What Gets Kids “Ready for College and Life?”

CascadeNewLogoBy 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 school.

Private scholarship programs like the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland help elementary children from lower-income families choose the school that is right for them. CSF-Portland has helped nearly 700 Oregon kids get a “hand up” in private, parochial, and home school educational settings.

Studies of similar scholarship programs around the country show the difference educational opportunity makes in children’s lives, including raising their chances of high school graduation. By choosing the right school for their child and paying part of the tuition themselves, parents are empowered to hold schools accountable. When parents actively invest in their children’s education, students are highly motivated to succeed.

A young man who attended private schools in Portland thanks to the Children’s Scholarship Fund wrote at graduation, “I have learned that nothing’s going to be handed to you and that you’ll succeed through hard work….[Private school] was challenging, but it has gotten me ready for college and life.”

A quality elementary education is a simple step that puts kids with limited choices on a path to success that can change the rest of their lives. To see how you can help a child reach his or her potential through this program, visit cascadepolicy.org.

Kathryn Hickok is Publications Director and Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland program at Cascade Policy Institute. CSF-Portland is a partner program of the New York-based Children’s Scholarship Fund.

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  • Bob Clark

    Having the wherewithal to choose among educational venues enriches us all. Only such approach allows a healthy degree of individual experimentation discovering what actually works and what doesn’t work. This how efficiencies are driven, rather than the current over dependence on a one size fits all legacy bricks and mortar public school monopoly.

    • guest

      Write on, Bob, especially whence seeing the organized OEA and their ‘patent’ supplicants directing counter fire against position’s making for commoner sense.

    • Eric Blair

      Except there is not a monopoly Bob… there are a great number of private schools out there.

      • Bob Clark

        Somewhat absurd to suggest many folks in the bricks and mortar public schools, other than charters, are not captive in a rather large measure; given they can’t take their public education dollars with them to other than the bricks and mortar public school ascribed to them (Portland limits transfers even to other of its schools and puts caps on enrollments in popular ones like Benson High School). Then down at the legislature public schools and teacher unions have continually worked to stomp out any further easing in allowing school choice.

        This is why monopoly most aptly describes the situation in Oregon.

        • Eric Blair

          Yet, they can go elsewhere… perhaps if people stepped up and donated so that the those without means could attend private schools then there wouldn’t be a problem. Why do you expect government to solve the problem Bob? Funny how government is supposed to do that when you’re in favor of the result.

          Of course there are caps on schools like Benson. Do you think that private schools don’t have caps?

          There is no state education monopoly. You can believe otherwise, as you probably will, but to my mind you are blinded by your ideology.

          • Nuts, don’t buy EB’s

            What arrogant naiveté comes spewed from Eric Blair’s mouthing deviancy.

          • Eric Blair


          • EB’s Putin up w’zits

            Whap a load of misguiding doff your lotto abalone shell

          • MrBill

            So are you in favor of programs like the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland?

            Would you support a voucher program at the State level?

            Both of these allow those without the means to attend alternatives to public schools (if they would like to).

      • PERS anality Blub

        Blah blah union Sluggo Bettor set upon parents spank apogees.

  • Sal

    No scholarship should ever be offered any student if that scholarship allows that student to be taught by non-certified “teachers”. Only those of us who have been fully vetted by Salem AND who have been fully trained by a reputable college or university should be able to teach. If anyone could do it, why would we have to go to college for 6 or more years, get constant re-training, and have to go through a cumbersome certification and licensing ritual???
    Am I right? Or what?

    • thevillageidiot

      🙂 I love great sarcasm.
      you nailed as to why the homes school is bad. except that in all categories the home schooled do better.

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