School Choice Weekly

Oh, the Places ESAs Can Go

School Choice Weekly #137 If you want to get excited by hearing a brand-new idea, read Jonathan Butcher’s latest study on education savings accounts, which explores the possibilities for families if they were combined with mobile payment technologies. Yes, that sounds dry, so here’s an illustration to whet your interest: John Makusi Simiyu operates a nondescript real estate and transportation company in Nairobi, Kenya. Yet Simiyu uses what may be the most advanced way to send and receive money...

National Test Scores Dip Yet Again

School Choice Weekly #136 The latest Nation’s Report Card (formally the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP) results find just 37 percent of U.S. twelfth graders performed well enough in math and reading to indicate they would do well in college, a slight dip from the last round of scores in 2013. As always, everyone has a theory as to why. Some say it’s because percentages of black and Hispanic students are increasing, and these minorities perform dramatically worse on NAEP...

We Can’t Trust the Feds, Says Lamar Alexander

School Choice Weekly #135 Remember when Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander sheepdogged the No Child Left Behind rewrite bill through Congress, and this author and colleagues argued it would not “end the national school board,” as Alexander promised? That was just four months ago. Four. Alexander himself now agrees with us – conveniently after rushing the bill into law. Alexander has been beating his chest about how the regulatory process is yielding ... well, the same thing big...

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