CF’s work in education focuses on promoting opportunity and improving children’s lives though incentive-based reforms. Instead of repeating the failed attempts to reform education through new rules or additional funding, such reforms use competition to improve education.  Incentive-based reforms include providing choice within the public school system through charter schools and cyber schools, providing families with private school options through vouchers or tax credit-funded scholarships, and measuring and rewarding success in education for both schools and teachers. Only when parents are able to choose the best school for their child, have an abundance of educational choices and ample information, and schools are forced to compete for students will we provide the best education to Pennsylvania’s youth.

Recent Issues

State Budget Solution #3: Student-Focused Education Funding

As lawmakers and Gov. Wolf seek to restructure state government this budget season, they should commit to refocusing education spending to provide the greatest opportunity to Pennsylvania students.

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A Christmas Wish List for Pennsylvania

“No more lives torn apart, and wars would never start, and time would heal all hearts.” You might recognize those words from the ubiquitous-around-the-holidays song, “Grown-Up Christmas List.” Grown up? Sure. Likely to happen? Not on this planet. Here is a Christmas wish list that can come true and would make Pennsylvania a place where everyone can thrive.

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Embracing Innovation in State Government

Conventional governing is hampering Pennsylvania’s progress. Growing state budgets combined with one-time revenue transfers and targeted tax hikes are delaying the structural reforms essential to improving the quality of life for people who live and work in Pennsylvania.

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Recent Blog Posts

How to Help Harrisburg Students, Right Now

Harrisburg School District has been under state oversight since 2012 due to poor academic outcomes and incompetent management. How can we help the students who need immediate relief?

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School Choice on Behalf of Pa.'s Poorest Should Be a Bipartisan Issue

School choice should be bipartisan for the same reason as criminal justice reform: it restores fairness and opportunity to Pennsylvania families—especially the poor, minorities, and those living in the inner city. Democrats campaign as their champions—so why do they let special interests get in the way?

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Getting Real About Education Spending

Despite strident opposition from the teachers' unions, most Democrat lawmakers, and Governor Wolf, lawmakers who support education choice secured a big victory in the newly enacted budget: a $30 million increase in tax credit scholarships.

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