WALL STREET JOURNAL: Florida’s School Choice Showdown

REVIEW & OUTLOOK Florida's School Choice Showdown Charlie Crist dodges as unions attack his tax-credit scholarships. Wall Street Journal Sept. 12, 2014 6:39 p.m. ET 'There's no partisan politics about kids. It's all about doing what's right, first and foremost." So declared then Republican Governor Charlie Crist upon signing the nation's largest expansion of private K-12 scholarships in 2010. Now Mr. Crist is running to get his job back as a Democrat, and his new union friends are suing to…

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  • January 27, 2015

First WCS Scholarship

Wesleyan Christian School scored a first on Wednesday, January 21st. The school received a $3,500 scholarship from a statewide organization called the Opportunity Scholarship Fund.  Wesleyan Christian is the first northeastern Oklahoma school outside of Tulsa to receive such a scholarship. “We’re excited to get this scholarship,” said Rocky Clark, Wesleyan Christian School Superintendent. “It will go to a student who couldn’t have enrolled at our school without it. He’s an honors student, and is active in sports and fine…

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  • January 23, 2015

$324,000 in 2014

The schools of the OSF generated $324,000 in 2014. That was the amount reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission on January 10. The monies will be used by those schools for scholarships in 2015. Per the "rule" - about 20% of our schools (6) raised 80% of the funds. Given that our schools realistically had less that two months to operate - the results are very encouraging for a full year of outreach in 2015.

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  • January 20, 2015

Florida Parents

Published on Apr 6, 2010 (3 minutes) On March 24 in the courtyard of the State Capitol, 5,521 participants gathered for the nation's largest parental choice rally. They were there to fight for Tax Credit Scholarships for low-income schoolchildren, and they were treated to a politically and racially diverse lineup of speakers.

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  • January 11, 2015

OCPA PERSPECTIVE: GOP Voters Prefer School Choice …

Oklahoma GOP Voters Prefer School Choice Over Same Old, Same Old OCPA Perspective: August 2014 By Patrick B. McGuigan THE UNIONS AND OTHER FOES OF SCHOOL CHOICE ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY Two all-but-sainted gentlemen have stepped up to lead an Oklahoma exodus. Although neither has put it this way, "Let our children go" could be their mantra. These guys believe that in education policy, taxpayer resources should follow children, not bureaucratic dictates. God bless Tulsa businessman Bob…

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  • January 10, 2015

Why In Indiana?

Published on Feb 10, 2009 (2 minutes) Note: Indiana implemented this program in 2009 and launched in 2010. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the DC-based Institute for Justice are releasing a report showing the benefit that a Tax-Credit Scholarship program could bring to the state of Indiana. Here, Friedman President & CEO, Robert Enlow, explains simply why a program like this is good policy.

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  • January 4, 2015

Virginia Scholarships

Published Sep 21, 2011 (6 minutes) This promotional video was made in 2011. Virginia's Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program was enacted in 2012 and launched in 2013. The text accompanying the video is below: All Virginia parents should have the right to pick the best school for their child. Learn about the proposed Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit, which will enable low income children to receive the same educational benefits as students from higher income families through scholarships. Find out what…

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  • January 3, 2015

OCPA PERSPECTIVE: OSF Helping Students Find the Place Where They Learn Best

OSF Helping Students Find the Place Where They Learn Best By Charlie Daniels The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) recently held its annual Parental Choice Symposium in New Orleans—and in Tampa. I was invited to the symposium in my capacity as a board member of the newly formed Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF), which uses contributions creditable against state income tax to provide scholarships to private schools for low-income kids. The symposium convened at Loyola University in New Or-leans. Among the…

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  • January 1, 2015

Claremore Christian School

Claremore Christian School (Ryan Mullins) joined the OSF family this week.  Claremore Christian School has been serving families in northeast Oklahoma since 1984. We received our state accreditation from the International Christian Accrediting Association in 2004 and are a current member of the Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship. Our administrators serve as members for peer reviewed accrediting teams to other schools and many of our staff have been honored in the “Who’s Who’s of American Teachers”.  It is the goal…

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  • November 24, 2014