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    Happy 10th Anniversary, D.C. School Choice!

    Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush signed into law the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act, creating the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP). The law marked a sea change for the educational opportunities available to children from low-income families in the nation’s capital. Thanks to the DCOSP, 1,638 students … More

    The New Frontier in School Choice: Education Savings Accounts

    Parents are using Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to tailor their child’s education to meet that child’s individual learning needs and are highly satisfied with the flexibility the accounts provide, according to two reports released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. In 2011, new ground was broken in the fight … More

    DOJ Drops Louisiana Scholarship Program Lawsuit after Pushback

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to drop its lawsuit against the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) and continue its own review process. This action occurred weeks after the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and parents of children in the program submitted a motion for intervention. In August, … More

    New Report on Why Social + Economic Conservatism Succeeds

    Politico is highlighting a new report released yesterday by the American Principles Project (APP) that shows a majority of Americans support social conservatism. APP argues that a unified social and economic conservative platform is a winning electoral strategy. In the 2012 election, for example, in all four states that had … More

    Government Shutdown Highlights Need for Head Start Reform

    Due to the government shutdown, roughly two dozen federally funded Head Start day care centers will temporarily close their doors this week. For those low-income parents in affected areas expecting to send their toddlers to Head Start this week, the closures will no doubt create some headaches. But all of … More

    Fulfilling the Dream

    This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. My own journey—to provide an opportunity for quality education for all children—began in Little Rock, Arkansas. It continued in Washington, D.C., and has now brought me full circle back to Little Rock to stand with parents so that … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents Contribute More Than School Supplies to Children’s Education

    As the days wane in late summer, so do parents’ bank accounts as they invest in school supplies for their children. In fact, reports show that this year, per-family expenditures to equip their young students has risen 10 percent since last year (second only to holiday spending), and when electronics … More

    Education Reform Goes Big in the Tar Heel State

    North Carolina is on a roll. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed a budget passed by the state legislature chock-full of education reforms, including a new school choice option for children from low- and middle-income families. The new budget includes: Scholarships for children from low- and middle-income families. The … More