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  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Special-Needs Scholarship Program

    Last Tuesday, Oklahoma’s special-needs students received a pre-Thanksgiving win. The state’s Supreme Court ruled that two school districts that had challenged the legality of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program—a voucher program for special-needs students—were out of line in bringing the lawsuit. The school districts had challenged the scholarship program … More

    Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?

    Read this post in Spanish at Libertad.org It has been reported recently that the poverty rate among Latinos has reached 28 percent. The number, based on a new poverty measure by the Obama Administration, should be interpreted with caution, as explained here and here. However, the overall point that more … More

    Being Thankful for Families

    As Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the blessings for which many are grateful is the family members that surround the table. There are actually data behind that warm sentiment: Strong families are priceless, providing an abundance of benefits to both adults and children and creating the bonds of … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Is Accountable—to Parents

    The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) has helped hundreds of D.C. schoolchildren leave underperforming public schools to attend schools of their parents’ choice. As The Washington Post reported Sunday about the school voucher program: In the District, it’s clear that vouchers have provided many children with an education at well-established … More

    More Misleading Numbers on Poverty

    This past week, media outlets have been abuzz, heralding the news that poverty levels in the United States are higher than previously thought. But the numbers are misleading. The Census Bureau reported last week that, according to its new “supplemental poverty measure,” 49.7 million Americans are in poverty. This figure … More

    Majority of Americans Say Government Spends Too Much on Welfare

    More than half of Americans (51 percent) believe the government spends too much on welfare, according to a new Rasmussen Report. They’re right. Welfare spending has been growing for decades and is at a record level, approaching $1 trillion annually. Putting that amount in perspective, if the cost of welfare … More

    Family Fact of the Week for Hurricane Sandy: Religion Promotes Volunteering, Charitable Giving

    Hurricane Sandy dealt widespread destruction to multiple cities across the East Coast this week. The storm—cited as the largest in generations—took numerous lives and left in its wake heart-rending scenes of demolished homes and flooded city streets. In the aftermath of the devastation, many faith-based and community organizations have wasted … More

    CHART: Paul Ryan Lays Out a Vision for Reforming Welfare, Fighting Poverty

    In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty. “With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that … More

    Must-Read Research: Obama Gutting Welfare Reform, Setting Spending Records

    Welfare spending is at a staggering, all-time high. A new government report confirms that the U.S. now spends roughly $1 trillion a year on what has become a behemoth welfare system consisting of more than 80 federal programs. Robert Rector explains more in congressional testimony from earlier this year: “Examining … More