Tiffany Dunston is the epitome of an education opportunity success story. She grew up in a poor neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and became motivated in her own educational journey after her cousin—who was going to be the first in the family to attend college—was fatally shot at the age of 17. But after starting out in … Continue reading School Choice Provides Opportunity for All of America’s Kids to Have Better Life
One of the most interesting things about the COVID-19 pandemic is the way it has exposed previously existing flaws in so many government institutions. Many of California’s long-standing problems, from housing to the criminal justice system to business regulation have been both exacerbated and highlighted by COVID. In particular, the pandemic has made it difficult to ignore … Continue reading COVID Highlights California’s Education Failures
New data on Roman Catholic school enrollment is out, and it confirms what Cato CEF survey and closure tracker data have suggested since the start of COVID-19 lockdowns: private schools, especially Catholic, are hurting. The National Catholic Educational Association just announced a 6.4 percent enrollment drop in Catholic schools between the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years. That is basically what we found … Continue reading Confirmed: Private Schools Are Suffering under COVID-19
As we file our taxes this year, I encourage you to look at the amount of your money the government is claiming and ask yourself these two questions: what would you have done with this money? And does the government actually spend this money better than you can?
Fed up with not being able to keep their children physically in school full time in a Pennsylvania suburb, a group of concerned parents is fighting back by demanding that the school district provide options for in-person learning. “Both of my children have struggled with pandemic learning,” says Stacey Whomsley, a mom of two boys … Continue reading These 2 Moms Refuse to Settle for Failures of Online Learning
The Republican Study Committee plans to introduce six school choice measures in the House on Thursday in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered schools across the country. “These [committee] members recognize that if Congress had placed a greater emphasis on school choice, parents and students could’ve been freer to avoid the debacle … Continue reading Amid COVID-19 closures, House Republicans Offer 6 School Choice Bills
National School Choice Week has taken on renewed importance this year, as too many families are approaching the one-year mark of crisis online learning provided by their public school district. Last March, the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools nationwide, forcing teachers, parents, and students to transition to virtual classrooms and grapple with the various effects of … Continue reading Teachers Unions Are Keeping Kids Out of the Classroom. School Choice Can Ensure They Learn Anyway.
In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns, the CDC reported: “In other countries, those places who closed school (e.g., Hong Kong) have not had more success in reducing spread than those that did not (e.g., Singapore).” Today, that the default for schools should be in‐person instruction, especially for younger students, has been reinforced myriad times. Add to … Continue reading For The Good of Kids and Teachers, Unions Should Stop Blocking School Choice
In 1971, the Supreme Court upheld a 1955 law making it illegal for federal employees to strike against the U.S. government. So, when members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization union went on strike in August 1981, demanding a $10,000 a year bump in pay and a reduction in the workweek from 40 hours to 32, … Continue reading It’s Time for a Bold, Reaganesque Approach to Teachers Unions on School Closures
From Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, some of the most prominent progressive politicians in the country are pushing hard for widespread student debt cancelation. So, it’s fascinating to see a new study show that forcing taxpayers to pay down the roughly $1.5 trillion in government-held student debt is not a “progressive” policy by … Continue reading Top 20% Gets 6x More Benefits from Student Debt Cancellation than Bottom 20%, New Study Finds