Tired debates about school choice have plagued Australian education policy for decades. But around the world, there is growing momentum and compelling evidence that school choice reform can deliver promising results. Macke Raymond – Chair of Hoover Education Success Initiative and Director of Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes – has documented recent success of charter schools across the United States. And, importantly, her latest research shows many have been so successful that they have fully closed the learning gaps faced by disadvantaged students.
What can Australian policymakers learn about the success of US charter schools? What are the sources of this success? Has the time come for an Australian charter school movement? Is school choice the key to educational equity? How can misconceptions about school choice be overcome?