School Choice

Fordham is a long-time supporter of high-quality school options. Students and families who lack the means to exercise choice via homeownership (i.e., voting with their feet and moving to the school district of their choice, as many middle- and upper-income families do regularly) deserve the same access to high-quality schools. We are agnostic to school type: District public, charter public, online charter, magnet public, STEM, private, or homeschooling can all be positive choices. To ensure that a school choice sector is thriving and providing good options, strong accountability mechanisms are key. Transparent, easy-to-understand information is also important so that parents are fully empowered in their choices and to ensure that taxpayer dollars are efficiently spent. See below for research reports, blog posts, videos, and more content on this important issue.

Miyea Thompson
NOTES: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
It’s frustrating feeling like a broken record, but Stephen Dyer’s comparisons between school districts and charter schools can’t...
I recently visited United Preparatory Academy (UPrep). It’s a charter school serving students in grades K-4 (growing to grade...
When it comes to gauging the performance of Ohio’s public charter schools, unfair comparisons and generalizations are all too...
Dr. Geno Thomas
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
Cris Gulacy-Worrel
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
Last week, the Ohio Department of Education released school grades for the 2016-17 school year. These report cards offer Buckeye...
The big squeeze continues. Ohio’s charter sector shrinks again as reforms enacted in 2012 and 2015 are fully implemented. The...
Last month, the Center for Research on Educational Options (CREDO) at Stanford University released a new analysis of the...
At the end of June, Governor John Kasich vetoed a provision in the state budget bill that would have changed school grading...
In a provocative headline, a recent Wall Street Journal article proclaimed that “ Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City.’ ” The...
Despite their pronouncements to the contrary, many of Ohio’s affluent suburban school districts are about as “public” as a gated...
John Zitzner
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
The best advice my wife and I received on how to manage daily life with newly born twin daughters was from our pediatrician: get...
Greg R. Lawson
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
Bernie Moreno
NOTES: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
In April, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos toured the Van Wert school district in rural northwestern Ohio along with American...
Posted just six hours after the close of Mother’s Day, this eerily titled article, “ Some school districts tail parents to check...
Ohio House Bill 2 (HB 2) was signed into law on November 1, 2015. It was a landmark piece of legislation that significantly...
Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA) is preparing its middle schoolers for success in high school, college, and life. CLA is second...
NOTE: This piece originally appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer in a slightly different form. A recent Cincinnati Enquirer...
KIPP Columbus achieves extraordinary outcomes for its students, predominantly students in poverty and students of color. Led by...
The genesis of vouchers in Ohio stretches back to 1995 and the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring program. In 2006, vouchers...
Columbus Collegiate Academy (CCA) epitomizes the relentlessness and vision necessary to close achievement gaps in urban education...
The Fordham Institute recently released Three Signs that a Proposed Charter School is at Risk of Failing , a study of over six...
Too much of what we hear about urban public schools in America is disheartening. A student’s zip code—whether she...
Each year, school choice advocates celebrate National Charter Schools Week . This year, they had an extra reason to break open...
A college degree is becoming increasingly necessary in order for young people to attain the jobs they want, and yet getting to...
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is releasing a first-of-its-kind statewide analysis of interdistrict open enrollment. Using...
Has William Phillis, head of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding and long-standing charter critic, been...

SIGN UP for updates from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Get Updates