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The big sort
July 18, 2018
Do selective admissions actually help middle schools choose the best students? This Manhattan dad says no.
Eric Goldberg wants to change the debate around whether public schools should be allowed to select their students based on test scores, report…
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates for governor answer the big questions on education
Chalkbeat asked Republican candidates about their own educational experiences, the future of TNReady testing, whether to offer private school vouchers, and more.
Tennessee Votes 2018
July 9, 2018
Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates for governor stand on education
Chalkbeat asked the candidates about their own educational experiences, how they'd address TNReady testing challenges, pre-K expansion, and more.
June 25, 2018
Early school choice deadlines mean affluent parents often get first shot at coveted schools, new study shows
A new study finds that early registration deadlines for Boston’s school choice program tended to trip up black, Hispanic, and low-income families
June 21, 2018
Change in Colorado law sets up a ‘David and Goliath’ school choice battle no one saw coming
A last-minute provision tacked onto an unrelated bill allows school districts to send buses into neighboring jurisdictions without their consent.
May 29, 2018
D.C.’s private school voucher program hurt low-income students’ math test scores, according to federal study
Low-income students who used a voucher to attend a private school in Washington, D.C., continued to see substantially lower math test scores after two years in the program
May 25, 2018
In Denver’s gentrifying neighborhoods, some middle-class parents are avoiding the school down the block
“Everybody wants schools to be more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. But the only control you have over that as a parent is to send your child there."
DeVos in NYC
May 15, 2018
Betsy DeVos is in New York City — and so far, she’s only touring religious private schools
DeVos is scheduled to visit the Yeshiva Darchei Torah Boys School, in Far Rockaway, Queens on Wednesday.
May 14, 2018
Is Betsy DeVos visiting a Jewish school in Manhattan Tuesday? Officials won’t say
The decision to visit a private Jewish school would almost certainly invite scrutiny.
out of bounds
May 2, 2018
How school choice differs for black and white families in New York City and other takeaways from a new report
In New York City, a surprising number of elementary school students opt-out of their neighborhood schools — but who travels, where they go,…
vouching for vouchers
April 24, 2018
Louisiana vouchers have led to big drops in test scores, but they also might boost college enrollment
Students who won a school voucher in Louisiana to attend their top-ranked private high school were 6 percentage points more likely to enroll in college.
pick a school
April 19, 2018
Denver touts record participation in school choice process
More than 27,000 families submitted school choices, up 17 percent from last year.
March 19, 2018
New York City charter leader Eva Moskowitz says Betsy DeVos is not ‘ready for prime time’
In New York City, Eva Moskowitz has been a lone voice of support for the controversial U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. But even…
March 16, 2018
An integration dilemma: School choice is pushing wealthy families to gentrify neighborhoods but avoid local schools
The ability to opt out of the neighborhood school increased the likelihood that a mostly black or Hispanic neighborhood would see an influx of wealthier residents.
back to the future
February 12, 2018
Debora Scheffel wants to fill State Board of Education vacancy ‘as a matter of service’
A former State Board of Education member whose defeat in 2016 handed control of the board to Democrats could be on her way back.
February 6, 2018
More Denver schools to give preference to students from low-income families
The pilot program is an effort to better integrate the city’s schools at a time when gentrification is deepening economic divides.
February 2, 2018
Five ideas to help Denver students get to the schools they choose
With school choice underway in Denver, here's how a persistent local critic would improve what he calls the district's “antiquated transportation policies.”
pick a school
January 31, 2018
Denver’s school choice process starts Feb. 1. Here’s what’s different this year.
One big change: It's all online this year.
January 26, 2018
The Douglas County voucher case is finally over
Elections have consequences, and this week the Colorado Supreme Court delivered on one.
January 8, 2018
Vouchers have dominated Tennessee’s ed debate for years, but won’t in 2018. Here’s why — and what could come next.
Here are four explanations behind the dramatic shift — and a look at why the climate could change again next year.
December 8, 2017
How to pay for special education is a growing concern across Michigan
Currently, schools are required to provide students with special services and therapies but are only funded for a fraction of their expenses.
choice and competition
November 30, 2017
School choice, Jeffco style: District considering new school models, centralized enrollment
Jeffco Public Schools is moving toward more choice with proposals for new district-run school options and with plans for a centralized online school choice system.
November 30, 2017
DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk,’ cheers GOP tax plan
The nation's ed chief tells a summit gathering in Nashville that not much has changed since the landmark Reagan-era report indicting America’s public schools.
November 29, 2017
Betsy DeVos tours school during her first Tennessee visit as education chief
The secretary praised career-technical education at a traditional public school, but also put in a good word for vouchers in a state that has consistently eschewed them.
November 29, 2017
In a district aiming for integration, can New York City sway parents’ school choices?
New York City officials are hoping that an unused corner of a Lower East Side elementary school will help achieve what has long eluded this…
November 27, 2017
Jeb Bush, Betsy DeVos to rally education reformers this week at Nashville summit
The gathering of some 1,100 reform-minded players comes as efforts to reengineer education as a consumer choice have buoyed under the Trump administration.
Coming to Tennessee
November 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos to address Jeb Bush’s education summit in Nashville
The visit will mark DeVos’s first to Tennessee since the Michigan billionaire became President Donald Trump’s secretary of education in February.
November 9, 2017
What I learned about the limits of school choice in New York City from a mother whose child uses a wheelchair
A researcher interviewed a mother who found that "school choice" can ring hollow for parents whose children are differently abled.
October 31, 2017
As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers — but founder’s company charged it millions
The state has set aside more than $62 million over the next two years to keep the school in business.
school choice or peer choice?
October 11, 2017
A school choice quandary: parents care more about who attends a school than about its quality, in NYC study
A basic tenet of school choice is that families will choose the highest-quality school they can. Now a new study raises questions about this basic premise.
battle for students
September 29, 2017
Memphis district robo call tells parents to opt out of data sharing: “We do not want to lose any students to charter schools”
As Memphis parents decide whether to share their children’s information with charters, Shelby County Schools is ramping up its efforts to get them to say no.
September 27, 2017
Florida’s tax credit voucher program helps get students to — but not necessarily through — college, study finds
Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school
September 22, 2017
McQueen’s deadline looms for Memphis and Nashville to share student info with charter schools — and no one is budging
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said potential consequences will be determined Monday. Past state action suggests funding cuts could be on the table.
pick a school
September 19, 2017
Denver Public Schools making changes to choice process meant to benefit low-income parents
One change: The district plans to roll out a new, mobile-friendly school information website.
September 14, 2017
Betsy DeVos laments death of Memphis civil rights leader Dwight Montgomery
The local president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was one of few prominent black civil rights leaders to back the divisive education chief.
September 11, 2017
Parents: Here’s your chance to offer feedback on the race to get into Memphis’ most popular public schools
The optional school application process — which is academically selective and done on a first come, first serve basis — has long been a source of criticism.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies
One in 10 of Indiana’s voucher schools publicly shares a policy suggesting or declaring that LGBT students are not welcome.
July 18, 2017
What’s ALEC? Ahead of Betsy DeVos’s speech, here’s which states earn the group’s education policy praise
Only Florida, Arizona and Indiana received a B+ on ALEC’s 2016 Report Card on American Education.
Decisions & Choices
June 26, 2017
Douglas County voucher supporters encouraged by Supreme Court decision in similar case
Opponents to the Douglas County voucher program saw something to like in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision too.
BARRIERS TO ACCESS
June 21, 2017
Public transportation won’t solve Denver’s school choice woes, study finds
Only 58 percent of students could get to a top-rated middle or high school in 30 minutes or less by public transit.
June 19, 2017
I think traditional public schools are the backbone of democracy. My child attends a charter school. Let’s talk.
The dialogue around school choice in Nashville doesn’t often include much nuance — or many voices of parents like me.
the evolution of research
June 15, 2017
Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools
Here are a few of the big questions that some charter schools researchers are examining — and other important questions that have received little attention.
vying for vouchers
May 23, 2017
On Betsy DeVos’s budget wish list: $250M to ‘build the evidence base’ for vouchers
The funding boost aimed at justifying private-school choice programs is one way DeVos is delivering on years of advocacy for those programs.
May 23, 2017
DeVos said rejecting choice plan would be a ‘terrible mistake.’ New York education advocates have a different take
At a discussion of school choice in New York City Tuesday morning, panelists seemed unfazed by Betsy DeVos's comments about school choice.
May 22, 2017
Betsy DeVos promises an expansive school choice plan, says opting out would be ‘terrible mistake’ for states
The U.S. education secretary offered few details about the plan, which she said would be voluntary for states.
barriers to entry
May 16, 2017
Chancellor: ‘We’re reconsidering how some enrollment is done’ in high schools
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña hinted during a City Council hearing Tuesday that changes to the high school admissions process might be in the works.
May 10, 2017
Study: Private dollars give Memphis charter schools edge in per-pupil funding
A new report from the University of Arkansas says charter schools in Memphis are bucking a national funding trend, thanks mostly to philanthropic support.
May 8, 2017
My neighbors told the New York Times that going to our local school is ‘malpractice.’ We picked it anyway
In the latest How We Got Here story, a New York City mom recounts her family's path to their neighborhood school, which many other middle-class white families spurn.
May 2, 2017
Before voucher legislation comes back in 2018, Tennessee lawmakers want a plan to determine whether vouchers work
Lawmakers who backed a proposal for a Memphis pilot program hope to clear up questions about what kind of tests students who accept vouchers should take.
April 27, 2017
Matt Damon’s latest role: The voice of an education documentary featuring Tennessee testing
Called “Backpack Full of Cash,” the 90-minute film features a Nashville elementary school and school board member Amy Frogge.
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