Education is the first stepping-stone on the path to success, but Pennsylvania students face severe inequality among public school districts. Thousands who can’t afford private school are trapped in failing schools or situations that aren’t the right fit. The solution to this crisis is school choice. By offering families options outside their zip code-assigned district schools, students are better able to find their path to success. Charter schools, tax credit scholarships, education savings accounts (ESAs), homeschooling, and other types of education choice must become a priority in Pennsylvania.

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Finding a Seat: Philly Kids Need More School Choice

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • December 28, 2018

Starting with magnet schools in the 1970s, the Philadelphia School District has had some form of public school choice for decades. The opening of the first charter schools in 1997…

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School Choice Increases School Safety

  • December 27, 2018

As children enjoy their holiday break, a safe second semester is at the top of many parents’ wish list. Parents want their kids to get the most out of their…

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Gesu School: Education Choice in Action – Part III

  • Marc LeBlond
  • December 25, 2018

Christmas is a time of giving. For many businesses and individuals across the state, Pennsylvania’s tax credit scholarship opportunities allow them to give so students like Alphonso and Makayla can have…

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Gesu School: Education Choice in Action – Part II

  • Marc LeBlond
  • December 18, 2018

He's a former pharmaceutical executive and she's concluding Ph.D. studies in reading literacy and assessment. Bryan Carter and Annette Pickett could choose more lucrative careers. Yet they've devoted their lives…

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Gesu School: Education Choice in Action – Part I

  • Marc LeBlond
  • December 12, 2018

Drive down Schuylkill Expressway, exit 342 past the Philadelphia Zoo, across the Girard Bridge—eventually you’ll arrive in North Philly, home of Gesu School. The surrounding neighborhood has all the…

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Education Spending 2017-18: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

  • Marc LeBlond
  • December 7, 2018

In early 2017, Rep. Dave Reed acknowledged the importance of education spending to everything the General Assembly tackles: We have an amazing opportunity. … We get to…

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School Choice Progress in PA 2017-18

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 29, 2018

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This African saying, attributed by some to Desmond Tutu, has been successfully employed by school choice advocates in…

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Teacher shortage? Try competition.

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 25, 2018

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to … tinker with markets. That isn’t the original ending to that sentence, but it is certainly accurate. There…

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Pittsburgh School Choice Fair

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 20, 2018

When I walked into the Pittsburgh School Choice Fair on Saturday, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I certainly did not anticipate being blown away by the diversity of…

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Education Is a Necessity and We Should Fund It Like It?s One

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 14, 2018

Note: This commentary was originally published by Education Post. Letting parents choose the school or schooling that best fits their child shouldn't be so controversial. We don’t question the…

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Tax Credit Scholarships: Raise the Limits!

  • Marc LeBlond
  • November 12, 2018

As shown in a recent CF report, Pennsylvania is a state at risk. Violence in schools, while decreasing, still occurs at a significant level. Pennsylvania’s achievement gaps are…

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Fact Sheet: School Funding and Student Outcomes

  • November 9, 2018

Conversations about improving education often devolve into who will spend more. This enables some policymakers to offer a one-dimensional solution—funding—to a multi-dimensional issue—education. Key questions are ignored when the only…

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Grandma, What Do You Mean Schools Were Assigned by Zip Code?

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • November 1, 2018

My kids can’t imagine a world where nearly any question can’t be answered in mere seconds. Despite growing up without the internet, I can barely imagine it myself. In a…

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Will School Choice Reach the Supreme Court Next Year?

  • October 24, 2018

Annie Jackson, a waitress at Roxy’s Café in downtown Harrisburg, knows firsthand why families need school choice. Annie waitressed eight months into her pregnancy to pay private school tuition for…

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Pennsylvania’s Opportunity Gap

  • Marc LeBlond
  • October 22, 2018

As highlighted in a recent CF report, 50 percent of student tax credit scholarship applications since 2012 have been denied due to program limits. “In 2016-17 alone, almost…

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The Need for Charter Schools

  • October 18, 2018

For 133,000 children across Pennsylvania, charter schools do more than provide an education. Charter schools provide an alternative for kids whose needs aren't met in district schools—they…

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Applying to a Philly Charter School Just Got Easier

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • October 10, 2018

For many families, navigating a mystifying and meandering path through rows and rows of corn stalks has become a favorite fall tradition. Often—especially for the more adventurous kids—getting lost in…

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School Choice: Diverse Options for Diverse Families

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • October 9, 2018

The Long and Winding Road. In addition to being a great song by the Beatles, this phrase sums up my family’s educational journey. My children spent time in a local…

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Unions and their Impact on Teachers

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • October 5, 2018

Conventional wisdom tells us unions are good for teachers. But is this true? While teachers’ unions have certainly benefited union leadership, rank and file teachers should carefully evaluate the…

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