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Representative Matt Wingard Testimony opposing SB 34 on Video

Senate Bill 34 gives TriMet authority to increase payroll taxes. Watch Representative Wingard’s compelling testimony here.

SB 34 passed the House on a 32 to 28 vote.

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Say It Isn’t So, Barack

Matt WingardCascade Commentary

Summary

African-Americans support school choice at a rate higher than any other ethnic group. A recent Harvard poll showed 67% of blacks support school choice for low-income students and 52% support vouchers for all children in failing public schools. Yet, presidential candidate Barack Obama recently refused to stand up for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program as Congress threatened to end it. (more…)

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Will Congress Put African-American Students in the Back of the Bus?

Matt WingardCascade Commentary

Summary

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program enjoys broad bipartisan support, yet Congress is about to end this life-saving chance for a better future for 1,900 District children. Educational opportunity for all students, especially for the most disadvantaged, should not be allowed to be a partisan issue. (more…)

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In Oregon, Words Matter, Results Don’t

Matt WingardQuickPoint!

Does planning have to work to be successful?

We Oregonians believe many myths about ourselves that just don’t happen to be true. As a visioning group created by the Governor put it not too long ago: We Love Dreamers!

For instance, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently came to town and congratulated Portland on reducing its carbon emissions to 1990 levels. Portland has asked for and received world-wide recognition for (more…)

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How Much Does Oregon Spend Per Student?

Matt WingardCascade Commentary

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Calculating the true per-student cost of public education in Oregon is complicated, but taxpayers have a right to expect government to be transparent about spending and to provide honest figures — calculated from a taxpayer’s perspective. (more…)

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Whose Interests Does the Board of Education Serve?

Matt WingardQuickPoint!

Recently, the Oregon Board of Education took up the issue of whether and how to regulate online or “virtual” charter schools. A state law, passed in 2005 at the request of the teachers union, places severe restrictions on virtual charter schools that would essentially prevent them from operating without a waiver from the Board. The law gives the Board the power to set the conditions under which any online charter school can operate.

After much deliberation, the Board decided last week to (more…)

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The Katrina Miracle

Matt WingardCascade Commentary

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A Portland delegation saw what real education reform looks like on a recent visit to the Big Easy. (more…)

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The Financial Impact of Regulation? Almost Half Your Home Price

Matt WingardQuickPoint!

A recent study suggested that nearly half of the cost of a home in the Seattle area is due to land-use regulations.

The study, by University of Washington Economics professor Theo Eicher, was highlighted in a recent article in the Seattle Times.

Professor Eicher’s research shows that the (more…)

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No Love for Charter Schools

Matt WingardQuickPoint!

The Portland Public School Board recently denied all four requests from charter school applicants who wanted to offer more options for Portland children in the 2008-09 school year.

The Willamette Week described the meeting this way:

Charter schools got no love Monday night from Portland Public Schools’ Board of Education. The board unanimously rejected four new charter applications in a two-hour smackdown that (more…)

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The Public Knows Something Is Wrong with Education … and It’s Not Lack of Money

Matt WingardQuickPoint!

Contrary to what the interest groups who run our public education system keep saying, the general public understands their schools aren’t all that they could be. A recent nationwide poll of 1,000 adults by The Economist Magazine reveals an interesting picture of how voters feel about public education.

Only 13% say “Too little money” is the most important problem (more…)

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