Tag Archives: charter schools

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

By Dirk Zuschlag New Education Secretary: What Policy?                                                                                                In all likelihood, Betsy DeVos will soon become Secretary of Education. As an earlier Green & Write post has pointed out, DeVos is best known as a very rich, very well-connected champion of school choice and publically-funded vouchers. Remarkably influential in Michigan politics, she has provoked criticism, and… Read More »

School Choice and the Distribution of Students Across Districts

School Choice and the Distribution of Students Across Districts

This week’s post is written by Ben Pogodzinski (Ph.D., Michigan State University).  Ben is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Wayne State University. His current research focuses on the impact of school choice policies on the distribution of students and school funding, student absenteeism in urban schools, and the influence of… Read More »

How Do Charter and Traditional School Board Members Define Accountability?

How Do Charter and Traditional School Board Members Define Accountability?

This week’s post is written by Dr. Michael R. Ford. Dr. Ford is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  His research interests include public and nonprofit school board governance, accountability, and education reform.    Back in February I penned a blog post here discussing some recent research I completed… Read More »

Using Google Maps to get charter students to school

Using Google Maps to get charter students to school

By Rob Kimball Outliers make for great stories and headlines, but they don’t do much for policy discussions—particularly school choice policy. Recently, there has been a flurry of headlines citing tales of “extreme sacrifice” by Detroit students in their efforts to commute great distances to the schools of their choice. The reality is that the… Read More »

Louisiana Senate Bill 432 Means Big Changes for New Orleans’ Schools

Louisiana Senate Bill 432 Means Big Changes for New Orleans’ Schools

By Amy Auletto New Orleans has been in the spotlight for a number of years due its decentralized portfolio school district model. The Recovery School District (RSD), a statewide school district created in 2003, was designed to intervene in low-performing schools in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, a large number… Read More »

Students Pay the Price for Unequal Treatment of Charter School Teachers

Students Pay the Price for Unequal Treatment of Charter School Teachers

By Amy Auletto Research on charter school performance continues to conclude that, generally speaking, charter schools are no better or worse than traditional public schools (TPS) when it comes to academic achievement. While student outcomes are relatively similar across the two types of schools, the experiences of teachers are quite different. Using data from the… Read More »

The Importance of Charter School Board Governance

The Importance of Charter School Board Governance

Michael R. Ford is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  His research interests include public and nonprofit school board governance, accountability, and education reform.  By Michael R. Ford Do school boards matter? Matt Miller, in his infamous 2008 Atlantic Monthly article, implicitly argued yes, calling for their elimination on… Read More »

How “Choice-Friendly” Are America’s Major Cities?

How “Choice-Friendly” Are America’s Major Cities?

By Amy Auletto A recent report released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute ranked 30 major U.S. cities according to how supportive they are of school choice. America’s Best (And Worst) Cities for School Choice, written by Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D., Dara Zeehandelaar, Ph.D., and David Griffith, identifies the optimal conditions under which America’s cities are… Read More »