Ideas & Innovations

This is our hub for ideas and innovations with the potential to transform education.

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Don’t double down on one-size-fits-all measurement

A surefire way to get heads nodding at an education policy conference is to call for dismantling the Carnegie unit. The question, and a legitimate fear, is whether efforts to replace this flawed measure will lead to something worse. The Carnegie unit was conceived a century ago by some of... READ MORE
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A trade in other people’s children
An episode of Paul MM Cooper’s outstanding documentary podcast series “The Fall of Civilizations” recounts the history of Carthage, which includes details of wars fought between the Carthaginians and Syracuse...
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The transition to the third era of US public education has begun
U.S. public education has had three primary eras. The first era reflected the needs of a sparsely populated rural agrarian society. Most children were homeschooled and literacy focused primarily on...
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Blazing Stars, blazing trails
DADE CITY, Fla. – LaTania Scott and Kameeka Shirley were former public school teachers who wanted something different when they opened their own school in January 2023.   Something … authentically...
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Another Happy New Year for education freedom
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2023, it is worth noting what an extraordinary year it was for parental choice advocates. As recently as 2022, no states had statewide...
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A look back: How massive strides in education choice made history and set trends in 2023
If 2023 could be summed up in a single word, it would be transformation.  Florida lawmakers passed House Bill 1, which expanded education choice eligibility to all students in the...
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States and cities: the next battlegrounds for education freedom
Last year, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Carson v. Makin said excluding schools from choice programs solely because they teach religion violates the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The...
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New Hampshire judge rejects teachers union challenge to Education Freedom Accounts Program
The story: As legal challenges to the wave of newly adopted education choice laws wind through the courts, a judge just handed New Hampshire a big win.  On Tuesday, the...
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Brewer owner’s lawsuit looks to capitalize on Badger State’s new court and attack school choice options
The story: After two court victories in the 1990s, Wisconsin, the national birthplace of modern-era school choice, now faces a court challenge that, if successful, could send more than 60,000...
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Chimpanzees and sewing lessons: Flexible scholarship fuels Florida student’s unconventional education
Kate Streets wants to be Jane Goodall when she grows up.  “I have always wanted to work with animals that you can actually touch and play with and have a...
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What’s going on with homeschooling numbers?
For the past several years, the story of American homeschooling has been a narrative sorely lacking reliable numbers. Last week, The Washington Post filled the void with the first carefully...
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