Back to School Choice Week 2016

August 23, 2016 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

What’s better than one School Choice Week?  Two school choice weeks. At PLF we weren’t satisfied with simply celebrating school choice week in January, so four years ago we started Back to School Choice Week. As kids are going back to school, it’s important to remember that most families in this country have few educational opt ...


A Back to School Choice Week 2014 roundup

August 22, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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 … ...


School vouchers : a valuable tool for desegregation

August 22, 2014 | By RALPH KASARDA

A court’s ruling this week that North Carolina’s school voucher program is unconstitutional is unfortunate, given that the most likely beneficiaries of the program are disadvantaged minority students.  The program aims to provide as much as $4,200 annually for low-income families trying to get their children out of failing public scho ...


Teachers' union opposes law to help the disabled

August 21, 2014 | By MARK MILLER

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  ...


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

August 20, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

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 ...


The Back to School Choice Week podcast

August 20, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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  ...


One size does not fit all preschoolers

August 20, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

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 … ...


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

August 20, 2014 | By MERIEM L. HUBBARD

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 & ...


School choice saves money

August 19, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

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 … ...