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.

Education

Fast Lies and Slow Truths

  • Marc LeBlond
  • March 11, 2020

All students—regardless of school type—deserve a student-based funding system. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, only 14% of the $1.2 billion Special Education appropriation is distributed based on categories of…

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Education

Slots for Scholars?

  • Andrew Abramczyk
  • March 5, 2020

Use of gambling revenue to fund colleges is both economically and morally questionable.

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Education

Government Unions Threaten to Eclipse School Choice

  • Kevin Mooney
  • February 25, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf and other elected officials are pulling in millions of dollars from government unions that oppose school choice and exert considerable influence at the expense of education reform. …

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Education

Can Our Kids Afford to Wait While Harrisburg Schools Improve?

  • Marc LeBlond
  • February 24, 2020

Last fall, several House education committee members cited ongoing improvements in Harrisburg City School District as the reason to oppose scholarships for Harrisburg kids. But are things really getting better?…

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Education

Tax Credit Scholarships Give Families Options

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • January 29, 2020

National School Choice Week is a great time to celebrate the diverse educational options that are available to kids throughout Pa. But it’s also a time to focus on increasing…

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Education

Democrat Lawmaker Speaks Out for School Choice

  • January 28, 2020

National School Choice Week can—and should—be a bipartisan celebration. Tennessee State Rep. John DeBerry is a Democrat who has been honored for his school choice advocacy. Here are his remarks from…

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Education

It’s National School Choice Week!

  • Colleen Hroncich
  • January 27, 2020

What is a "good" school? There isn’t just one definition of a “good” school because every child is unique. That’s why choice is so important. This week we’re going to…

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CF’s 2020 Vision

  • January 1, 2020

The Commonwealth Foundation’s mission sounds pretty simple: transform free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish. Accomplishing that mission—with a divided government, powerful special interests, and a diverse…

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Education

Pension Pacman Must Be Stopped

  • Andrew Abramczyk
  • December 31, 2019

Next fiscal year Pennsylvania school districts will pay $4.9 billion into PSERS, the state teachers’ pension fund.1 Less than one quarter of that amount will fund new benefits earned by…

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Education

Myles Goes to Washington

  • December 22, 2019

“School choice opens up doors that would otherwise be slammed shut. As a young African American male in a low-income neighborhood it’s more likely I would be a dropout…

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Education

Parents Protest Politicians’ Education Hypocrisy

  • Marc LeBlond
  • December 9, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest in a long line of politicians to take advantage of school choice for their own kids—Sen. Warren sent her son to private schools…

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Education

We’re thankful!

  • November 28, 2019

And the winner of “Biggest Home State Win” is … the Commonwealth Foundation! You can imagine the excitement of CF staff when we recently found out we’d won a prestigious…

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Education

My Unanswered Question for Governor Wolf

  • Marc LeBlond
  • November 26, 2019

Governor Wolf continues to use divisive rhetoric that places all the blame for Pennsylvania’s education woes on public charter schools. During his recent press conference at the Pennsylvania Association of…

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Education

Harrisburg Children One Step Closer to the Quality Education They Deserve

  • November 19, 2019

Financial mismanagement. Student violence. State receivership. FBI investigation. These are the headlines Harrisburg families have been confronting for years—even decades. That's why the House Education Committee advanced legislation, HB 1800, sponsored…

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Education

Tuition Scholarships for Harrisburg

  • Elizabeth Stelle, Marc LeBlond
  • November 14, 2019

With HB 1800, Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) wants to give parents the ability to escape Harrisburg schools without a permission slip from local officials.

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Education

Gov. Wolf Makes History by Signing PA GI Bill

  • Marc LeBlond
  • November 11, 2019

On Veterans Day, we remember how much military service members sacrifice for the rest of us. Last week, Gov. Wolf gathered with military members and lawmakers to thank them…

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Education

3 Charter School Facts Gov. Wolf Hopes You Won’t Notice

  • November 1, 2019

Pennsylvania charter schools are “wildly ineffective.” They produce “abysmal results.” They “aren’t moving the needle” on test results. If you believe the detractors, charter schools are worse than pointless.

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Education

Conscientious Objectors to Choice

  • Lenny McAllister
  • November 1, 2019

Once again, the most vulnerable in our Commonwealth are in a battle without fully realizing it. That was clear to me during my testimony before the Pennsylvania Senate’s Education…

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Education

Betsy DeVos Touts Education Freedom Scholarships During Harrisburg Visit

  • Kevin Mooney
  • October 31, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ visit to Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School in September was a great opportunity to highlight school choice in Pennsylvania and beyond. But most national media outlets that…

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