Progress Requires Freedom

Those who subscribe to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets call themselves by many names, including conservative, liberal and libertarian. Cascade combines an appreciation for private enterprise and the market process with a respect for civil liberties. In short, we believe that human happiness, prosperity and social harmony require a limited government that upholds property rights and leaves individuals free to pursue their dreams.

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Report Shows Oregon Public Employment Contracts Are a Ticking Time Bomb

John Charles | January 27, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute today announced the release of a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated ...  read more

Education Savings Accounts Should Be in Oregon’s School Choice Future

Steve Buckstein | January 23, 2015
School choice is widespread in America, including in Oregon—unless you are poor. Affluent families have choice because they can move to different neighborhoods or communities, send their children to private ...  read more

How Do Children Learn? Let Us Count the Ways

Kathryn Hickok | January 23, 2015
“I wish that the education system could understand that not every child fits into the same sized box, and everyone needs to do what is right for their family,” says ...  read more

2015’s Forward-Looking Celebration of School Choice

Kathryn Hickok | January 21, 2015
Next week is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and ...  read more

Scaling Down: The Power of One

Cascade Policy Institute | January 19, 2015
By Darla M. Romfo Last fall I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. In the ensuing days, many bloggers and journalists ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Kathryn Hickok | January 27, 2015
Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 3 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Social problem films are not generally “feel-good” movies, in the sense that viewers feel comfortable with their feet up, eating popcorn, laughing with the heroes, and hoping for ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Waiting for “Superman” (2010)

Kathryn Hickok | January 25, 2015
Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 2 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. The 2010 documentary film Waiting for “Superman” ignited new interest in the desperate desire of low-income parents to get their kids out of failing, one-size-fits-all public schools into ...  read more

Freedom in Film: To Sir, with Love (1967)

Kathryn Hickok | January 23, 2015
Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, we hope you enjoy Part 1 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Nearing the end of his patience, a first-year teacher challenges his scarcely literate students to think seriously about the lives ahead of them. What will happen after ...  read more
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