Tag: school choice
K. Lloyd Billingsley | Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 1:50 PM PDT | Comments Off on Education Waste Leaves Taxpayers No Choice
Parents and students deserve full educational choice, with the dollar following the scholar, as a matter of basic civil rights.
Tags: bureaucracy, Government waste, public school monopoly, school choice
Vicki Alger | Saturday June 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM PDT | Comments Off on The Fight for Freedom Must Continue Post-Janus
Any day now the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the outcome of which will have major implications.
Tags: California, Education, Government subsidies, Liberty, Politics, Power, school choice, teachers' unions
Vicki Alger | Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM PDT | Comments Off on New Poll Suggests Lessons Teachers Unions Should Remember in November
A growing number of parents may be voting with their feet this fall by taking advantage of Arizona’s expansive educational choice programs.
Tags: California, Education, education savings accounts, Elections, Politics, school choice, teacher strikes, teachers' unions
Vicki Alger | Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 10:16 AM PDT | Comments Off on Florida Becomes First State to Offer Student Safety Scholarships
No parent should have to play “Mother, may I” with the state or federal government to enroll their child in a school they think is safe.
Tags: Constitution, Education, Liberty, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Politics, school choice, school safety, The State
Vicki Alger | Monday January 22, 2018 at 9:22 AM PDT | Comments Off on Sacramento Should Celebrate National School Choice Week with Bold, Student-Centered Thinking
California’s current education system, which largely rations education based on where a child’s parents can afford to live, is a relic of a bygone era.
Tags: Charter schools, Education, education savings accounts, ESAs, government schools, K-12 schools, National School Choice Week, Personal Liberty, Politics, Private schools, Public schools, school choice, tax credit scholarships
Vicki Alger | Monday November 27, 2017 at 1:28 PM PDT | Comments Off on Want a Choice Not an Echo in Education? Then Keep the Feds Out
A provision of the recent House GOP tax plan would allow parents to use up to $10,000 of their 529 college savings plans for K-12 expenses including private school tuition. Parental choice in education is a bedrock Republican principle, and President Trump along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are leading advocates. Yet even if…
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Tags: Constitution, Education, ESAs, parental choice, Personal Liberty, Politics, Regulation, school choice, The State
Vicki Alger | Friday November 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM PDT | Comments Off on Why Subsidize the U.S. Department of Education When We Could Be Funding ESAs Ourselves?
Last month marked the 38th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Department of Education. Proponents insisted that elevating the Office of Education to a Cabinet-level department would improve federal education spending efficiency as well as student achievement. Opponents countered that there is scant (if any) evidence that increasing federal control over education would…
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Tags: Education, ESAs, Free Market, Government subsidies, parental choice, Personal Liberty, school choice
Vicki Alger | Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 9:43 AM PDT | Comments Off on Enabling California K-12 Students to Thrive through Education Savings Accounts
California is an innovation leader in lots of areas except one: K-12 education. Enacting education savings accounts (ESAs) would help. As I detail in a new policy report, California’s public-school system, which largely rations education based on where a child’s parents can afford to live, is a relic of a bygone era. Such a…
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Tags: California, Education, ESA, Liberty, parental choice, Personal Liberty, school choice
Vicki Alger | Thursday August 31, 2017 at 11:37 AM PDT | Comments Off on Illinois Passes Its First, Country’s 18th, Tax-Credit Scholarship Program
This week the Illinois legislature passed legislation creating the country’s 18th tax-credit scholarship program, and the bill is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who’s said he’ll sign it. UPDATE: Gov. Rauner signed the bill (see here). Officially called the Invest in Kids Act, Illinois’ flagship tax-credit scholarship program was passed as part…
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Tags: Chicago Teachers Union, Education, Politics, school choice, tax credit scholarship, Taxation
Vicki Alger | Thursday August 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM PDT | Comments Off on Localize, Don’t Federalize, Educational Choice
Parental choice in education has many advantages, as we see in the growing majority of states with choice programs. Yet using the federal government to expand educational choice is risky, as The Heritage Foundation’s Linsdey Burke, The Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey, and I explain in our Washington Post editorial. The Trump administration has made clear that it wants to…
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Tags: D.C. Vouchers, Education, education savings accounts, ESAs, higher education, Liberty, parental choice, Personal Liberty, Politics, Presidential Power, Regulation, school choice, school vouchers, tax credit scholarships, vouchers