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.

In Ohio today, approximately 250,000 students—rich and poor alike—are formally identified as gifted. These “high flyers” have...
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Among the most frequently heard concerns around charter schools is that they drain money from traditional districts, potentially...
 
 
Since the inception of Ohio’s charter school program in 1998, gallons of ink have been spilled documenting the missteps of a few...
 
 
You’ve probably heard by now that basketball superstar LeBron James opened a school for at-risk kids in his hometown of Akron,...
 
 
Online charter schools have been front-page material in every major Ohio newspaper for the past two years. The coverage, largely...
 
 
No two charter public schools are alike and the guiding purpose of the Pathway to Success series is to highlight the breadth of...
Over the past month, local newspapers across Ohio have blasted headlines such as “ Local schools lost millions to ECOT ” and “...
 
 
State report cards are a hot topic in Ohio, but most of the attention has been focused on the system used for traditional...
 
 
Comparing Ohio K–12 education to other states helps us gauge the pace of progress, provides ideas on improvement, and gets us out...
 
 
By Terry Ryan
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NOTE: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Fordham Ohio staffers will be blogging about teachers, principals, and guidance...
 
 
For charter school supporters, it can be frustrating. There’s always something new in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT...
 
 
Jim Waters
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If you were on vacation earlier this month—lucky you—you may have missed the release of the 2017 NAEP results. On the whole, you...
 
 
In case you missed the headlines, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson recently resigned . Though a few scandals have...
 
 
After losing its sponsorship , ECOT, the largest e-school in Ohio, appears to be on the brink of closure. Districts and other e-...
 
 
As reported by the Dispatch last week, Columbus City Schools has unveiled plans to expand selective admission among its magnet...
 
 
The annual “ parent power index ” published by the Center for Education Reform raises worthy questions—how much power is afforded...
 
 
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation’s sponsorship annual report highlights our work with eleven schools that served 4,150 students...
Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Education released the second round of charter sponsor (a.k.a. authorizer) ratings. The Plain...
 
 
Since 2012 , the Center for Education Reform (CER) has released an annual “ parent power index ,”—a scorecard for states as well...
 
 
For the first time in their lives, my twin daughters are attending separate schools. It was a hard decision made after a lot of...
 
 
Has William Phillis, head of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding and long-standing charter critic, been...
 
 
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is releasing a first-of-its-kind statewide analysis of interdistrict open enrollment. Using...
 
 
A college degree is becoming increasingly necessary in order for young people to attain the jobs they want, and yet getting to...
Each year, school choice advocates celebrate National Charter Schools Week . This year, they had an extra reason to break open...
 
 
Too much of what we hear about urban public schools in America is disheartening. A student’s zip code—whether she...
The Fordham Institute recently released Three Signs that a Proposed Charter School is at Risk of Failing , a study of over six...
 
 
Columbus Collegiate Academy (CCA) epitomizes the relentlessness and vision necessary to close achievement gaps in urban education...

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