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August 22, 2014

A Back to School Choice Week 2014 roundup

A big thank you to all who helped get the message out about school choice this week.  A number of you shared our blog posts, listened to the podcast, and kept up with us on Facebook.  As I said at the beginning of this week, PLF is committed to giving all parents and students a ...

August 21, 2014

Teachers' union opposes law to help the disabled

Sometimes I fall into the trap of believing that teachers’ unions think they have the best interests of the children when they oppose school choice initiatives, but then I remember that such a belief is a fairy tale.  Teachers’ unions, like other unions, exist to protect the interests of their members: teachers. Their own websites ...

August 20, 2014

PLF's Jonathan Wood will be on Georgia and California radio tomorrow discussing school choice

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be joining the Athens Morning News with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant at 8:35 eastern (5:35 pacific). We’ll be discussing why school choice benefits students, parents, and taxpayers. The program will air on WGAU 1340 in Athens and can be heard online here. Later tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be on the Andy Caldwel ...

August 20, 2014

The Back to School Choice Week podcast

This week’s PLF podcast is celebrating Back to School Choice Week.  I discuss a number of cases that PLF is working on to ensure that parents and children have a meaningful choice in their education.  I am also joined by Ashley Indrieri, PLF’s Outreach Coordinator and Grant Writer, who gives a mother’s perspective on school ...

August 20, 2014

One size does not fit all preschoolers

While many of us think the term “cradle to grave government” is a derogatory label, state governments are wearing the title like a badge of honor.  Despite the massive amount of funds needed, and the loads and loads of research about what a failure it is, states are seeking to establish or expand compulsory, uniform ...

August 20, 2014

Back to School Choice 2014 — Defending Washington's charter schools law

In November 2012, Washington became the forty-second state to allow charter schools. The Charter Schools Act, adopted by one and a half million Washington voters, authorized the establishment of up to forty public charter schools in the first five years. Charter schools are public schools, so they are secular, open to all, and don't charge ...

August 19, 2014

School choice saves money

Government spends $632 billion a year on public schools. That’s almost 20% of all government spending. Although most of the focus of Back to School Choice Week is, rightly, on the benefits to students, school choice also promises to bring that number down substantially. As PLF recently explained in a brief to the Alabama Supreme ...