School Choice Weekly

A Way out of Private Education Woes

School Choice Weekly #55 Charter schools are set to replace traditional district schools as the dominant form of public schooling if their growth rates continue for a few decades. Given that charters slightly increase what their charges learn, at lower costs to taxpayers, that’s overall a positive thing for the kids they will reach. But for those of us who love curricular diversity, quality, and education freedom, what does all that mean for private schools and private school choice? Matthew...

Online Learning at Least Not Terrible, Says Study

The first high-quality study of online education in a K–12 setting finds Florida high school students taking algebra or English 1 online performed as well on state math and reading tests as students taking those same classes in a traditional school setting. The study does not show an advantage for online instruction, but it also does not show a disadvantage--and online classes are less expensive. So the study is not a huge boost for online-education proponents, who frequently rhapsodize about...

Parents Versus Control

School Choice Weekly #53 A young concert pianist quit her DC public school for homeschooling after the school called the straight-A student truant for traveling the world for performances and training. It’s yet another example of why the public school system is less about education and more about control, as Jason Bedrick points out: When parents have the ability to remove their children from a school that isn’t meeting their needs and send them somewhere else, the schools must be responsive...

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