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  • Commentary posted November 8, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett ED110802: A Choice Future

    The big winners on Election Day weren't politicians. They were students. That's because many of the politicians who won -- Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Senator-elect James Talent of Missouri, to name just two -- are vocal supporters of school choice. Coming only a few months after the Supreme Court confirmed the constitutionality of school choice, the election…

  • Backgrounder posted August 23, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett Why Congress Should Reject the Failed Sex-Education Agenda in theBaucus Bill

    Teenage sexual activity is a major national problem that contributes to the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional and psychological injuries, and out-of-wedlock childbearing. Significantly, President George Bush has endorsed abstinence education as an effective means of reducing early sexual activity and providing a foundation…

  • Backgrounder posted August 23, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett Why Congress Should Reject the Failed Sex-Education Agenda in theBaucus Bill

    Teenage sexual activity is a major national problem that contributes to the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional and psychological injuries, and out-of-wedlock childbearing. Significantly, President George Bush has endorsed abstinence education as an effective means of reducing early sexual activity and providing a foundation…

  • Commentary posted August 6, 2002 by Patrick Fagan, Jennifer Garrett Dollars for Daycare, Pennies for Marriage?

    Getting Congress to approve $4.3 billion in federal childcare subsidies -- atop the $12 billion in federal and state funds we already spend annually -- wasn't hard. In fact, it was so easy that some members want to add $8 billion more. Few lawmakers question spending this large sum, despite numerous studies that show institutionalized daycare -- even that…

  • Commentary posted June 26, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett School Choice: A Lesson in Hypocrisy

    Pity the low-income parents who have children trapped in failing schools.They want their sons and daughters to get a decent education, but they lack the means to make that happen. They watch Congress repeatedly reject school-choice measures such as tuition vouchers. The Supreme Court is expected to rule any day now on whether an Ohio voucher program is constitutional…

  • Backgrounder posted June 13, 2002 by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., Jennifer Garrett Restoring a Culture of Marriage

    President George W. Bush has taken the first bold step in reshaping federal policy to address the root cause of many of society's ills: the breakdown of the married, two-parent family. Specifically, he has requested nearly $300 million a year in the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Act for efforts that promote marriage. Though…

  • Backgrounder posted May 22, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett Another Look at How Members of Congress Exercise School Choice

    President George W. Bush is a strong supporter of school choice for parents. In the budget he recently submitted, the President called for a $50 million school choice demonstration project and a tax credit for parents whose children are trapped in failing schools. The issue will gain more attention now that the Supreme Court has taken up the constitutionality of…

  • WebMemo posted March 22, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett Let Them Eat Their Words … Marriage Reduces Poverty

    The Alternatives to Marriage Project (ATMP) and several women's groups oppose President Bush's plan to include marriage promotion in welfare reauthorization, claiming that marriage promoting policies harm more children and families than they help. Their newly released report, "Let Them Eat Wedding Rings: The Role Of Marriage Promotion in Welfare Reform," comments…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2002 by Jennifer Garrett With School Choice, Everyone Wins

    The thorny issue of school vouchers is back before the Supreme Court, and you know what that means: Every desperate argument against giving parents a choice over where they send their children to school is back before the public. One of the most persistent is "skimming" -- the notion that school choice harms the children left behind because only the best, most…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2001 by Jennifer Garrett Tolerance for Terrorists?

    How many times in the last several weeks have you heard or read sentences that begin, "If we've learned nothing else since Sept. 11, we've learned …?" We've learned a lot. About Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. About anthrax in the mail. About "smart bombs" and the geography of countries half a world away. About keeping a closer eye on those we let on airplanes,…

  • Executive Summary posted May 16, 2001 by Jennifer Garrett Executive Summary: Progress on School Choice in the States

    The movement to enable more parents to choose the schools their children attend is gaining ground. Last year, presidential and congressional candidates brought much-needed attention to the problems plaguing public education. President George W. Bush made school choice an important element of his education platform "to leave no child behind." And a growing body of…

  • Backgrounder posted May 16, 2001 by Jennifer Garrett Progress on School Choice in the States

    The school choice movement to enable more parents, particularly low-income parents, to choose the schools their children attend is gaining ground. As presidential and congressional candidates hotly debated this issue last year, they brought much-needed attention to the problems plaguing public education today and heightened the interest in choice in both…

  • Commentary posted April 25, 2001 by Jennifer Garrett Look Who's Supporting School Choice Now

    No wonder the California Teachers Association was howling. Ray Haynes actually wanted them to practice what they preach. Haynes, a Republican state senator from California, recently introduced legislation in Sacramento that would have required public school teachers to send their children to public schools. Teachers cried out in opposition from the Redwood forests…

  • Commentary posted June 16, 2000 by Nina Shokraii Rees, Jennifer Garrett School-Choice Hypocrites

    School-choice bills keep foundering in Congress. Yet many of the lawmakers denying poor children a chance to escape failing public schools send their own kids to private schools. Earlier this year, we surveyed members of Congress on school choice. Eighty-six percent of House members responded, as did 93 of the 100 senators. Among respondents with school-age…

  • Backgrounder posted June 13, 2000 by Nina Shokrail Rees, Jennifer Garrett How Members of Congress Practice School Choice

    One of the most controversial proposals for educational reform in America today is school choice. To most Americans, allowing parents to send their children to a school of choice may seem fundamental to efforts to ensure that children receive the best education; yet the right to do so continues to be hotly debated in the political arena. Indeed, while surveys show…