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Anaheim school district soon to be in court

January 27, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

Last year, PLF and Parent Revolution joined forces to support a group of elementary school parents who were sued by the Anaheim school district. What did the parents do to warrant legal action? As we previously discussed, they invoked California’s Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the “parent trigger,” and petitioned to conve ...

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Public schools need reform, not more money

January 25, 2017 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

In the recent confirmation hearing held for Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Democrats fulminated over public school funding. “Can you commit,” Senator Patty Murray asked, “that you will not work to … cut a single penny from public education?” Devos did not commit. Nor should she. ...

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Welcome to School Choice Week 2017

January 23, 2017 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

This is the sixth consecutive year that PLF is happy to celebrate School Choice Week with our friends across the country. School choice embodies the simple proposition that parents know the best school for their children. By injecting choice and competition into the traditional public school monopoly, parents, students, teachers, schools, and taxpa ...

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Wrapping up National School Choice Week 2016

January 29, 2016 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Thank you for joining us and helping to spread the word about school choice. National School Choice Week was a huge success. So many wonderful organizations got involved, not to mention the thousands of parents, students, schools, and supporters that spoke out for school choice. Here at PLF it has been a busy week supporting school choice. ̷ ...

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The virtue of school choice

January 28, 2016 | By CALEB TROTTER

For National School Choice Week, it’s important to remember why choice is so valuable today. Consider the following hypothetical: Suppose you have school-age children, and your local public school is failing. Unfortunately, you cannot afford to pay for the local private school, so you must either send your kids to the failing public school, h ...

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Hope for Washington's charter schools

January 27, 2016 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

National School Choice Week has special meaning this year in Washington, where lawmakers are fighting to save Washington’s charter schools. In 2012, Washington voters passed the state’s first charter school act. The state then approved numerous charter school applications, and the new schools prepared to open their doors in 2015. ...

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School choice programs can help alleviate inefficiency in education

January 26, 2016 | By CHRIS KIESER

Many of the largest school districts in the United States spend an exorbitant amount of money on education. Newark, New Jersey spends over $30,000 per student, while New York City and Washington, DC, spend over $25,000. And spending for education is always politically popular: witness the success of state lotteries, justified on the grounds that & ...

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Scrap tires and school choice

January 19, 2016 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a religious liberty case that may bear on the success of school choice across the country. The case doesn’t directly involve school choice. It’s about scrap tires and playgrounds. But its outcome may determine the extent to which states can use the excuse of church-state separation to bar religi ...

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Revisiting my podcast with Cato's Andrew Coulson

August 27, 2015 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

For Back to School Choice Week 2015, I am reposting my podcast with Andrew Coulson, Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. It is the best podcast I have been a part of, and it is especially apt for Back to School Choice Week. Andrew and I discuss a variety of school … ...