Academic Achievement

Recent Issues

Open Floodgates of School Choice in Philadelphia


How can we expect any single school - public, private, or home school—to adequately serve the unique needs of every student who passes through its doors? We can't—and we don't have to—provided we open the floodgates of choice for Philadelphia's schoolchildren.

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For Latinos, Education is Key to Success


For the Hispanic community, education is the key to making the American Dream a reality. Yet far too many Latinos remain victims of their ZIP code and socio-economic status when it comes to quality schooling.

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Education Spending & Academic Achievement


Increased education spending has not led to improved academic performance. This is reflected in SAT scores and NAEP results, as well numerous studies at the state, national, and international level. To improve academic performance, policymakers should pursue a student-based funding formula, mandate relief, and expanded school choice.

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Recent Blog Posts

Is Your Team Losing Every Year? Pittsburgh Students Know the Feeling

Families in low-performing districts deserve choices. Closing one low-achieving school and busing kids to another isn’t the answer. When it comes to education, giving kids options is the way to put the “champion” back in the “City of Champions.”

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Guest Post: Educational Freedom in Harrisburg

Tax credit scholarships gave Rian Slade-Bowers a chance at a better life. Now a sophomore at Penn State Altoona, he plans to pursue a Master’s Degree and perfect his Mandarin language skills for a career in Business Consulting.

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Future Ready Index: A Tool That Can't Be Used

The Future Ready Index is only valuable if parents can actually use the information. Comparing schools isn’t enough. We need to empower parents to choose the education that best fits their kids.

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