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Smarick, Andy – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
America has a long history of small-school environments, such as one-room schoolhouses and homeschools. But in recent years, other models have developed, giving students more intimate settings for learning and enabling their families to play a larger role in their schooling. Microschools are a leading example of this growing sector that also…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Educational Policy, State Policy, Home Schooling
Domanico, Ray – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
Between 1994 and 2014, New York City engaged in a historic overhaul of its publicly funded high schools. This included the opening of charter high schools (made possible by a 1999 state law) and the creation of new, smaller district high schools that would, in time, replace many of the city's large, traditional, comprehensive, and vocational high…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Change, Urban Schools, High Schools
Jacoby, Tamar – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs, thousands of New Yorkers are searching for jobs, and employers across the state are struggling to fill empty positions. New York's publicly funded city and state community colleges are uniquely positioned to help bridge this gap, providing more job-focused education for mid-career adults and traditional college-age…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Community Colleges, Job Training
Domanico, Ray – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
New York City has the largest public school district in the U.S., but the city's diverse educational landscape also includes charter, private, and religious schools, all of which have undergone a major transformation in the two years since the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two school years, overall school enrollment in the city was down by…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, COVID-19
VerBruggen, Robert – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the legality of racial preferences, in part thanks to a lawsuit against Harvard College alleging that the school discriminates against Asian-Americans. Proving discrimination at a specific school is an arduous task, requiring access to private, detailed admissions records--as the legal documents in that…
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Court Litigation, Racial Discrimination, Enrollment Trends
Porter-Magee, Kathleen; Smith, Annie; Klausmeier, Matt – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
The 2022 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) data provide a window into how the landscape of American education has shifted over the past two years in response to COVID-19-related school disruption. Between 2020 and 2022--a period marred not only by the health and safety worries that COVID brought but also by the heated debates about…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Enrollment Trends, COVID-19, Pandemics
Domanico, Ray – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
Tamim is an organization designed as a school network, much like those found in the charter school sector, among innovative public schools, and in smaller numbers in other corners of the private school sector. Tamim is built on the notion of expanding existing prekindergarten programs associated with local Chabad Jewish centers into full…
Descriptors: School Choice, Jews, Judaism, Public Schools
VerBruggen, Robert – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2022
When students are admitted through admissions preferences--especially when the preferences are large and the students pursue demanding fields of study--do they benefit from going to a more selective school? Or, instead, do they suffer from being "mismatched" with their peers--falling behind, becoming frustrated, receiving low grades, and…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Colleges, Minority Group Students, Racial Factors
McShane, Michael – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
Microschools, small schools that educate five to 15 students, have been among the most interesting recent developments in the K-12 reform world. Neither homeschooling nor traditional schooling, they exist in a hard-to-classify space between formal and informal learning environments. One of the most prominent microschooling networks, Prenda, was…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Educational Policy
Pickford, Jocelyn; Robb, Duncan – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
In this first installment of the series on state-level policy and microschooling, the authors explain Idaho's recent legislative debate over two competing approaches to supporting the creation of small learning communities, known as microschools. Idaho's strong homeschooling community and its low-enrollment rural districts create political…
Descriptors: Small Schools, State Policy, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation
Squire, Juliet – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
In this report, the author explains the small-schools environment in New York City. Prior to the pandemic, the Big Apple had a small but growing microschool and learning pod community. New York City's frequent school closures throughout 2020 and 2021 caused many families to look more closely at these education options. New York State's stifling…
Descriptors: Small Schools, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
Rufo, Christopher F.; Copland, James R.; Ketcham, John – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
The purpose of this policy document is to ensure public transparency in schools' instructional, training, and learning materials; and to give parents and students reasonable access to review such materials.
Descriptors: Accountability, Instructional Materials, Training, Curriculum
Copland, James – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
"Critical Race Theory" (CRT) is the term commonly applied in public debates to controversial racially charged curricula and initiatives in the public schools, as well as various parallel trainings and programs commonly being adopted in school and other settings. Initially, CRT was confined to the niche circles of legal academia from…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Public Schools, Educational History
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
This guide is meant to give parents who are concerned about critical pedagogy a starting place to begin to respond to it in their children's school. This toolkit presents a glossary of critical pedagogy terms to give parents the tools to understand what, exactly, school administrators mean by "antiracism" or "implicit bias."…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Parents, Parent Role, Educational Philosophy
Garnett, Nicole Stelle – Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 2021
Parental-choice debates typically focus on whether private schools should receive public funds "at all." This paper focuses on a question that inevitably follows when schools do receive them--the question of accountability. That is, what regulatory conditions ought to attend private schools' receipt of public funds? This is an enormously…
Descriptors: Accountability, School Choice, Institutional Autonomy, Private Schools
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