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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
2012 GOP Platform Incorporates 2012 “Freedom Platform”
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2012 GOP Platform Incorporates 2012 “Freedom Platform”

FreedomWorks is proud to report that the 2012 GOP Platform, as approved at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, incorporates almost all key elements of the FreedomWorks “Freedom Platform”. Most notably, the 2012 GOP Platform calls for both an Audit of the Federal Reserve and the full repeal of Obamacare, two of the cornerstones of the Freedom Platform.  Striking similarities between the two platforms are an encouraging reminder of the ground that the freedom movement is gaining within the establishment Republican Party.  

09/19/2012
Adelanto Elementary School District Defies Parent Trigger Ruling
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Adelanto Elementary School District Defies Parent Trigger Ruling

Parent trigger laws are under attack in California. High Desert Elementary School, a member of Adelanto Elementary School District, is the first school in which parents have successfully executed the Parent Trigger Law. State testing scores show that 75% of students cannot read or write, causing The Desert Trails Parent Union to look for major changes for the better education of their children.

09/13/2012
Chicago Organizers and the Reelection Machine
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Chicago Organizers and the Reelection Machine

Chicago Teachers Union got the strike desired by a core group of activists, but the strike is not about the issues on the table. The strike is about who is in charge: union bosses, or the taxpayers.

09/12/2012
Chicago Teachers Want More Than There Is
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Chicago Teachers Want More Than There Is

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Sunday night, citing such issues as compensation, health benefits, and job security. Chicago is out of money, the State of Illinois is even more out of money, and in tough economic times, no one has job security.

09/10/2012
We All Belong to the Government
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We All Belong to the Government

The 2012 election is setting in stark contrast the message of the two major parties. Instead of the usual choice between the lesser of two evils or the less clearly evil of two barely distinguishable choices, the two candidates will stand firmly on the ideology of their respective parties. The leftist rhetoric and agenda of the Democrats is opening up the wide, patriotic center for the Republicans to fill. 

09/05/2012
Charter Schools Take Off in Michigan
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Charter Schools Take Off in Michigan

As Michigan kids head back to school, things are looking a little different. The cap on charters has been lifted, so there are thirty-one new school choices for families in the state this year.

09/05/2012
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
More Promise for School Choice Expansion in Florida
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More Promise for School Choice Expansion in Florida

Things are looking good for a possible expansion of school choice in Florida. In House and Senate primary races, more than twenty candidates who support school choice won their nominations. These candidates, from across the political spectrum, will be giving Florida parents greater options in educating their children.

08/21/2012
FreedomWorks Joins a South Carolina School Choice Forum
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FreedomWorks Joins a South Carolina School Choice Forum

Low Country 9-12 hosted a great forum on School Choice in Summerville, South Carolina this past Wednesday, with over 60 activists showing up to the event.Speakers at the forum included: Dr. David Longshore, a South Carolina School Board member; Ray Moore, from Exodus Mandate; Joe Kress, from the Dorchester County Taxpayers; and our very own Julie Borowski, a Policy Analyst here at FreedomWorks.

08/09/2012

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