School Choice Fosters Students’ “Profound Gratitude,” Author Says

By Kathryn Hickok Students everywhere are back in school, including grade school children from low-income families who are attending Oregon private schools thanks to the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland. New York Post columnist Naomi Schaefer Riley recently interviewed a diverse group of students … Continue reading

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The Votes Are In: Small Scholarships Have a Big Impact

By Kathryn Hickok The Children’s Scholarship Fund is a nationally recognized, privately funded scholarship program which has helped more than 139,000 low-income children attend tuition-based elementary schools nationwide since 1998. The program recently surveyed scholarship families in New York about their experiences. The results … Continue reading

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Portland Public Schools’ New Ombudsman Should Be Independent

By Joel Grey In response to parent complaints, Portland Public Schools will create a new ombudsman position. An ombudsman is a person within an organization who provides accountability and investigates complaints. It’s a good thing for public schools to have an … Continue reading

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“Pay-It-Forward” Is a Step Back

By Joel Grey The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission is considering a proposal called “Pay-It-Forward.” This pilot program would give free tuition at a state university to one thousand high school graduates each year, beginning in 2016. In exchange for free tuition, students would cede 3-5% of their … Continue reading

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Are Small Birds More Important than Small Kids?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an endowment known as the Common … Continue reading

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New Education Study Shows: We’re Paying More for Less

Advocates on all sides of the public education spending-versus-results debate cite various statistics to make their respective cases. Some argue that more money leads to better results. Others claim that spending more dollars per student―at least in the ways our … Continue reading

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Too Little of a Good Thing

By William Newell The recent Portland School Board decision to expand enrollment at Benson Polytechnic High School exemplifies an odd mindset within the public education system. The board’s decision allows Benson to increase its enrollment from 821 to 850 students, due to … Continue reading

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