National School Choice Week: Education experts on federal role in reform, charter schools, and school choice

As the national conversation over education resurfaces during National School Choice Week, the education team at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has released a number of products that hit on the key points of the current education debate:

In a just-published Education Outlook, AEI director of education policy studies Rick Hess (author of the forthcoming “Cage-Busting Leadership”) and research fellow Andrew Kelly examine What the federal government can (and cannot) do to improve K-12 schooling:

“While the federal government can force states and districts to do things, the strictures of federalism, the limits of federal institutions, and the messiness of the lawmaking process greatly restrict federal policymakers’ ability to ensure that these things are done well.”

In the policy brief Charter Schools as nation builders: Democracy Prep and civic education, research fellow Andrew Kelly and Daniel Lautzenheiser provide an in-depth case study on a top-performing charter school that has incorporated civic learning in their school curriculum and school culture:

“What makes Democracy Prep schools unique is that they prioritize closing the civic gap with the same force as closing the traditional student achievement gaps in reading and math.”

In a just-published op-ed, research fellow Michael McShane reflects on his experience as a teacher and why school choice is “a means for transforming the American education system”:

“Choice is no panacea to the ills of public education. Granting every child in America a voucher or a tuition tax credit scholarship tomorrow would not immediately solve all of the problems of the American public education system. What choice does is establish the conditions under which change can happen.”

AEI education experts are available to discuss the pressing issues in education and policy recommendations to  improve our schools based on their scholarship and personal experiences in the field– please contact a media services representative listed below.

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