Vouchers and charter schools are two of the most prominent and far-reaching forms of family-choice policies currently in evidence in the nation's schools. An updated version of the report Rhetoric Versus Reality takes a detailed look at what is known about the effects of school choice.
This research brief summarizes achievement effects in privately managed schools relative to schools with district-led interventions since state takeover of the Philadelphia Public School District in 2002.
A 2001 reform law to improve California's oversight of the financial affairs of nonclassroom-based charter schools has reduced schools' possible misuse of funds and has greatly increased spending on both instruction and staff members who hold education certificates.
Research that examined the degree to which New American Schools' (NAS) Phase III schools were able to implement the designs, the factors that influenced design implementation, and prospects for future expansion efforts.
The report makes a case for contracting—a new approach to school governance that builds on the charter school movement but would extend the autonomy of charter schools (about 140 nationwide) to all schools.