Are schools like shoes?

December 21, 2016 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

No one could find decent shoes in communist Russia. You’d get a pair with no choice regarding quality, type, or shoe size. No thought for your situation; no need to please the customer. You got what they gave you. Our public school system faces the same basic problem. Quality and fit too often suffer because we’ve forgotten … ...


Another vote for school choice

April 28, 2015 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

Imagine that your state creates a government-run grocery store chain because food is essential to survival. You don’t pay for your groceries, but your taxes skyrocket. The stores don’t need to compete for profit, so they don’t bother to win you over. Thus, the stench of slimy produce embraces you as you enter, and the milk ...


Finger on the pulse : school choice in Alabama

June 21, 2013 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In February, the Alabama legislature enacted the Alabama Accountability Act—a school choice measure aimed at giving tax credits to families who, because of their school district, must send their children to “failing schools,” but who wish to enroll in a non-failing private or public school.  Twenty four states have passed school ch ...