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South Dakota Gets School Choice

With the enactment of its first tax-credit scholarship program, South Dakota becomes the 29th state in the nation to offer school choice...

Differentiated Instruction is Still Politically Correct

The new Federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is very likely more of the same and thus ESSA has a very low upside...

The Unintended Consequences of America's Rush toward STEM Education

American education is shifting away from the liberal arts and toward the teaching of specific technical skills so that we can survive in the 21st century global marketplace...

Student Achievement Gains Are Still Unrelated to Increased Education Spending

There is no correlation between education spending and changes in student achievement over the past quarter century...

A $2500 Low-Income Targeted ESA is School Choice on Steroids?

Means-tested escape hatches are not "school choice on steroids"...

Virginia Senate Passes School Choice Bill: Is There Hope for VA?

The Virginia House approved their second private school choice bill on February 16 with a 56-43 vote...

Will the Nation's Capital Have Universal School Choice?

Recently, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Educational Freedom Accounts Act (S. 2455), creating a universal school choice program in Washington, D.C...

"Pricelessness" is Much More Than an Efficiency/Equity Trade-off Issue

Much less than a free market is an adequate first step towards transformational school system reform...

Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Step Forward, but not a Model

Katrina defeated the inertia that sustained one of the nation's worst public school systems...

Please Depersonalize School System Failure

One major barrier to transformational school system change is the widespread tendency to personalize school system failure...


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