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Jason Bedrick

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    Jason Bedrick is a Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus in education policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His thesis, “Choosing to Learn,” assessed the scholarship tax credit programs operating in eight states including their impact of student performance, fiscal impact, program design, and popularity.


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Fact-Checking the Sun-Sentinel on School Choice

The Sun-Sentinel’s anti-school choice editorial rests on faulty evidence.

12/04/2014

How Self-Driving Cars Will Enable Greater School Choice

Transportation is a significant roadblock to exercising educational choice, but a new technology promises to greatly expand the number of schools that are logistically feasible for students to attend.

09/09/2014

Don’t Blame School Choice for Philly’s School Funding Fiasco

What’s really driving Philadelphia’s budget woes? The same growth mismanagement plaguing Pennsylvania statewide.

08/22/2014

Private Schools Should Learn from Charter Schools Without Adopting their Regulatory Scheme

Do we really want government agencies to oversee and regulate private schools that participate in choice programs?

07/15/2014

Design Matters: The Future of School Choice

Policymakers should learn from other states’ experience when designing their own scholarship tax credit laws.

07/09/2014

Americans Want Choice, Not Government Mandates

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.

06/27/2014

What Education Reformers Can Learn from Kosher Certification

Can we have standards without the government imposing them?

04/07/2014

Cutting the Tie Between Education and Housing

Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.

03/27/2014

WaPo Blogger Wrong About School Choice… Again

Still more things wrong with the latest attack on a proposed expansion of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

03/20/2014

Low-Income Parents Highly Satisfied with New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tax Credits

Families participating in New Hampshire’s pioneering scholarship tax credit program report near-universal levels of satisfaction because it enables them to choose the best educational fit for their children.

03/07/2014

Pounding the Table, Not the Facts, on School Choice

In this factually-challenged attack on school choice, two lawyers at the UNC Center for Civil Rights do a great deal of table pounding.

02/25/2014

The Common Coring of Private Schools

Though Fordham’s accountability plan for voucher schools is well-intentioned, their justifications are unpersuasive and their proposal is more likely to do harm than good.

01/17/2014

New Study Completely Undermines DOJ’s Anti-School Choice Lawsuit

It’s long past time for the U.S. Department of Justice to drop its embarrassing lawsuit which would keep black kids in failing schools.

11/12/2013

Politico Distorts Evidence on School Choice

School choice programs raise student achievement, save money, and are supported by the public. But you wouldn’t know that if you only read Politico.

10/08/2013

Study Shows Louisiana’s Choice Program Improves Racial Integration

In the name of civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to keep low-income black students in Louisiana from attending the schools of their choice. However, new research shows that Louisiana’s school choice program improves racial integration.

10/03/2013

The Role of Profit in Education

A response to Diane Ravitch

09/18/2013

How Transparent Is Your State’s Department of Education?

State departments of education routinely understate the cost of public schools and often fail to report key spending categories.

08/28/2013

Teachers Union Poll Is Not Credible

The AFT’s poll supposedly shows that American parents don’t support education reform. That’s because some of the AFT’s questions were designed to push respondents into giving the answers the AFT wanted.

07/23/2013

New Hampshire Court’s School Choice Decision was Flawed and Unprecedented

Last week, a New Hampshire trial court declared that the state’s nascent scholarship tax credit (STC) program could not fund students attending religious schools.

06/24/2013

The Continuing Debate Over Scholarship Tax Credits

Over the past week, I have enjoyed engaging in a spirited debate over STC programs with Professor Kevin Welner of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

03/08/2013

Rejoinder to Washington Post’s Primer on Private School Tax Credits

The debate over scholarship tax credit (STC) programs continues.

03/04/2013

Yes, Valerie, School Choice Does Help Poor Kids

Yesterday, WaPo’s Valerie Strauss accused scholarship tax credit (STC) programs of operating as Reverse Robin Hoods, robbing from the poor to give to the rich.

03/01/2013

New York Times’ Hit Job on Tax Credits

Earlier this week, Stephanie Saul of the New York Times launched a full frontal assault on scholarship tax credit (STC) programs, accusing them of failing to help low-income students, draining public schools of needed funding, and of using public money for private purposes. However, these accusations are based on isolated anecdotes and flawed logic that do not reflect reality.

05/25/2012
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