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    Education Sacrificed at the Altar of Political Expediency

    In today’s Washington Examiner, Barbara Hollingsworth writes about the injustice being committed to D.C. children by ending the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Hollingsworth’s impassioned words get at the heart of the crisis: It’s virtually impossible to get rid of federal programs that don’t work, so it’s even more astounding that … More

    Friends and Foes of Educational Opportunity

    Proponents of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program and families currently in the program have reason to be frustrated over Congress setting the course toward its elimination. But as Amanda Carpenter reports in today’s Washington Times, they’ve also found a “strong ally” in the fight for school choice – Juan Williams … More

    Parents, Taxpayers Deserve to Know if Preschool, Head Start Programs Work

    Writing in the Carolina Journal, John Hood of the John Locke Foundation takes up the story of the overdue report on the national Head Start evaluation: For decades now, both liberal and not-so-liberal politicians in Washington and Raleigh have clung to the plausible and promising notion that spending tax money … More

    Milton Friedman on School Choice

    Milton Friedman spent his adult life advocating for choice and competition in a free market system. Schools were no different. In this video Milt advocates the use of School Vouchers because he assumes that competition is a way in which both public and private schools can be required to satisfy … More

    Thousands of Children’s Wish-Lists Include Chance to Attend a Good School

    While many kids have sent their wish lists to Santa Claus, millions of kids around the country are wishing for an even more important gift this year—the chance to attend a good school. Brooke Dollins Terry of the Texas Public Policy Foundation published an important report documenting the long waiting … More

    As Congress Ends D.C. Voucher Program, Qatar Moves Toward Universal School Choice

    As regular readers of the Foundry know, Congress has recently moved to end the popular and effective D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, denying low-income families the chance to attend a school of their parents’ choice. Meanwhile, other countries are pushing forward with plans to give all parents school choice. In September, … More

    Smart School Reforms Can Benefit African American Students

    Writing on Townhall.com, Dr. Walter Williams asks an important question: “What’s to be done about this tragic state of black education?” Williams highlights the shockingly low test scores of students in predominantly African American cities like Detroit, where only 3 percent of 4th grade students scored proficient on the NAEP … More

    School Choice Supporters Ask Reid to Show a Little Christmas Spirit

    Some members of Congress are trying to bring a little Christmas cheer back to District families fighting for the continuation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Representative Burgess, along with co-sponsors Boehner, Kline, Frelinghuysen and Issa, introduced legislation to amend the Omnibus to remove language phasing-out the Opportunity Scholarship program. … More

    Will the Grinches Have a Change of Heart about the D.C. Voucher Program?

    In “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Dr. Suess teaches children that even the most cold-hearted among us can find good in their hearts, especially during the holidays. Despite a series of recent setbacks, hundreds of low-income kids in Washington, DC are holding out hope that the Grinches on Capitol Hill … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in Critical Condition

    Today’s Washington Post editorial page draws attention to the plight of the embattled D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which is now in critical condition due to language contained in the omnibus bill. The 2010 spending bill effectively kills the successful program by prohibiting any new students from receiving scholarships. The Post … More