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By / 6.26.2018

In an effort to increase accessibility to New York City’s nine specialized public high schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed expanding their admissions criteria.  This may help reduce disparities by race in the educational opportunities New York students can access, but New York’s public schools need broader district-wide enrollment reforms to truly ensure all students enjoy […]

By / 5.9.2018

This morning, U.S. News and World Report released its 2018 list of the nation’s best high schools. For the past few years, public charters have been slowly taking over the top 10 spots on the list; this year, they dominated them. For those of us who believe in the power of public school choice to bring […]

By / 2.21.2018

This week, Antwan Wilson stepped down as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools after the majority of the 13-member D.C. City Council demanded his resignation for skirting the rules of the infamously competitive D.C. school lottery. Wilson ensured his daughter received a preferential transfer into the district’s highest-performing, non-selective traditional public school. To the […]

By and / 1.24.2018

Fighting for the neediest and pushing back against special interests are often unexpected actions in the realm of political battles. However, Dorsey Hopson, Superintendent of the Shelby County Schools (SCS) in Memphis, Tennessee, might exceed our expectations. Last week, Hopson announced that he is “willing to voluntarily relinquish control over some struggling schools to be […]

By / 12.30.2017

Education was mostly a sideshow in the massive tax overhaul Congress passed just before Christmas. But one marginal issue passed in the dead of night may end up playing a big role in the school choice debate going forward. Under the new law, money from 529 college savings accounts can now be used for private […]

By / 12.18.2017

As I travel around the country on a 24-city book tour, giving talks and meeting with education reform leaders and activists, I get a lot of questions. I thought it might be useful to answer a few of them in print. These are a set I received in Oakland, California, at an event sponsored by […]

By / 10.19.2017

Free credentials would help millions of Americans without four-year degrees reach the middle-class debt free & close labor force “skills gap” WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report by senior fellow Anne Kim, “Forget ‘free college.’ How about ‘free credentials?,’” proposing greater federal support of high-quality occupational credentialing opportunities as […]

By and / 8.31.2017

In a recent media release, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) announced they are looking for “quality partners” to launch innovation network schools for the 2018-2019 school year. IPS explains their innovation school network as a group of “public schools with expanded autonomy to make academic and operational decisions that will maximize student achievement. Innovation schools also […]

By / 8.4.2017

When I was a kid, my parents bought a house in a middle class neighborhood of an economically diverse city. My brother, who is a year older than me, embarked upon his schooling in our local public elementary school – an adventure that lasted one year. His teacher struggled to control the class, fights broke […]

By / 7.24.2017

Under Chancellor Antwan Wilson, the children of current and former public officials will no longer receive preferential placement in the District’s infamously competitive school enrollment system. The move follows a report from the D.C. Inspector General that former Chancellor Kaya Henderson had allowed the children of several top public officials to bypass the My School […]