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    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

    Speaker Boehner Honors School Choice

    Parents across America who’d like to lift their children out of failing public schools can be grateful that the new leader of the House of Representatives gets it. Speaker John Boehner’s invited guests for tonight’s State of the Union address include students, teachers and other champions of vouchers that allow … 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

    National School Choice Week: Parents Make the Difference

    Today marks the beginning of National School Choice Week, a time when school choice advocates across the nation will hold events to highlight effective educational options for every child. Less than ten years ago there were only a few school choice programs serving the needs of US families. But by … More

    Morning Bell: National School Choice Week is Underway

    The first-ever National School Choice Week is underway! This week, January 23rd – 29th, school choice advocates from across the country will host events and highlight the benefits of educational freedom. More than 150 organizations are hosting events in nearly every state. It’s a grassroots movement of national proportions to … 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

    Voucher Students Soar in Milwaukee

    A new study published by School Choice Wisconsin finds that students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP)—the largest voucher program in the country with more then 20,000 students—had a graduation rate 18 percent higher than students in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Author John Robert Warren of the University of … 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

    Not So Fast, Secretary Duncan

    In Monday’s Washington Post, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was confident that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), will be reauthorized this year, arguing that “few areas are more suited for bipartisan action than education reform.” But Duncan should take a step back … More