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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