Category Archives: School Choice Project

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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Forty Years of Education Reform Failure

Exactly when will the last forty years of national education reform efforts, coupled with the last twenty-three years of Oregon state education reform efforts, pay off? Given recent stagnant Oregon student test scores, with more than a third of students … Continue reading

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New Book Shows Transformational Impact of K-8 Scholarships

Rowman & Littlefield recently released Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by prominent author Naomi Schaefer Riley. In her book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives have been improved through scholarships … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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