Category Archives: School Choice Project

Florida Parents Get to “Customize” Kids’ Education

Florida just became the second state to pass an Education Savings Account law, giving parents of certain special-needs children “Personalized Learning Scholarship Accounts.” Governor Rick Scott signed the bill June 20. FloridaWatchdog.org’s Mary C. Tillotsen writes: Parents receive an allotted … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, Kathryn Hickok, School Choice Project | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Mississippi Says “Yes!” to Parents’ Education Savings Accounts

Today the Mississippi state legislature passed an Education Savings Account (ESA) bill which will allow parents there to customize the education of special needs children. Each chamber now must review the other’s version of the bill for final votes and … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, Children's Scholarship Fund, Kathryn Hickok, School Choice Project, Video | 2 Comments

Cascade in the Capitol – Testimony Against Placing Limitations on New Charter Schools (SB 1538)

February 6, 2014 Testimony Against SB 1538 before the Oregon Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee By Steve Buckstein Chair Hass and members of the committee, my name is Steve Buckstein. I’m the Senior Policy Analyst and founder of Cascade … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade in the Capitol, Cascade Website, School Choice Project, Steve Buckstein | Tagged | 9 Comments

Should Federal Education Money “Follow the Child?”

“We have a problem with federal funds today that are supposed to be going to low-income families,” Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander told The New York Times. “The simplest way for them to get there is just to pin them to the … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, Kathryn Hickok, School Choice Project | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Joins Rally for School Choice

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Republican Senator Ted Cruz may seem unlikely allies, but they took the stage together on Saturday to kick off National School Choice Week in Houston. “Throughout my career, I have fought for public education … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, Kathryn Hickok, School Choice Project | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Oregon Foster Advocate Backs School Choice Bill

Northwest Watchdog reports that the executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Clackamas County hopes the Oregon legislature will pass a bill to create individual savings accounts for foster children’s education expenses. Modeled after a successful Arizona program, … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade in the Capitol, Cascade Website, Kathryn Hickok, School Choice Project | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Legislative Update – Education Equity Emergency Act (E3)

Cascade founder Steve Buckstein orchestrated testimony Thursday on an exciting Education Savings Account bill that may represent the future of school choice in Oregon. The bill had a “concept hearing” before the Senate Interim Education and Workforce Development Committee.* Bend … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade in the Capitol, Cascade Website, School Choice Project, Steve Buckstein | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Public School Bounty Hunters

How many of us remember the scenes of young East Germans risking their lives to escape under, over or around the Berlin Wall?  Happily, those memories are fading since the wall came down in 1989.  Unhappily, young people still have … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, School Choice Project, Steve Buckstein | 4 Comments

“This Type of Choice Is No Choice”

“We saw no light at the end of that tunnel,” writes James Shuls, a Ph.D. candidate in education policy at the University of Arkansas. “We may have been able to attend a different school within the district, but we were … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, Kathryn Hickok, School Choice Project | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

A Tale of Two Lobbyists

By Doug DeFilipps The Oregonian’s Betsy Hammond pointed out last week that there are two lobbyists in the Oregon legislature representing K-12 Inc. (which operates the online charter school Oregon Virtual Academy) and another two from Connections Education LLC (which … Continue reading

Posted in Cascade Website, School Choice Project | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments