Saturday, January 23, 2016

Another reminder that school-choice policy matters

"In news that should encourage those who care about education, and especially about giving a quality education to the poorest among us, Oklahoma City could soon be home to a Cristo Rey high school," The Oklahoman notes today.
Cristo Rey schools provide a private, Catholic, college-preparatory education to inner-city students who would normally never get to attend private school. In Cristo Rey's unique model, students attend classes four days a week, and work a job the fifth day. Wages earned go toward the student's tuition and cover up to 70 percent of the cost; the remainder comes from the student's family (with rates based on income) and private fundraising. ... 
Oklahoma City was chosen as a Cristo Rey site, in part, because the state offers a sizable tax credit to organizations that provide scholarships to low-income students and because enactment of education savings accounts is under consideration. Just another reminder that good policy can translate into increased opportunity for all Oklahomans.

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