Category Archives: Projects

Cascade Board Member Gilion Dumas Coaches PSU Debaters

Cascade Policy Institute Board member Gilion Dumas recently spent 90 minutes with six young women at Portland State University who were preparing for a debate with their peers about the issue of mandatory sick leave. The women were part of … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Tax Freedom Day

Watchdog.org published this guest article by Cascade’s publications director Kathryn Hickok for Tax Freedom Day 2015. By Kathryn Hickok | Watchdog Opinion “Are you working to live, or living to work?” Well, maybe you’re working for runaway government spending. According … Continue reading

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Should Science Fairs be Compulsory?

The Oregon Legislature is currently considering a bill that would lower the compulsory schooling age from seven down to five or six. I testified against it in the Senate Education Committee recently, and you can read my formal testimony here. … Continue reading

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Gasoline and Greed

By William B. Conerly, Ph.D. Why have gasoline prices come down so much? Certainly global prices for crude oil have dropped, but why did the local gas station operator drop prices that you and I pay? A year ago I … Continue reading

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A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to students in grades … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage Doesn’t Apply to Everyone

The concept that everyone should earn at least some government-mandated minimum wage is politically very appealing. It’s almost the classic example of taking from the few and giving to the many. “The few” in this case are portrayed as rich … Continue reading

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Who’s Accountable to Parents?

Controversial Seaside Conference Provokes Questions About Parents’ Rights in Education KOIN 6 News’ Carla Castano reported this week that children as young as 11 have been attending an “adolescent sex conference” held annually in Seaside, Oregon. The conference, which involves … Continue reading

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