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Alternative Education Models and Funding Mechanisms

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The 74, 1/30/18

In America’s smallest state, a proposal for a colossal surge in public dollars for private schools

The Scholarship Alliance could not say how many Rhode Island students are on the waiting list for the scholarship, but it said the demand is large. Only 15 of the 130 businesses that applied to donate in 2017 were accepted before the $1.5 million cap was reached. An increase to $5 million could potentially expand the program to serve over 1,000 students, Lancia said.

The 74, 1/2/18

12 important education storylines we’ll all be reading about in 2018

This is a quick primer of 12 groundbreaking education storylines we’ll be following in the new year, including: teachers unions, high school graduation rates, higher education debates, personalized learning, New Orlean’s next chapter, NYC’s turnaround plans, Illinois’ pension crisis and more.

Forbes, 1/8/18

3 biggest education innovation questions for 2018

In this spirit, here are three big, important questions for 2018, the answers to which have implications not only for the coming year, but for the next decade and beyond.

  • Is education technology poised for a new wave of innovation?
  • An increased focus on social-emotional learning opened an innovation window over the last few years. Has it closed already?
  • Will our renewed focus on career and technical education stimulate smart investments in ways to better prepare all young people for the future of work?
Education Week, 1/5/18

Commentary: Make public education a market economy

Charter schools introduce market forces so that the revenue follows the child, and students can attend the school of their choice no matter where they live. This way, if schools fail to provide what students need and parents want, the school loses students and revenue. And gradually, as parents increasingly choose charter schools, the idea of competition in the production of education will gain a foothold in the public square and allow the political transition to purely private schools.

Washington Post, 12/7/17

Public dollars for private school tuition?

Washington D.C.: Five other states have education savings account programs but all are restricted to certain groups of students, such as students with disabilities, or the children of military families. If the Cruz-Meadows measure becomes law, the District’s program would be the first to allow any K-12 student to enroll in private school with public money. (Nevada introduced an education savings account program in 2015 that would have been open to any child, but it was struck down by the courts.)

Brown Center Chalkboard, 11/30/17

States be aware: Cost savings for dual enrollment elude state ledgers

If high schoolers can get a jump on college credits, state lawmakers figure the state will save big later when those same kids get to college and need fewer classes to gain a degree. But here’s the problem: Our recent cost analysis in three states reveals that dual enrollment yielded no state savings at all, though they did lower students’ direct costs for earning the same credit.

Ed Week Marketbrief, 4/21/17

K-12 schools could save billions by sharing ed-tech prices, report says

U.S. schools could save at least $3 billion a year on educational technology by sharing information about how much they pay for hardware and software, according to estimates in a new study by the nonprofit Technology for Education Consortium. Discrepancies between the highest and lowest prices districts pay for the same hardware and software product can range between 20 percent and 40 percent, the researchers found.