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June 13, 2017

Portents of Success for Charter Schools

I wouldn't have expected it, but events of the last 24 hours have got me in a surprisingly chipper mood.

April 10, 2017

Is School Choice an End, a Means, or What?

For me, school reform rests on a series of pretty simple tenets. Let me clarify.

April 07, 2017

How Not to Argue for School Choice

Here are three pro-choice lines of argument I've heard a lot in 2017 and a couple of thoughts as to why passionate advocates might want to lean on some different talking points.

April 04, 2017

School Choice, Bureaucracy, and American Airlines

Whether it be an airline or a school, what we all want, I think, is that professionals exhibit a passion for doing their job well.

October 12, 2016

The Intriguing Possibilities of Catholic School Reform

Catholic education has confronted many challenges in recent decades; however, Seton Catholic Schools are offering a path forward.

December 21, 2015

A Guide for K-12 Gardeners

There are really two kinds of policy thinkers when it comes to school reform: gardeners and engineers.

September 10, 2015

Wash. State Supreme Court's Puzzling Rationale for Outlawing Charter Schools

Last week the Washington state Supreme Court declared the state's charter law unconstitutional. Here's why they're wrong.

June 11, 2015

5 Thoughts on Nevada's Landmark School Choice Law

Last week, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed into law the nation's most ambitious school choice program. I'll share five thoughts on this.

April 09, 2015

Creativity, Cartels, and the Supply Side of Choice-Based Reform

School choice debates often ignore a central issue: the supply side. The supply side has immense creative potential and can shatter existing cartels.

January 27, 2014

Two-Track Charter Expansion and More Cool Stuff From School Choice Week

This week is School Choice Week. I generally hate these designated "weeks," as they're mostly an occasion for p.r. extravaganzas and an opportunity for the faithful to bang the drum. And, for better or worse, that's not really my scene. That said, it turns out that choice week is also the occasion for a cluster of pretty cool things.

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