Decentralization Through Centralization: The Story Of The Recovery School District Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Individuals who support free markets and limited government often are the most strident advocates for school choice. Many of these same individuals applaud the development of the emerging school choice market in New Orleans. The irony of this is that Louisiana has expanded choice and created the first all-charter school district in the country through the use of greater centralized control.

This strategy of promoting decentralization through centralization is spreading. Thus far, Louisiana’s turnaround has inspired Tennessee, Michigan, and Virginia to adopt similar models.

This paper explains how the Pelican State came to be a bastion for school choice and a model for other states. Specifically, it details how Louisiana has been able to develop a robust school choice system through the state’s Recovery School District (RSD). It is clear from this review that New Orleans would not be the school choice model that it is without the vast authority that has been placed in the hands of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Read the full case study: Decentralization Through Centralization: The Story Of The Recovery School District.


Teacher Pension Enhancement In Missouri: 1975 To The Present Print E-mail
By Robert Costrell   
Monday, July 21, 2014

 This case study examines the history of benefit enhancements in Missouri’s main teacher pension plan from 1975 to the present.

Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit Program: A Winning Educational Partnership Print E-mail
By Andrew LeFevre   
Monday, April 14, 2014

Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program creates partnerships between parents, businesses, and scholarship organizations. These partnerships allow funding to follow students, giving children and their families choices of schools that best fit their needs.

Giving Arizona Children Better Opportunities in Education Print E-mail
By Jonathan Butcher   
Sunday, March 02, 2014

For 16 years, school tuition awards awards have given thousands of Arizona students more choices. This case study highlights research demonstrating that the scholarships give families across the state, including low-income families, access to private schools.

Live Free and Learn: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program Print E-mail
By Jason Bedrick   
Thursday, February 27, 2014

In order to facilitate a better understanding of how STC programs work in practice, this paper summarizes the available research on STC programs in general and presents a case study on New Hampshire’s STC program in particular.

Virtual Blended With Traditional Learning Can Cut Costs And Help Students Print E-mail
By Audrey Spalding   
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

During the 2012 legislative session, Missouri lawmakers failed to pass public school funding reform and failed to do much to address the increasing number of students trapped in failing districts. Education funding continues to consume a large share of the state budget, and public school districts receive billions in local property tax revenues. Meanwhile, student academic achievement in Missouri remains low when compared to other states.

As innovation continues to change the way we work and communicate, forms of virtual education are beginning to take hold in Missouri and elsewhere. Virtual education has been shown to reduce the costs of educating public school children, increase course diversity, and help students graduate.

Virtual Learning: Beyond Brick and Mortar Print E-mail
By Caitlin Hartsell   
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In recent years, federal, state, and local governments have spent increasing amounts of taxpayer money on Missouri’s public schools. Analysis of Missouri spending and test data, however, finds no relationship between increases in per-pupil expenditures and increases in student achievement. While many well-intentioned reform efforts have been unsuccessful — such as decreased class size and adopting a uniform set of curriculum standards — a few reforms have been effective.



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