K-12 education

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Our Unique Approach Gains National Attention

Discovery Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education has gained increasing national attention with our unique two-prong approach. We work to transform public education while also empowering parents with the freedom to select the K-12 educational avenue for their children. Read More ›
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Texas Lawmakers Finally Get Serious About School Choice for Families

Texas State Rep. Cody Harris, a Republican from rural Palestine, Texas, was one of several Republicans who initially opposed school choice. Yet, once he began serving on the House Public Education Committee earlier this year, his position changed. Read More ›
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School Choice Hypocrisy: Good for My Children, but Not Yours

There are five major categories of people working to block school choice for others despite taking advantage of it themselves. The most hypocritical — those who send their own children to private schools as their wealth allows but don’t want others to have that opportunity. Read More ›
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How Texas Is Becoming the Frontlines for Parents-First School Choice

For far too long, K-12 public schools have been viewed as the only experts when it comes to educating children. Parents’ fundamental responsibility to serve as the primary educators of their children has been outsourced to these government institutes, where the vast majority of children remain trapped. Read More ›
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Abbott Says He’s Keeping Texas Lawmakers in Session Until They Expand School Choice

Historically, Texas has painfully lagged in school choice programs, resembling more of a blue state than its Republican trifecta. But Governor Abbott is committed to changing that. Read More ›
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School Choice Is Better for Democracy Than Government Schooling

As state after state embraces policies that empower parents with more options in K-12 education, opponents of school choice are claiming that it is a “threat to democracy.” But if anything, school choice is better for democracy than government-run schooling. Read More ›
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College-Simulated Learning for K-12

Recent polling suggests that nearly half of parents would prefer a hybrid approach for their child’s education, combining on-campus and at-home learning days each week. A promising model of hybrid education exists by the name of college-simulated learning. Read More ›
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Educational Freedom

As of two years ago, statewide school choice wasn't a reality. Today, 10 states have signed universal or near-universal school choice into law. Read More ›
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Indian father teaching or helping the son for reading from book at home - concept of Parental Guidance, home education and Tutoring Sessions.
Indian father teaching or helping the son for reading from book at home - concept of Parental Guidance, home education and Tutoring Sessions.

If Your Kid Can’t Read This, Thank a Teachers Union

The 2022-2023 school year, close to 10 percent of nation’s K-12 students did not attend classes on the average day, The New York Times‘ David Leonhardt reported in his newsletter. A quarter of students are chronically absent. “That’s a vastly higher share than before COVID.” Read More ›