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End the Public School Monopoly: America Needs Competition in Education
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End the Public School Monopoly: America Needs Competition in Education

This week, as we celebrate President’s Day, all across the country school kids are learning the history of great American leaders like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately, while we celebrate our common history, not all American kids have access to the same quality education.

02/20/2002
We Shouldn't Give Up Battle for Choice in American Schools
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We Shouldn't Give Up Battle for Choice in American Schools

As published in The Dallas Morning News, September 11, 2001 Students have returned from their summer break blissfully unaware of the battles being fought on their behalf across the country. The fiercest and most critical of those battles is being fought over the future shape of our public education system. What is the truth about U.S. public education? It isn't a simple story, of course, but it is one where bad news still is the rule rather than the exception.

09/11/2001
Capitol Comment 298: Expanding Children’s Education Opportunities
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Capitol Comment 298: Expanding Children’s Education Opportunities

State and federal policymakers alike are responding to calls from parents, taxpayers, and scholars to improve education by putting an end to the "one-size-fits-all" approach that most states currently use. Different states are taking different approaches to the issue.  

07/27/2001
William J. Bennett on the Low Income School Choice Demonstration Act
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William J. Bennett on the Low Income School Choice Demonstration Act

Empower America Co-Director William J. Bennett, who served as the Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan, today urged the Senate to pass the Low Income School Choice Demonstration Act, introduced by Senator Judd Gregg.

06/12/2001
William J. Bennett on the Low Income School Choice Demonstration Act
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William J. Bennett on the Low Income School Choice Demonstration Act

Empower America Co-Director William J. Bennett, who served as the Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan, today urged the Senate to pass the Low Income School Choice Demonstration Act, introduced by Senator Judd Gregg.

06/12/2001
Voucher plan changes: Is it politics or progress?;
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Voucher plan changes: Is it politics or progress?;

BY MARILYN BROWN

TAMPA - Florida's voucher program remains alive but is facing changes after school grades improve. America's only statewide school voucher program, once either feared or hoped to encompass hundreds of schools, is changing fast. Because Florida's annual report card flunked no schools this year, Gov. Jeb Bush's voucher program remains stalled at 51 students from two Escambia County schools who are using public money to pay private school tuition.

05/31/2001
Congress's Virtual School Reform
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Congress's Virtual School Reform

As published in The New York Times, May 18, 2001 The Senate will soon complete work on President Bush's education bill, just as the House begins to consider amendments to it. Without some fundamental changes, however, this once bold plan is scarcely worth enacting.

05/18/2001
Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby for More School Choice at CSE Day in Salem
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Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby for More School Choice at CSE Day in Salem

Salem, OR - More than 200 Oregon CSE activists traveled from across the state to Salem to lobby their legislators in support of more school choice. In particular, they urged policymakers to support revisions to strengthen the state’s charter school law, as well as to support the Oregon School Accountability Enhancement Act, which would give local school districts the flexibility to opt out of the state’s current “one-size-fits-all” accountability system and choose another nationally recognized test.

04/24/2001
Parents Need to Lead Children Into Education That Works
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Parents Need to Lead Children Into Education That Works

I was in a hotel restaurant recently and asked the waitress if she had children. Yes, she said, she was a divorced mother of three. Then I asked her if she was in control of her children's education. She said she was. "Did you pick the schools they go to?" I asked. "Did you approve the curriculum they're learning?" "Heck, no," she said. "I can't even talk to who's teaching them."

04/23/2001
House Approves Voucher Plan
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House Approves Voucher Plan

BY Charles Savage

The Florida House of Representatives approved a proposal by two Miami lawmakers Thursday that would offer $3,000 vouchers for private school tuition to students attending overcrowded public schools. But two days of sound and fury about whether Republicans or Democrats care more for "the children" leading up to the 63-54 vote, mostly along party lines, signified next to nothing: Its companion bill is already all but dead in the Senate Education Committee at the hands of chairman Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie.

03/23/2001

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