Category Archives: Vouchers

Ideology at work: The politics of school choice research

Ever wonder why a lion’s share of positive (non-peer reviewed) findings about school choice come from certain places? We take on that question in our new piece published in the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Research on School Choice. To conceptualize the politics of research on school choice, it is important to discuss the politics of market-based approaches within

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Betsy DeVos wants $5 billion, Should we Oblige?

Betsy DeVos just proposed a $5 billion school choice proposal, asking the Congress for a national tax credit scholarship program that would allow parents to send their children to a private K-12 school of their choice. What are the particulars? She does not use the word “voucher” (likely because voters keep turning back the approach), but instead uses “education savings

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From Portugal, with no Love from the Education Reformers

I recently had the opportunity to be the “skunk in the garden party” so to say at the 2019 International School Choice and Reform conference in Portugal. View this post on Instagram Blog post going up Wednesday at Cloaking Inequity about the moral disengagement of market-based education reform movement. Will include my reflections from International school reform conference in today’s

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Hear LatinX TalX: A Sharing LatinX Journeys Podcast About Community Schools, Charter Schools & Cloaking Inequality

For your drive! Hey, check out this track on SoundCloud: LatinX TalX: A Sharing LatinX Journeys Podcast Episode 14: Community Schools, Charter Schools & Cloaking Inequality chat with Will Ortiz-Febus and Dr. Julian Vazquez Heilig Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Check out and follow my YouTube channel here. Twitter: @ProfessorJVH Click here for Vitae.

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Julian Goes Into Libertarian Lions Den to Defend Public Education

So I had never been called a facist, until a random Libertarian recently lobbed it at me on Friday after a mock trial. Kevin Welner (University of Colorado professor and Director of the National Education Policy Center) called me a few weeks back and asked if I would be willing to attend a Libertarian-oriented conference and defended public education in

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Baby One More Time: Vouchers Still Don’t Work!

A new US Department of Education study finds that students in the only federally funded voucher program perform worse on math. Perry Stein at the Washington Post reports, D.C. students who use vouchers to attend private schools perform significantly worse in math than their public school peers, according to a federal study that could cast a cloud over Education Secretary Betsy

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