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    State of the State: Arizona

    “The state of our state in 2017, is resilient and strong. Our economy is growing, our schools are improving, and our citizens are succeeding,” thundered Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in …

  • DeVos Should Stand Proud of Record Championing Choice in Education image

    DeVos Should Stand Proud of Record Championing Choice in Education

    At her hearing on January 17, Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is likely to field hostile questions from some Senators about her advocacy for educational choice. In what many …

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    Video: Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita Addresses ALEC Attendees

    Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (CD-4) explained the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recent federal education reforms that put more power and control of education back into the hands of parents …

  • Video: ALEC Education Panel with Secretary Bill Bennett image

    Video: ALEC Education Panel with Secretary Bill Bennett

    Secretary Bill Bennett moderated a panel on Education reform with Education enthusiasts Utah Senator Howard Stephenson, Chairman of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee; Michigan Representative Amanda Price; Kentucky Senator Mike …

  • Video: Dr. Steve Perry Addresses ALEC attendees image

    Video: Dr. Steve Perry Addresses ALEC attendees

    Dr. Steve Perry gave an impassioned speech about revolutionizing education to increase school choice, opportunity and success in American multicultural communities. Dr. Perry addressed ALEC members on Friday, July 29, …

  • Video: California Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs Addresses ALEC image

    Video: California Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs Addresses ALEC

    Mrs. Rebecca Friedrichs described teachers unions’ intimidation tactics against teachers who don’t agree with them, and her experience taking her case against the California Teachers Association all the way to …

  • Survey: Most Lawmakers Support School Choice image

    Survey: Most Lawmakers Support School Choice

    In September, Ed Choice, formerly known as the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, released the results of a survey questioning state legislators about their views on various aspects of …

  • Kansas Supreme Court Threatens to Close K-12 Schools image

    Kansas Supreme Court Threatens to Close K-12 Schools

    If the Kansas Supreme Court Justices disagree with current funding levels for K-12 education, they should resign their positions and run for the state legislature.

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    Choosing A Better Way to Educate Students

    In the policy paper released by the Republican House Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility, solutions to the education system that will help keep vulnerable youth from …

  • Changing Lives Across Multiple Measures: School Choice Delivers By Metrics of Parents and Regulators image

    Changing Lives Across Multiple Measures: School Choice Delivers By Metrics of Parents and Regulators

    A new meta-analysis of studies done on the academic achievement of students in school choice programs shows that empowering parents to choose, delivers across multiple assessment metrics.

  • Audio: Inez Feltscher on the Education Savings Account (ESA) Revolution image

    Audio: Inez Feltscher on the Education Savings Account (ESA) Revolution

    Inez Feltscher, director of the Task Force on Education and Workforce Development, recently joined ALEC members and members of the media to discuss three innovative tools parents can use to optimize …

  • New Report Examines Three Innovative Parent Tools to Optimize the Potential of Education Savings Accounts image

    New Report Examines Three Innovative Parent Tools to Optimize the Potential of Education Savings Accounts

    Education savings accounts have the potential to rewire the entire education system around new decision-makers: parents.

  • Disappointing Friedrichs Decision Underscores Need for States to Act image

    Disappointing Friedrichs Decision Underscores Need for States to Act

    Although the Supreme Court decision is a tremendous disappointment, it underscores the need to affirmatively protect these rights at the state level. States can prevent public sector unions from compelling workers to fund their political positions.

  • Three Things You Need to Know about Transparency in Higher Education image

    Three Things You Need to Know about Transparency in Higher Education

    Sunshine Week provides an ideal opportunity to call for transparency in a sector that rarely demonstrates any: higher education.  Transparency is essential to harnessing consumer choice to reduce costs and …

  • Massachusetts Plays the Lottery with Students’ Futures image

    Massachusetts Plays the Lottery with Students’ Futures

    Last Wednesday, the families of 366 Massachusetts students waited anxiously while their educational fates were decided by a lottery. The families were applying to the Holyoke Community Charter School, one of the best in Massachusetts, but because charter school enrollment is arbitrarily capped in the state, only 34 were chosen to enroll in the school. Unfortunately, scenes like the one at Holyoke are not uncommon in Massachusetts, where the law allows only a certain number of charter schools to operate.

  • ALEC Principles Shine Light on Government Failures image

    ALEC Principles Shine Light on Government Failures

    Sunshine Week, running from March 13 to 19, aims to promote transparency in government, which is a fundamental component of the ALEC principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. The private sector can offer superior alternatives to failing public schools, overly complex healthcare services and expensive infrastructure projects. When government services are transferred to the free market, private companies deliver high-quality public services at far less cost to the taxpayer.

  • Education and Workforce Director Testifies in Missouri about Education Savings Accounts image

    Education and Workforce Director Testifies in Missouri about Education Savings Accounts

    Putting parents back in charge of the direction of their children’s educations allows parents not only to send their students to the schools – public or private – that work best for them, but to actually design customized and flexible education experiences, including tuition, online classes, curricula, textbooks and workbooks, tutoring, and special education therapies, that are as varied as the children themselves. Instead of feeding a child into a system that must, necessarily, be designed around the “average” student, through an ESA program, parents can and have constructed individualized education pathways for their children which capitalize on their unique strengths and shore up their particular weaknesses. But although they are cutting-edge, ESAs are not brand-new or unstudied. As of today, five states – Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nevada – have passed education savings account programs. If 2011 was labeled the “Year of School Choice”[i] by the Wall Street Journal, 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Education Savings Accounts.”

  • Report Ranks States for Hostility to Parent Choice and Charter Schools image

    Report Ranks States for Hostility to Parent Choice and Charter Schools

    On Tuesday, the Network for Public Education (NPE), a policy group led by well-known school choice opponent Diane Ravitch, published a report grading the states’ education policies. Unlike the …

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    State of the State: Oklahoma

    Governor Fallin has traditionally been an ally of limited government, free markets and federalism. However, given the difficult economic circumstances that her oil-dependent state is suffering, the governor and legislature are in a trying position.

  • National School Choice Week Sets Participation Record in 2016 image

    National School Choice Week Sets Participation Record in 2016

    This week, millions of teachers, students, parents and community leaders are coming together to promote and celebrate the merits of school choice.