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    Oklahoma: High Marks for Pre-K Spending, Low Marks for Reading Achievement

    This week, the Tulsa World proudly proclaimed: Finally, along comes a set of national rankings which ought to make Oklahomans especially proud. The latest annual survey by the National Institute for Early Education Research shows Oklahoma leading the nation in prekindergarten enrollment. The State of Preschool 2008 showed Oklahoma in … More

    What Did Arne Duncan Know and When Did He Know It?

    As audacious as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s decision to take scholarship money away from low-income families is, the bigger story may be what exactly did Duncan know about the Department of Education’s Opportunity Scholarship study and when did he know it? The Wall Street Journal reported last week: Voucher … More

    Morning Bell: What Works for Teachers Unions

    Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on March 10, President Barack Obama said of his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: Secretary Duncan will use only one test when deciding what ideas to support with your precious tax dollars: It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative, but whether … More

    Education Department: Tough Luck, D.C. Parents

    Put yourself in the shoes of LaTasha Bennett. A single mother living in Washington, D.C., Ms. Bennett is able to send her child to a private school thanks to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. Hoping to enroll her daughter in the same private school, Ms. Bennett applied for and recently … More

    Outside Washington, Liberals Join School Choice Camp

    What do Bridgeport, Connecticut Mayor Bill Finch and South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford have in common? Both are Democrats and both are now supporting school vouchers. In March, State Senator Ford, an African-American Democrat, joined conservative legislators in sponsoring a sweeping private school choice plan for kids in the … More

    Competition Is the Key

    School choice can be more than just a “lifeboat” for students needing to escape troubled public schools. When structured correctly, school choice can create competition among both private and public schools to improve their performance. That, say Jay Greene and Ryan Marsh, is what’s going on in Milwaukee right now. … More

    Federal Report: D.C. School Voucher Program Improves Reading Scores

    The U.S. Department of Education’s released a report today presenting the finding of an academic evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. It found that, after three years, students who were offered vouchers to go to private school through the program had made statistically significant gains in reading achievement. Specifically, … More

    Notre Dame Grads: Fighting for School Choice

    The University of Notre Dame recently announced that it would be welcoming President Obama to speak at its graduation in May. Among the questions that should be asked as President Obama’s speech approaches is how the administration’s views about private school choice—and specifically, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program—may conflict with … More

    Liberal Interest Groups 2, Arizona Children 0

    Yesterday, the teachers unions and the ACLU celebrated a victory: the Arizona State Supreme Court ruled that two school voucher programs serving special needs students and foster children were unconstitutional under state law. Of course, this victory for liberal interest groups is a big setback for some of the most … More

    We Can’t Quit on D.C. Children

    Writing in the Washington Post over the weekend, self-proclaimed school choice supporter Jay Matthews argued that its time to give up on the D.C. school voucher program: My problems with what is formally known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program are political and cultural, not moral. The program provides up … More