This month, Charity Navigator published a new hot topic which I wrote, School Choice: A Market Approach to Education Reform. In it, I summarize the issues and list highly rated charities working to advance choice in education.
School choice is certainly not a new issue in education reform. Supporters of school choice celebrated the 25th anniversary of the report A Nation at Risk, a landmark in the cause of school reform. The history of school choice as a reform movement, however, dates back much further. Here are some other influential events along the way.
1776 – Adam Smith suggests that educational choice and private funding of teachers would promote competition and lead to greater success. This was the root of the voucher idea
1970 – The Office of Economic Opportunity launches the first modern voucher program in
1980 – Early Charter Schools appear in
1983 – Mueller v. Allen upholds a tuition tax credit for
– A Nation at Risk is published, reporting findings of poor academic performance
1988 – Minnesota’s statewide choice system is the first to extend open enrollment between districts
1990 – Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is the first voucher legislation allowing students to attend private schools using tax money
2003 – Percentage of students (grades 1-12) attending a school other than their local public school reaches 15%
2005 – 40 states and the District of Columbia now allow charter schools, and there are 3,294 such schools operating nation-wide