Why Protesters of Betsy DeVos Can’t Understand What She’s Talking About

Why Protesters of Betsy DeVos Can’t Understan

By Steve Buckstein What would you do if you read an article about an Oregon public high school whose students seemed to be performing well above state averages? If you’re U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, you’d hop on a plane and...

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Choice Thinking: Why does the public ignore, distort or reject school choice facts and arguments?

Choice Thinking: Why does the public ignore,

by Richard Meinhard, Ph.D. and Steve Buckstein September 10, 2001 (contact information updated in 2016)   Abstract A powerful, yet flawed perspective grips the public mind such that it ignores, distorts, and rejects schoo...

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When Is a Health Care Tax Not a Tax?

When Is a Health Care Tax Not a Tax?

By Steve Buckstein Oregon state legislators who voted for you to pay higher health insurance premiums and higher hospital costs don’t want you to think you’ll be paying more because they raised taxes. In their words, they aren’t raising...

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“Shuffling” Is for Playing Cards, Not School Kids

“Shuffling” Is for Playing Cards, Not School

By Kathryn Hickok Portland Public Schools is redrawing the boundaries of more than a dozen schools and reassigning 5,000 students, ten percent of its enrollment. According to The Oregonian: “To make sure no school ends up understaffed o...

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Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution Shouldn’t Be at Odds

Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution

By Lydia White Last week the Idaho Department of State Lands and the U.S. Forest Service signed ten agreements to allow logging and restoration on federal forest land, including land managed to benefit Idaho public schools by means of t...

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Too Late to Fix PERS by Fooling Oregonians

By Scott Shepard Governor Kate Brown’s task force, assigned to find ways to cut Oregon’s yawning unfunded PERS pension liability, is approaching its November 1 reporting deadline. Governor Brown is relatively new at her job, so perhaps ...

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On 25th Anniversary, Charter Schools Have Muc

By Kathryn Hickok America’s charter school movement celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. Since the first charter school opened in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992, the number of charters nationwide has grown to about 7,000, serving th...

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Health Care Tax Would Hurt Middle Class

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Many Oregonians are now spending as much on health insurance and health care as they are on their mortgage payments. The Oregon legislature recently passed House Bill 2391 (signed by Governor Kate Brown) that will ...

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