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Former Anti-Voucher Advocate Now Advocates For Vouchers and School Choice
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Former Anti-Voucher Advocate Now Advocates For Vouchers and School Choice

There is a lot of misinformation about school choice, and sometimes even wise and well intentioned people are misled.  As school choice success stories begin to go mainstream though, more people are championing the ideas of empowering students and parents. Just ask Ann Duplessis, former anti-voucher advocate who is now at the forefront of a group fighting for vouchers. 

11/26/2013
Friedman Foundation Study Focuses on How Parents Choose the Right Schools for their Children
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Friedman Foundation Study Focuses on How Parents Choose the Right Schools for their Children

There are a lot of reasons that parents choose the schools that they do for their children. For some parents, it is a clear decision, for some, it is a decision which is agonized over. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice recently released a study on the factors that go into these decisions, and the answers might surprise you. 

11/18/2013
Why Online Education is Growing
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Why Online Education is Growing

Technology is changing the way Americans live their daily lives, and when it comes to education, it's opening up new and exciting opportunities for students, and at a rapid pace. A recent Gallup Poll has found that online education is rated best for value and options. Although sometimes viewed as education's red headed stepchild, the truth is that online education provides access and options at all levels of education. 

10/15/2013
In DC and New York, Politicians Try to Score Cheap Points at the Expense of Charter Schools
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In DC and New York, Politicians Try to Score Cheap Points at the Expense of Charter Schools

Charter schools are being hit once again this week, and people are fighting back. Earlier this week, as many as 17,000 thousands advocates for charter schools gathered in New York City, after a successful such gathering last year drew thousands more public school parents.

10/10/2013
Department of Education is 94 Percent Non-Essential Employees
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Department of Education is 94 Percent Non-Essential Employees

The federal government is now into its second day of being shut down, which means different things for different people. For the average American, not much is going to change. However, there is one governmental department which touches many (too many, some would argue) lives: The Department of Education. The question is will a government shutdown really make a difference to the majority of American families who have school age children? 

10/02/2013
The Common Core Fight is On in Tennessee
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The Common Core Fight is On in Tennessee

Common Core is awfully unpopular for something that’s supposed to be so great. State after state is trying to keep academic freedom alive, and Tennessee is joining that list. Hearings have been held in the Volunteer State, and the fight is on. 

09/26/2013
Governor Rick Scott Withdraws Florida from Common Core Test
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Governor Rick Scott Withdraws Florida from Common Core Test

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott fought for children in his state and for the 10th Amendment in one fell swoop. He did this by removing Florida from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARC), the consortium creating Common Core tests, of which Florida was the fiscal agent.  Scott’s executive order began:

09/23/2013
Common Core Testing Battle in California
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Common Core Testing Battle in California

In Los Angeles, there’s an unusual fight over Common Core. This fight is about testing before implementation. Although it is set to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year, a proposed bill (AB 484) was supposed to have their standardized testing align with those standards this year.

09/16/2013
Profiles in Education: Peyton and Eric, a Homeschool Family of Six
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Profiles in Education: Peyton and Eric, a Homeschool Family of Six

Peyton and Eric never thought they would be homeschool parents. Having both been educated in traditional public schools, Peyton had some common misconceptions about homeschooling. In fact, she says she never entertained the idea of homeschooling because "I didn't want my kids to be dumb.”

09/13/2013
Textbooks and Naughty Books in Common Core
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Textbooks and Naughty Books in Common Core

Parents should be cautious about that to which their kids are exposed, especially in an environment where parental supervision isn't present. At home, television channels can be blocked, web content can be monitored, and most parents are hopefully keeping track of what their kids are reading. However, a lot of parents don’t apply this scrutiny to textbooks being used in the local schools. When one considers what is happening with textbook standards under Common Core, it’s time for that to change.

09/12/2013

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