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.

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...
The genesis of vouchers in Ohio stretches back to 1995 and the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring program. In 2006, vouchers...
KIPP Columbus achieves extraordinary outcomes for its students, predominantly students in poverty and students of color. Led by...
NOTE: This piece originally appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer in a slightly different form. A recent Cincinnati Enquirer...
Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA) is preparing its middle schoolers for success in high school, college, and life. CLA is second...
Ohio House Bill 2 (HB 2) was signed into law on November 1, 2015. It was a landmark piece of legislation that significantly...
Posted just six hours after the close of Mother’s Day, this eerily titled article, “ Some school districts tail parents to check...
In April, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos toured the Van Wert school district in rural northwestern Ohio along with American...
Bernie Moreno
NOTES: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
Greg R. Lawson
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...
John Zitzner
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
Despite their pronouncements to the contrary, many of Ohio’s affluent suburban school districts are about as “public” as a gated...
In a provocative headline, a recent Wall Street Journal article proclaimed that “ Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City.’ ” The...
At the end of June, Governor John Kasich vetoed a provision in the state budget bill that would have changed school grading...
Last month, the Center for Research on Educational Options (CREDO) at Stanford University released a new analysis of the...
The big squeeze continues. Ohio’s charter sector shrinks again as reforms enacted in 2012 and 2015 are fully implemented. The...

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