School Choice

The Revolution in School Choice and Student-Based Funding

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"School Choice Week is one of the rare occasions where we have an event at Reason that is mostly good news," explains Reason Magazine Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward. "We tend to hold events that are like, 'The economy is a disaster, the political process is a disaster, our president is a disaster, all our alternatives to the president are a disaster.' So it's really nice to have this event, where everyone puts on their cute yellow scarves and [says] 'school choice is winning!'"

On Thursday, January 23, as part of National School Choice Week, Mangu-Ward hosted a discussion on the state of school choice in America with Reason's Director of Education Lisa Snell and Education Policy Analyst Katie Furtick, co-authors of The Weighted Student Formula Yearbook, which examines outcomes in school districts across the country that use portable student funding. 

During the presentation the three discussed their optimism about the growth in school choice, what specific actions schools districts are taking to expand options for parents and students, and how technology is reshaping the traditional classroom. 

About 23 minutes.

Produced by Meredith Bragg. Cameras by Todd Krainin and Bragg.