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Robert Pondiscio: Teachers and the right

Editor’s note: Pondiscio is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on K–12 education, curriculum, teaching, school choice, and charter schooling. This commentary, published here in its entirety, first appeared on There’s a story often told about Ronald Reagan who, in 1980, hired Lionel Sosa, a[Read More…]

Which states will be ‘un-investable’ for young families?

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary joined CNN recently to discuss “the one thing that no one saw coming – the competition between states.” He described a number of states as “un-investible,” and under questioning, opined that regulation in addition to taxes contribute to making states un-investable. “When you have punitive policy,[Read More…]

Worried about declining civic knowledge? Support school choice.

It’s no secret that many Americans don’t know a whole lot about the U.S. government and how it operates. The 2022 edition of the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s annual civics knowledge survey found that over half of American adults were unable to identify the three branches of government, more than[Read More…]

Education freedom and student achievement: A happy marriage

This commentary from Patrick J. Wolf, Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.; Jay P. Greene, a senior research fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education[Read More…]

Poll: Large majority of Chicago voters support school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on Two out of every three voters are dissatisfied with Chicago’s public education system, and some 62% of them support school choice, a new Illinois Policy Institute poll finds. Conducted by Echelon Insights over a four-day period commencing on Feb. 15, the poll[Read More…]

Support for education savings accounts high in Buckeye State

A new poll of Ohio voters sponsored by education choice advocacy group Yes. Every Kid. shows support for education savings accounts by a nearly five-to-one margin. Close to two-thirds of respondents – 64% – support implementing the government-authorized savings account that would help families pay for education expenses from kindergarten[Read More…]

Fordham Institute report: Rebooting the education reform movement and other topics

Editor’s note: Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, offers this introduction to the Institute’s 2022 annual report. You can view the report here. Lucy and the football. Groundhog Day. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Use whatever metaphor you like,[Read More…]

Education savings accounts offer flexibility to build children’s best future

Editor’s note: This commentary from Juan Martinez, supervisor for The LIBRE Initiative-Florida, a group that advances economic empowerment in the Hispanic community, first appeared on Anyone who spends much time with children knows how different and unique every child is from another. As anyone with brothers or sisters can[Read More…]