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Candal, Cara Stillings – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2023
Despite a strong track record of success and parent demand, charter school growth has slowed considerably in recent years in Massachusetts and nationwide. In the Commonwealth's large urban school districts--especially Boston--this lack of growth is attributable to charter school caps that prevent the state from authorizing new charter school…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Expansion, Urban Areas, Politics of Education
Bedrick, Jason – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
Over the last quarter-century, tax-credit scholarship (TCS) policies have helped hundreds of thousands of American families provide their children with the learning environment that meets their individual needs. Although less well-known than school vouchers, TCS policies are the most-used form of private school choice. Now available in 23 states,…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Scholarships, Private Schools, School Choice
Stillings Candal, Cara – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report summarizes the findings of MA DESE's 2020 review of the Boston Public Schools, highlighting key findings around the teaching and learning, operational, financial, and enrollment challenges the state identified. It also describes why, according to the report, BPS persistently struggles in these areas and how its struggles negatively…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Administration, School Effectiveness, School Districts
Young, Julie; Donovan, Bill – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
After schools closed in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students, families and teachers had to shift learning from in-class to online. But the switch to remote learning was hasty and disorganized in many school districts. Families struggled with the technology and coordinating schedules at home, while teachers tried to shift the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
Young, Julie; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
Digital learning, the use of computers and the internet to study courses taught in the classroom, is viewed by many educators as a breakthrough to helping those at-risk students stay in school and earn their diplomas. The flexibility afforded by digital learning, with students working on their own time at their own pace, is a way for students to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, At Risk Students, Online Courses
Candal, Cara Stillings – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report finds that Massachusetts provides fewer options for students to be educated outside their assigned school districts than most other states do, and educational savings accounts (ESAs) offer an effective tool for giving students additional opportunities. Author Cara Candal proposes two potential ESA programs for Massachusetts.
Descriptors: Money Management, Banking, Educational Vouchers, School Choice
Randall, David – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report, intended primarily for civics reformers considering how best to defend and improve traditional American civics education, surveys a selection of different civics offerings, both the traditional and the radical. Surveyed providers include organizations such as the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, We the People, and Hillsdale…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Educational Change, Partnerships in Education
Ardon, Ken; Hatch, Roger – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
METCO, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, enables over 3,000 mostly African-American and Hispanic students from Boston and Springfield to attend schools in three dozen surrounding communities. The program has been remarkably stable for decades, with enrollment rarely falling below 3,100 or rising above 3,300, and most suburban…
Descriptors: African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Access to Education, School Desegregation
Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This report focuses highlights turnarounds at two Massachusetts schools, Worcester Technical High School and the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, that were once known for high dropout rates and low graduation rates. The report shows that these schools now excel due to new leadership, community investment, and committed…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Vocational High Schools, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
This toolkit that can empower state leaders to transform their vocational-technical schools for the better. It builds on "Hands-On Achievement," a book detailing the Massachusetts model that Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research published earlier in 2022. The toolkit describes three keys to success, provides a brief history of…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational History, Program Content, Access to Education
McDonald, Kerry – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2022
JEM Learning is a new microschool community that provides families with a child-centered alternative to both traditional public and private schools. Microschools like JEM Learning are small, multi-age learning communities with paid educators that are reminiscent of the one-room schoolhouse model. They were gaining traction prior to 2020, but their…
Descriptors: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Education, Educational Innovation
Heuer, William; Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
This paper focuses on the increase in families who have chosen to homeschool their children in grades K-12 since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. This update includes interviews with families who opted to homeschool their children in the conventional approach, rather than continue with the hasty remote learning that educators tried to transfer…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Home Schooling
Donovan, William – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
For many years the co-operative education program at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston has fallen short of supporters' hopes for it. The number of students it placed in paid jobs with local employers was often below that of co-op programs at other career vocational technical education (CVTE) schools and mostly focused on…
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, High School Students, Cooperative Programs, Job Training
Olson, Tom; Kriegel, Nancy; McConnell, Kate – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2021
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides services to students who have disabilities. These IDEA-funded services are afforded to students between the ages of 3 and 21 who attend not only public schools (including charter schools), but also private schools. IDEA contains comprehensive guidelines on 3 processes which, by…
Descriptors: Federal State Relationship, Federal Aid, Special Education, Private Schools
Bedrick, Jason – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2020
For more than two decades, tax-credit scholarship (TCS) policies have helped American families provide their children with the learning environment that meets their individual needs. Now available in 19 states, nearly 300,000 students nationwide use tax-credit scholarships to attend the school of their family's choice. TCS policies create an…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Scholarships, School Choice, Elementary Secondary Education
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