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The Future of School Choice

Senator Lamar Alexander Addresses School Choice upon the Release of the 2014 Education Choice and Competition Index 

School districts across America are transitioning from the traditional model of assigning students to a school based on their residential address to a system that allows families a choice of schools. Depending on the district, families can choose public charter schools, affordable private schools, magnet schools, virtual schools, and regular public schools in which enrollment is based on parental preference rather than zip code.  Districts differ in which of these options is available, the ease with which parents can exercise the choices available to them, and the degree to which the choice system results in greater access to quality schools.

In order to shine light on those distinctions, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings releases an annual Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) that chronicles how school choice is progressing in the nation’s largest school districts. The fourth iteration of the ECCI will be released on February 4, 2015 at an event featuring a keynote address from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn).

As Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee, Senator Alexander is arguably the most influential person in the country in shaping the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  His recently released discussion draft of an ESEA bill includes provisions to support charter schools, magnet schools, and school transfer for students in the lowest performing public schools.  At Brookings, he will discuss his vision for the distinctive roles of the federal government vs. states and local communities in American education and school choice.

After his keynote remarks, Senator Alexander will further discuss his perspective with Brown Center Director Grover “Russ” Whitehurst and answer questions from the audience.

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A Bird’s Eye View of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for Education

Homeroom: U.S. Department of Education’s official blog, February 16 Our nation has made incredible strides in education over the past few years. The national graduation rate is at an all-time high and a million more black and Hispanic students are now in college. That’s progress we can all be proud of. But we still have critical […]

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GOP K-12 Leader Gets Earful on Policy

U.S. Rep. John Kline, head of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, meets with school board leaders and superintendents at a round-table session in his Minnesota district. The congressman often tests local sentiment on how federal policies are playing outside Washington. —Jenn Ackerman for Education Week Alyson Klein, Education Week, March 5, 2013 - School superintendents, […]

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Why Is Congress Redlining Our Schools?

Why Is Congress Redlining Our Schools? Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:00 AM Linda Darling-Hammond, The Nation This article appeared in the January 30, 2012 edition of The Nation. Today a new form of redlining is emerging. If passed, the long-awaited Senate bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) would build a bigger […]

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