After twenty years of expanding school-choice options, state leaders, educators, and families have a new tool: course choice, a strategy for students to learn from unconventional providers that might range from top-tier universities or innovative community colleges to local employers, labs, or hospitals.

In Expanding the Education Universe: A Fifty-State Strategy for Course Choice, Fordham’s Michael Brickman outlines policy questions and options to weigh when designing course-choice programs, including issues of student eligibility, course providers, funding, quality control, and accountability.

Spotlight: Course Choice in Louisiana

Louisiana is not the only state with a course-choice program (others include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin), but it is the farthest along in making such options widely accessible—and the way it has handled any challenges posed by these programs make it an ideal exemplar. Read about barriers that State Superintendent John White and other leaders have had to overcome in designing and implementing course choice. 


If you have questions about the book, please email Dara Zeehandelaar.


Michael Brickman is the national policy director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where he serves as a commentator on education reform and other related topics. He is a frequent contributor to Fordham’s various publications, as well as to prominent radio, television, and print outlets. Michael served in communications roles on state and national political campaigns before being tapped by Gov. Scott Walker…

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