer from NAESP's Principal magazine offers basic descriptions of some of the terms that figure into the debate underway in education and policy circles today.
Public Loss, Private Gain: How School Voucher Tax Shelters Undermine Public Education --a May 2017 report from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)--exposes how state and federal tax policy promotes the privatization of education funding, while simultaneously draining public coffers to enable...
State and federal officials talk about school choice, but what exactly is it? LFA Deputy Director Anne O'Brien defines some key school choice terms in an article for Edutopia.
This one-pager from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) highlights concerns about private school voucher programs, including concerns about: Academic achievement of participating students Lack of accountability of these programs Discrimination occurring within them Their impact on school segregation Fiscal impact on public schools
As a whole, research suggests that academic effects in charter schools are, at best, mixed—varying by the research method, state, district, subject, grade level and individual school. This 2017 research brief from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) includes the findings of prominent national studies, and the impact of charter...
The National PTA submitted a letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee in February 2017 reaffirming its principles on public school choice and opposition to private school vouchers and other initiatives that divert funds from public education to private entities.
In light of new research on schools of choice, the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association updated its report, "School Choice: What the Research Says," in January 2017. According to CPE, "A few findings stand out. Unlike charter schools overall — which aren’t as universally high...
Education Savings Accounts are the latest trend in publicly subsidized private school education. This policy brief from the National Education Association (NEA) offers a quick overview of the issue.