Public School Choice

The K-12 Education team recognizes there are many strategies to reach the end goal of ensuring a quality education for every child. This includes a balanced approach to opening and supporting charter schools and other forms of public school choice. While high-quality charter schools have been a critical strategy to increase opportunity and create more good seats for students, some of the critiques of the charter sector also have merit and must be addressed. We argue that there is a progressive case for charters focused on growing and learning from successful models, while also addressing gaps in charter policy, such as the problems with for-profit, virtual charter schools.See the K-12 Education team’s other core priority areas:

  1. Race Equity
  2. College, Career, and Civic Readiness
  3. Teaching Profession
  4. Investment and Funding Equity
 

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A First 100 Days Agenda for K-12 Education Report
 (A school bus drives down a street in Waitsfield, Vermont, February 2013.)

A First 100 Days Agenda for K-12 Education

The next presidential administration must take immediate, bold action to provide a quality education for every child.

Scott Sargrad, Khalilah M. Harris, Lisette Partelow, 2 More Neil Campbell, Laura Jimenez

Modernizing the Federal Charter Schools Program Article
Kindergarten students at a Denver, Colorado, charter school play educational computer games during class, December 2011. (Getty/The Denver Post/Helen H. Richardson)

Modernizing the Federal Charter Schools Program

As the Charter Schools Program enters its second quarter-century, federal policymakers should broaden the program’s focus to embrace smart growth policies, help existing charters improve, and address challenges in the charter sector.

Neil Campbell

Student Mobility, Backfill, and Charter Schools Report

Student Mobility, Backfill, and Charter Schools

Switching schools can have negative effects for students and their new schools; districts and charter schools should therefore have equitable approaches to accepting new students and backfilling open seats.

Neil Campbell, Abby Quirk

A Quality Education for Every Child Report
Fifth and sixth grade students warm up for class at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., October 2012. (Getty/The Washington Post/Astrid Riecken)

A Quality Education for Every Child

The time is now for policymakers to take a bold and comprehensive approach to K-12 education.

Scott Sargrad, Khalilah M. Harris, Lisette Partelow, 2 More Neil Campbell, Laura Jimenez

11 Ways New Governors Can Lead on Education Through Executive Actions Report
A kindergarten teacher in Los Angeles uses an electric heater for her classroom; the school's air conditioning and heating system has been out of service for more than a year. (Getty/Rick Meyer)

11 Ways New Governors Can Lead on Education Through Executive Actions

From teacher pay to school infrastructure to workforce readiness, new governors should move quickly to advance key education priorities in their states.

Scott Sargrad, Lisette Partelow, Jessica Yin

Profit Before Kids Report
Working desk with laptop.

Profit Before Kids

For-profit virtual charter schools consistently underperform other public schools. Available financial records demonstrate that large for-profit virtual charter school operators allocate public dollars toward advertising, executive compensation, lobbying, and profit at the expense of instruction.

Meg Benner, Neil Campbell

College Signing Days Reflect a Future Worth Celebrating Article
High school graduates throw their caps into the air at the closure of commencement on June 14, 2013. (Getty/Dorann Weber)

College Signing Days Reflect a Future Worth Celebrating

Getting high school students to and through college requires K-12 school systems to invest more in comprehensive college preparation efforts.

Sarah Shapiro, Neil Campbell

The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers Report

The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers

The negative impact of vouchers on student achievement is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.

Ulrich Boser, Meg Benner, Erin Roth

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