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  • Lieberman and Collins Make Strong Case for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    Wednesday, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) was the subject of a hearing held by Senators Joe Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan Collins (R–ME). Although the program is boosting the graduation rates of students who use a scholarship to attend private school and is overwhelmingly popular among parents and D.C. residents, … More

    National Marriage Week: Married Families Are Healthier

    Most people know that eating well and exercising regularly leads to better health. What some people may not know, however, is that marriage is also good for their health. And its benefits extend across gender, race, and income levels. Furthermore, both married adults and children from married-parent families are more … More

    Teacher Tenure Reform Catching On Across States

    Education reform is taking shape across the nation, and for many states, the next wave of change is coming as state leaders push for teacher tenure reform. Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, and New Jersey have proposed to eliminate or dramatically restructure the current form of teacher tenure. Additionally, New … More

    National School Choice Week: SOAR Act Gives D.C. School Children Second Chance

    On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, which was fairly heavy on education policy, this morning Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) announced that they will introduce a bill – the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act … More

    National School Choice Week: School Choice Means Options

    It’s National School Choice Week, and school choice advocates across the country are coming together to promote educational opportunity for the nation’s children. But just what is “school choice,” and why is it so important? School choice takes a variety of forms: private school choice, pubic school choice, charter schools, … More

    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to Speak on Welfare Reform

    The 112th Congress is out of the gate, and so is its mantra of getting government spending under control. But there’s one piece of the spending pie that legislators can’t overlook if they plan to get the United States back on the track of fiscal responsibility: welfare. Despite the commonly … More

    Expanding School Choice in Pennsylvania

    In the latest efforts to promote school choice for the nation’s children, Pennsylvania state Senators Anthony Williams (D–Philadelphia) and Jeffrey Piccola (R–Dauphin and York) have introduced a plan to provide opportunity scholarships for low-income Pennsylvania students to attend a school of their choice. Said Senator Piccola: We know we have … More

    Students First: Michelle Rhee Releases Agenda for National Education Reform

    Treating teachers like professionals, giving parents school choice, and using education dollars wisely: these three priorities frame the agenda of Students First, the newly established nonprofit headed by former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The plan, released Tuesday on StudentsFirst.org and outlined by Rhee in The Wall Street Journal and … More

    Study on Youth Abstinence and STDs: The Bigger Picture

    A recent study hit the news waves earlier this week proclaiming that a statistically significant portion of young adults who say they are sexually abstinent are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). According to the study, conducted at Emory University, 10 percent of youth that reported no sexual intercourse … More

    Teacher Tenure Reform Coming to Illinois?

    It’s the beginning of a new year, and Illinois isn’t wasting any time getting education reform off to a good start. Teacher tenure reform is currently on the hotplate of Illinois lawmakers, with the House being set to vote on a measure January 12. The proposed legislation would “link teacher … More