Pennsylvania’s future is in the hands of the next generation. Parents and students—not activist agendas—should drive the Commonwealth’s education policy. While policymakers have been entrusted with ensuring the next generation receives a quality education, parents should be empowered to choose the quality education that meets their unique child’s needs. Charter schools and tax credit scholarships are integral pieces of school choice, but more reforms are needed to make school choice a reality for all Pennsylvania students.

Criminal Justice Reform

Fighting Poverty can be a Bipartisan Effort

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 12, 2019

Here's a letter I submitted to the Philadelphia Daily News on how Pennsylvanians of any ideology can share good intent, and work toward a common goal. I was disappointed…

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Education

Expand Educational Choice with Tax Credit Scholarships

  • Nathan Benefield
  • April 8, 2019

In 2016-17, the most recent year with scholarship data available, 52,857 K-12 scholarship applications were denied—52 percent of all K-12 applications. Businesses have applied for $180 million in EITC and…

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Education

Time to Start Treating Philly Charter Families Like First Class Citizens

  • April 1, 2019

Our children deserve the best, most individually-tailored education available. Sadly, most students in urban districts cannot access educational opportunities. It's a paradox: Pennsylvania schools are receiving more funds than ever—ranking…

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Education

Economic Growth or Education OpportunityWhy not Both

  • Marc LeBlond
  • March 25, 2019

In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed, Mark Gleason explains that growing the economy and expanding educational opportunity are complementary, not competing goals: When it comes to preparing our children…

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Criminal Justice Reform

Milwaukee Study: School Choice Linked to Fewer Broken Families, Convictions

  • Marc LeBlond
  • March 15, 2019

Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Public Welfare Helen O’Bannon once lamented “the family breaking up” as the root cause of an “untrained, unskilled” workforce, which increases “single, female heads of…

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Education

Philadelphia Parents Rally for Opportunity Scholarships

  • Marc LeBlond
  • March 5, 2019

Last week, Philadelphia parents and community leaders gathered in support of the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program. The event was sponsored by Educational Opportunities for Families (EOF) and…

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Education

ESAs: Step by Step

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • February 28, 2019

Pennsylvania taxpayers are very generous in their support for education. We rank ninth in the nation for per-pupil funding at almost $18,000 per pupil —$3,900 more than the national average.

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Education

Cyber Report Strikes Out

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • February 26, 2019

Although my grandfather, Danny Murtaugh, managed the Pittsburgh Pirates, I don’t pretend to be a baseball expert. But you don’t grow up in a baseball family without knowing you…

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Education

Five Reasons Families Demand Opportunity Scholarships

  • Marc LeBlond
  • February 25, 2019

Last week Senator Mike Regan introduced legislation to expand Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. The reason is simple. Tax credit scholarships…

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Education

Penn Hills: A (Tragic) Love Story

  • Lenny McAllister
  • February 15, 2019

I’m a Penn Hills guy. I’ve lived in some of the most unique and dynamic places in the nation, yet I’ve never been around as many talented, genuine, and engaging…

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Education

A Better Tool for Student Opportunity

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • February 12, 2019

As the 2019 legislative session begins, lawmakers need to look beyond talking points and get to the root of problems with education. As Pennsylvania illustrates, more money does not guarantee…

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Education

How to Make Schools Safer

  • February 8, 2019

On January 17, students drew blood at John Harris High School in Harrisburg. Over 30 students fought in the cafeteria during lunch. By the fight’s end kids needed medical…

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Education

Keep Moving Forward: Philly Students Celebrate Choice

  • Marc LeBlond
  • February 1, 2019

Last week the nation celebrated school choice, with thousands of student-centered events taking place across the United States. On Wednesday, hundreds of yellow-scarved, sign-bearing students from the Philly area…

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Education

Kids Deserve Fair Funding and Choice

  • Marc LeBlond
  • January 30, 2019

On Jan 23, 2019, Rep. Chris Rabb hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on 100 percent Fair School Funding. Rep. Rabb graciously invited CF to participate. Below are Marc…

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Education

School Choice: Stuck in the Middle (Class)

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • January 24, 2019

“I fear we’ve become a school for the haves and the have-nots,” one private school leader in Florida worried. What’s happened to those in between? The wealthy can afford to…

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Education

Michael Scott Wasn’t the Only Bad Manager in Scranton

  • January 23, 2019

It’s been five years since the television show The Office ended, and Scranton is making headlines again. No, not because Michael Scott had an insensitive diversity training, nor because Ryan…

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Criminal Justice Reform

Today’s Opportunities in the Spirit of King

  • Lenny McAllister
  • January 21, 2019

It’s been a shame that we’ve collectively spent so much time this month talking about the wrong King (Rep. Steve King) and views that harken back to our worst…

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Education

Opportunity, Prosperity, and National School Choice Week

  • Marc LeBlond
  • January 18, 2019

Speaking at his inaugural address on Tuesday, Gov. Wolf emphasized the importance of making sure “our children's opportunities are not restricted by his or her ZIP code.” We couldn’t…

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