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Raising the Bar on Teacher Accreditation
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Raising the Bar on Teacher Accreditation

No one needs to be reminded that we have an education system in crisis. While there are many reasons for the education dilemna at hand, one widely held belief is that our teachers are not prepared for the changing educational climate.

12/06/2012
Revamping Higher Education: The $10,000 College Degree
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Revamping Higher Education: The $10,000 College Degree

Student loan debt has risen to approximately $1 trillion, surpassing America's credit card debt. In the midst of prolonged economic downturn, the cost of higher education continues to creep upwards. In an effort to mitigate the looming damage of a deflated higher education bubble, Texas Governor, Rick Perry, asked Texas colleges to come up with a way to provide a $10,000 college degree.  It's been a year since Governor Perry issued the charge and several colleges have risen to the challenge.

11/30/2012
Georgia - Ballot Initiative 1 and School Choice
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Georgia - Ballot Initiative 1 and School Choice

There are a lot of mixed messages surrounding the charter school amendment Georgians will see when they go to the voting booth on November 6th.  Supporters of the proposal say it will ensure that parents have more of a choice in their child’s education. 

11/05/2012
School Choice: Tax Credits and Magnet Schools
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School Choice: Tax Credits and Magnet Schools

We hear the term “school choice” quite a lot and, with Hollywood shining a spotlight on the issue with new film Won't Back Down, we are bound to hear even more in the coming weeks. However, "school choice" is a blanket term that can mean a variety of different things. In my last piece, we looked at charter schools, open enrollment, and school vouchers and how they are helping children succeed.

09/27/2012
School Choice Works- In Many Different Forms
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School Choice Works- In Many Different Forms

There has been a lot in the news lately about school choice, but those words, "school choice" can mean many different things. Let’s take a look at some of the different forms school choice can take, and how they have worked for American children.

09/27/2012
Progress for Educational Reform in Maine
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Progress for Educational Reform in Maine

In the last legislative session, Maine Governor Paul LePage pushed education reform changes to help kids in his state. His agenda included tougher teacher and principal evaluations, and the switch to a proficiency-based high school diploma. The legislature did not, however, pass school choice legislation. Yesterday, a school choice work group in Maine met for the first time to determine if and how school choice will be implemented in Maine. 

09/20/2012
Bush and Rhee Show Bipartisan Support for Parent Trigger Laws
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Bush and Rhee Show Bipartisan Support for Parent Trigger Laws

Next month, the film Won’t Back Down will hit theaters around America. It is the story of a mother who will not accept that her child will be subjected to an unsatisfactory education simply because she comes from a financially disadvantaged background. It is a look at school reform in America, and will put Parent Trigger Laws front and center ahead of the upcoming election season.

08/31/2012
Pennsylvania Passes School Choice Legislation
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Pennsylvania Passes School Choice Legislation

After being on the ground and fighting for education reform for nearly 2 years, our FreedomWorks field team in Pennsylvania received some great news on School Choice as of late Saturday evening, June 30th, when HB761 passed both chambers right before the midnight budget deadline.  Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law that same night along with an on-time budget.  A school choice voucher program was one of the Governor's top priorities during his campaign in 2010 and we are thrilled to see movement in the right direction. 

07/09/2012
One Myth at a Time..."Those Kids Can't Learn."
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One Myth at a Time..."Those Kids Can't Learn."

On Wednesday, I was a guest on a local radio show broadcasting out of Harrisburg.  During the 45 minute interview, I was to discuss school choice and why FreedomWorks is supporting vouchers.  Unlike many of the interviews I have done in the past, this one was downright hostile.  Not suspecting the amount of misinformation being spread about vouchers, I was caught off guard by a caller who took time to lash out about FreedomWorks stance on the issue. 

06/15/2012
School Choice Rally in Philadelphia
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School Choice Rally in Philadelphia

FreedomWorks helped organize a School Choice Rally/Press Conference in front of City Hall in Philadelphia yesterday together with several other organizations.  It was so heartwarming to see 700 inner city kids come out to chant for more opportunity and a better future.  Every child is entitled to a good education which is essential to leading a happy, productive and rewarding life.

05/31/2012

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