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  • signed Sign the Petition 2020-07-29 13:11:28 -0700

    Sign the Petition

     for School Choice in California

    The California School Choice Foundation

    Your signing this petition will:

    1. Let us stay in touch.

    2. Inform you of special events.

    3. Allow us to send you breaking news on School Choice.

    4. Learn about opportunities to get involved.

    5. Tell politicians and our donors that the people of California care about our children and their future.

    Your Kids--Your Money--Your Choice!

    California School Choice Foundation is a California Nonprofit Corporation.  Application for certification of tax-exempt status under IRS 501(c)(4) pending.  Contributions are not currently tax-deductible.

    502 signatures

    We the undersigned find and declare all of the following:

    • Our future depends on the education of our children from kindergarten through high school and, for those students who desire it, the completion of college or vocational education.

    • Yet many parents feel trapped by under-performing schools and without any ability to save for college and/or vocational training.

    • The State of California currently spends about $17,000 per pupil on K–12 public education, including federal, state, and local funds and over $97 billion to educate about 6,000,000 children in public schools. The State provides most of the money for schools pursuant to the minimum funding guarantee in the California Constitution (Proposition 98), about $12,000 per pupil per year.

    • Some public schools are excellent, and some are simply terrible. Overall pupil performance, measured in any number of ways, shows decline, not improvement. Yet per-pupil spending by the state has increased by more than $5000 in the last decade. This fact proves that just more money is not the answer to our education problem.

    • There are many nonprofit private schools and public charter schools that provide quality education to our children, usually at much lower cost per pupil than the state.

    • Parents, not the government, should have the right to choose what educational opportunities are best for their children and to set aside any savings derived from that choice for their children’s college or vocational education.

    • For parents to have choice in their child’s education, there must be a variety of educational options within their community – including but not limited to public, charter, private, parochial schools, and homeschooling.

    • When schools compete with one another for student enrollment and education dollars, the quality of education will improve, and innovation will take place.

    Therefore, we hereby petition for the passage of School Choice legislation in California to do all of the following:

    • Create an Education Savings Account for each school age child in every district across the state, upon the request of that child’s parents.

    • Fund the Education Savings Account with the amount the state designates each year per pupil for K-12 public education, currently about $12,000 at no additional cost to taxpayers.

    • Empower parents to use the funds in the Education Savings Account to enroll, pay tuition and/or other eligible education expenses for each child in any eligible school of their choice.

    • Allow any unused funds in the Education Savings Account at the end of the school year to be rolled over tax-free for future school years, and upon graduation from high school, allow any savings in the child’s account to be used for college and/or vocational education expenses.

    • Restrict the State from imposing any condition on the eligibility of any private school, college, or university to receive funds other than current accreditation and safety standards applicable to all private schools operating in California.
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  • published ARK Church of Redlands in San Bernardino Sign Ups 2020-06-13 12:44:27 -0700

    ARK Church of Redlands

    Members of the ARK Church of Redlands

    The California School Choice Foundation is dedicated to bringing more choices in education to all K-12 students. 

    We are working to see that all children can go to the government, private and parochial school of their choice by bringing the free market into education. Imagine every K-12 student having $12,500 each year into their very own Education Savings Account to help pay tuition.

    But wait there's more!

    Home School students share accumulates.

    Imagine having $120,000

    waiting for your child to be used for college or vocational training after they graduate.

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  • Parents are Finding That They Enjoy This Taste of Homeschooling

    Kerry McDonald, Senior Education Fellow
    Foundation for Economic Education

    More than 50 million US students have been away from school and learning at home for the past two months as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the country. Despite the social distancing, isolation, and uncertainty that all of us are experiencing, and that is understandably taking a toll on mental health, a surprising number of parents are finding that they enjoy this taste of homeschooling and want to continue even after the pandemic.

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  • published School choice ascending in Blog 2020-05-19 11:36:47 -0700

    School choice ascending

    By Larry Sand
    May 19, 2020

    As traditional public schools grapple with the effects of Covid-19, many parents are awakening to school choice. 

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  • published What are Failing School Programs? in School Choice FAQ 2020-05-17 12:41:36 -0700

    What are Failing School Programs?

    FAILING SCHOOLS QUALIFICATIONS

    Answer

    Failing schools programs help students stuck in or assigned to persistently failing public schools. These programs allow students to attend the private or public school of their parents’ choice, providing immediate educational options to students. Eight of the nation’s fifty private school choice programs are failing schools programs.

  • published How do Voucher programs work? in School Choice FAQ 2020-05-17 11:51:30 -0700

    How do Voucher programs work?

    VOUCHER PROGRAMS

    School voucher programs allow education dollars to “follow the child” to the private school of their parents’ choice.

    Answer

    Voucher programs allow education dollars to "follow the child," enabling parents to select private schools and receive state-funded scholarships to pay tuition. These scholarships are usually targeted to students who come from low-income families, have special needs or currently attend a failing public school. Research has demonstrated that vouchers increase student achievement, boost graduation rates, and help public schools improve. They also lead to high parental satisfaction rates.

  • What are Education Savings Account programs?

    ESA's

    EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROGRAMS

    Education savings account programs give parents the power to use their children's state education dollars for a variety of educational purposes.

    Answer

    Education savings account programs create personal accounts that store a child’s state education dollars. With ESAs, parents can use education dollars to pay for school tuition and fees, textbooks, tutoring and special therapies and other approved expenses, so a child's education is truly customizable. Participating families are able to choose the best education for their children through multiple providers.

  • National Poll: 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool After Lockdowns End

    A RealClear Opinion Research survey of 2,122 registered voters shows that support for educational choice is strong, and that a significant portion of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after the lockdowns end. The results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice and 69% support the federal Education Freedom Scholarships proposal.

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  • published Content Pages 2020-05-14 10:42:54 -0700

    Content Pages

  • A Pandemic is a Perfect Time to Restore Education

    By Rebecca Friedrichs
    Published in Washington Examiner

    May 4, 2020
     

    The COVID 19 pandemic is exposing what many have known for decades: Our education system is broken. But the situation also presents us with a silver lining: the opportunity to uncover the damaging influences and restore education.

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  • California Test Scores Plunge:Common Core Likely Culprit

    Lance Izumi

    The results of the 2019 National Assessment for Educational Progress, often called the “Nation’s Report Card,” came out recently and California’s scores once again tanked, with one of the likely causes being the national Common Core standards and aligned curricula.

    The NAEP exam, which is given every two years, tests students in fourth and eighth grade, and is measured on a 500-point scale with student performance categorized as advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic.

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  • What You Should Know About California Sex Education

    Here’s What You Should Know About California Sex Education

    Mary Margaret Olohan on July 8, 2019

    • The California Board of Education, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU created and implement a progressive sex education and gender theory agenda.
    • Students are shown sexually explicit content from kindergarten through 12th grade. 
    • Topics include fisting, blood play, masturbation, oral sex, and more.  

    The California Board of Education implemented progressive sex and gender education curriculum in public schools across the state, regardless, in some cases, of parental knowledge or consent.

    Progressive groups, including Planned Parenthood, collaborated on AB-329 in 2016 and the recently introduced Health Education Framework in May as highlighted by a video created by the conservative group, Our Watch.

    Both these pieces of education legislation mandate that school districts require sex ed and encourage students to question their parents on sexual topics – topics explored in the kindergarten through 12th grade sex education curricula implemented in California schools.

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  • published Pensions in the time of a pandemic in Blog 2020-05-07 16:05:33 -0700

    Pensions in the time of a pandemic

    The California Policy Center

    By Larry Sand
    May 5, 2020

    Willfully blind to the reality of the fiscal impact of Covid-19, the teachers union is demanding billions from the already beleaguered American taxpayer.

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  • Quick Guide: Understanding California charter schools

    CHARTER SCHOOLS

    What are charter schools, who runs them and how are they different from traditional public schools?

    Charter schools are public schools that get funding from the state and have greater flexibility in hiring, curriculum, management and other aspects of their operations. Unlike traditional public schools that are run by school districts with an elected school board and a board-appointed superintendent, most charter schools are run by organizations with their own self-appointed boards.

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  • Say "No" to Harvard: Keep Home School Freedom for Kids

    A professor’s call for banning homeschooling has resurrected old criticisms.

    Spource- https://hslda.org/post/say-no-to-harvard-keep-homeschool-freedom-for-kids

    J. Michael Smith

    President
    April 29, 2020
    An upcoming summit being sponsored by Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet features a lineup of homeschool critics who apparently plan to discuss how to reverse the freedom homeschoolers have gained over the last 40 years. 

    Many of the speakers and panelists have stated that they believe parents have too much autonomy and that “children’s rights” are not being adequately protected by the state. 

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  • signed up on Join 2020-06-03 17:10:49 -0700

    Join

    We are Working for Their Future

    It's going take a big effort. 

     1. Government Education has been failing our children.

     2. Pouring more money into the failing schools has not worked.

     3. Letting parents decide where their children attend school has. 

    After all. It's Your Money, Your Children and should be Your Choice.

    Join us and stay informed.

    The California School Choice Foundation

    California School Choice Foundation is a California Nonprofit Corporation.  Application for certification of tax-exempt status under IRS 501(c)(4) pending.  Contributions are not currently tax-deductible.

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  • Pandemic Exposes Education Scandal: Parents Find Out Kids Can’t Write!

    Now that children are home, still doing school work parents learning a hard lesson.  In this article, the lesson learned is that government education has not helped our kids from learning to write.  From conversations I have heard parents shocked that kids can not do basic math.  We already know that like the old Soviet Union, our government schools teach revisionist history.  The good news is that this crisis will cause people to take kids out of government schools—either to private schools or charter schools.

    The better news is that parents will not vote for more money for government schools until they are reformed and return to education facilities not indoctrination centers.

     

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  • Study Finds Historic Drop in National Reading and Math Scores Since Adoption of Common Core Curriculum Standards

    Lower performing students hardest hit

    BOSTON - As we approach the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the United States De-partment of Education in May, shocking trends in student performance should lead us to recon-sider the federal role in education and whether the initiative for policymaking should be returned to local schools, communities, and states.

     

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  • published Resources in Home School 2020-04-23 14:54:39 -0700

    Resources for Home School Parents

    Yes, You Can Home School!

    There Are Many Organizations and Support Groups for Home Schooling

    Here Are a Few

     

    Just Click the name below.

    1. Home Schooling Advocates

    Give Them the Freedom to Learn & Grow

    We believe every child is unique. That children should learn in ways that meet their needs. And that you want the best for your child. Homeschooling gives you the freedom to personalize their education so they can realize their potential.

    HSLDA passionately advocates for the freedom to homeschool and offers support for every stage of your homeschool journey.

     

    Considering Homeschooling

    2. Chea of California

    Why Families Homeschool

    California parents choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons: academic, social, and religious. Whatever the reason, parents are qualified, and the best teachers for their own children. Read more

    (Chea of California has a valuable question and answer section.)  Click to see Q&A

    To see Chea's upcoming special events Click Here

    3. Home School Community Foundation

    Established in 2019 by the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership, a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, the Homeschool Community Foundation was created to fund innovative projects that increase the cultural impact of homeschooling.

     

     

    4. Family Protection ministries

     "Defending the freedom of parents to train, educate, and care for their children privately, without governmental interference"

     

     

     

    5. Pacific Justice Institute

    “Through our dedicated attorneys and supporters, we defend the rights of countless individuals, families and churches…without charge.” – Brad Dacus

     

     

    6. California Home School Network

     California Homeschool Network is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the fundamental right of parents to educate their children. Our website provides information about CHN, current state and federal legislation affecting homeschooling families, and how to get started educating your children at home.

    HSC Homeschooling associations of california

    WELCOME TO HSC

    The Homeschool Association of California is a nonprofit volunteer-run homeschool organization.  HSC is here to help you navigate the homeschooling world with information, networking, and support. 

     

     

    Public School Exit

    8. Public School Exit

    “It is time for the fraudulent ‘education system’ to be exposed and
    replaced with real education before even more children
    are irreparably harmed — and the nation itself is destroyed.”

    — Freedom Project Media

     

     

     

     

     

    The California School Choice Foundation is not affiliated with or responsible for services or advice given by any of the organizations linked above. Their opinions are strictly their own. 

     

    Watch for more to come.

    Very Soon This Could be Your Family

     

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