Parental Choice Champion Betsy DeVos Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education

By Steve Buckstein Opponents of Betsy DeVos tried everything they could to keep her from becoming U.S. Secretary of Education. In the end, she was approved by the Senate on Tuesday with Vice President Pence breaking a 50-50 tie vote. … Continue reading

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Educational Choice: A “Ticket to the Future” for Every Child

By Kathryn Hickok Derrell Bradford has spent his adult life passionately advocating for education reform through parental choice. Derrell grew up in southwest Baltimore and received a scholarship to a private high school. Better than anyone, he knows the power … Continue reading

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The Oregon Education Solution Whose Time Has Come

By Kathryn Hickok This is National School Choice Week, the world’s largest celebration of parental choice and effective educational options for all children. Students have different talents and needs and learn in different ways. The landscape of options to meet … Continue reading

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Celebrating the “Christopher Columbus” of School Choice, Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein School choice has entered a new world. Because Americans are increasingly vocal about providing parents with the ability to choose their children’s schools, states are adopting broad-based school choice initiatives. Those successes can be attributed to various … Continue reading

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Ten Years After Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. This Sunday would have marked his 104th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex … Continue reading

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Washington, D.C. Charters Called a Laboratory for Innovation in Public Education

By Kathryn Hickok Did you know that almost half of Washington, D.C.’s public school children attend charter schools? In fact, our nation’s capital now has 115 charters, run by 62 nonprofit organizations. President Bill Clinton signed the legislation authorizing D.C.’s … Continue reading

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Extending Oregon’s Public School Open Enrollment Law Empowers Parents

By Kathryn Hickok Last week the Oregon State Senate passed an extension of Oregon’s open enrollment law, Senate Bill 1566. The bill extends for three more years the sunset provision of a 2011 law which allows students to attend public … Continue reading

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Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

By Bobbie Jager  On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for … Continue reading

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How Would You Spend $100 Million?

By Steve Buckstein How would you spend $100 million? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the most successful social network on the planet, you spend it trying to improve one of the most unsuccessful public school districts in America: the … Continue reading

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What Gets Kids “Ready for College and Life?”

By Kathryn Hickok Students across Oregon are back in school. Have you ever thought about how important it is where a child goes to school? After their family, the greatest influence on children as they grow up is usually their … Continue reading

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New Orleans’ Miracle School District

By Kathryn Hickok Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the southeastern United States, displacing more than 372,000 school-aged children. Today, New Orleans’ school population has returned to more than two-thirds its pre-storm level, but a lot has changed for the … Continue reading

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Nevada’s Education Innovation

By Emma Newman According to the U.S. Department of Education, Oregon’s 2013 graduation rate is the worst of all 49 states which reported data. Nevada, which held Oregon’s position at the bottom in 2012, has decided to do something truly … Continue reading

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Tennessee Special Needs Kids Get Choices in Education

By Kathryn Hickok Tennessee just became the 28th state to enact a private school choice program, giving parents more options for their children’s education. Governor Bill Haslam signed the nation’s fourth Education Savings Account law last Monday. Arizona, Florida, and Mississippi … Continue reading

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Low-Income Scholarship Recipients “Highly Successful” in High School and Beyond

By Kathryn Hickok The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice just released an exploratory study examining the graduates of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore. CSF Baltimore is a privately funded scholarship program helping low-income children in the Baltimore area to attend … Continue reading

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A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

By Steve Buckstein Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to … Continue reading

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2015’s Forward-Looking Celebration of School Choice

By Kathryn Hickok January 25-31 is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan way.” Planned by a diverse coalition … Continue reading

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Equal Outcome Is the Wrong Goal

By John A. Charles, Jr. In Governor Kitzhaber’s final inaugural address last week, he focused on the themes of equality and community. Specifically, he wants to reduce the gap between rich and poor. He also believes that only through collective action … Continue reading

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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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Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

By Steve Buckstein Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. … Continue reading

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