Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Education

February 2018

Meet Isaac ...
Meet Isaac ... — Today, more than 3,300 at-risk Virginia children receive more than $10.6 million in scholarships from the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit to attend a better school.  Want to know how it works?  More than 210,000 Virginians have watched this short video laying it all out -- and telling you how you can get involved!  Click Here!

February 2017

Fight to Help Underserved Children Playing out in Richmond
Fight to Help Underserved Children Playing out in Richmond — Virginia's public school system is among the nation's best, but there remain geographic pockets of underserved children.  Of the 94 schools denied accreditation, 55 percent are in just five school divisions.  Eleven schools have repeatedly been denied accreditation -- one of them for 11 years!  To help solve the problem, Delegate Steve Landes and Senator Mark Obenshain have introduced legislation providing a pathway for establishment of quality public charter schools to help children in those areas.  The Jefferson Institute has been in the forefront of educating and informing the General Assembly and the public about the benefits of quality charter schools.

Watch the WRIC Report Here.

Read Chris Braunlich's Commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Read the Washington Post editorial endorsing charter schools.

January 2017

Tax Credit Scholarships Help Children Succeed
Tax Credit Scholarships Help Children Succeed — Virginia's Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit helped more than 2,400 children get a better education last year.  In states with a higher tax credit, even more children are helped, and their stories are amazing examples of perseverance and communities coming together.  One such story belongs to Denisha Merriweather, in Jacksonville, Florida.  Virginia has its own stories, too ... and we'll be telling you those stories in the months to come.  Watch Denisha's story here!

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