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School Choice for Oregon

Every child deserves a quality education that fits his or her individual needs as a student. Public schools are often a one-size-fits-all system, which doesn’t usually provide alternative teaching approaches that so many children need to succeed.

In Oregon, government has sought to improve education by implementing more so-called high stakes testing requirements, and bureaucracy to try and hold schools accountable. But such “accountability” hasn’t resulted in more learning, as much as it has tied the hands of teachers and principals with bureaucratic red tape.

School Choice takes the focus off of the bureaucracy, and places it onto making sure that our kids get the education they deserve. When parents have the power to spend education dollars where they believe their own kids can learn more, true accountability is a natural result – whether it’s public, private, home, online schooling or─increasingly─a combination of these various learning modes.

Cascade Policy Institute promotes many forms of school choice. In 1999 we helped create Oregon’s system of public charter schools, and in the same year we launched Children’s Scholarship Fund-Oregon that continues to provide totally private partial scholarships for low-income children to attend the schools of their parents’ choice.

Cascade is now promoting what we see as the most powerful form of school choice known as Education Savings Accounts. We’ve launched a site dedicated to educating about and promoting ESAs and other school choice options at

One Comment

  • Bill Vosburgh

    I appreciate CPI’s perceived need for political correctness. The perception persists in spite of a new president’s yeoman efforts to free American minds from the obsessive self-censorship that destroys America.

    School Choice is certainly better than the status quo. But, anything would be better.

    School Choice would fail to fix these problems:
    1. Property owners pay 40-46% of their property taxes for schools & education. That is true whether owners have children in school, are childless or retired.
    2. School property taxes are what they are because of union teachers, union bureaucracy and construction of new schools for legal, illegal, homeless and H-1B VISA workers with large families.
    3. School Choice would have property owners continue to pay the current rate to parents unable or unwilling to home school their children.
    4. The “school” issue isn’t really one of “education” because governments and union teachers have drastically converted education into political indoctrination.
    5. CPI’s recent piece with great quotes from Steve Jobs makes this point, sort of.
    6. Government schools will continued to destroy this country’s civilization until property owners refuse to pay the School Tax and demand government indoctrination be paid by business interests with H-1B VISA workers and cheap migrant labor.
    7. The only way to ever get rid of union teachers is to stop paying them.

    • 11:25 pm - February 7, 2018

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