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ADVOCACY & EDUCATION

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence: ABCTE is committed to increasing the supply of highly qualified teachers essential for achieving student success. ABCTE is an alternative teacher certification agent.

The Center for Education Reform: CER is a national voice for more choices in education and more rigor in education programs, both of which are key to more effective schooling. It delivers practical, research-based information and assistance to a diverse audience--including parents, policy makers, and education reform groups--in taking actions to ensure that US schools are delivering a high quality education for all children in grades K-12.

Coalition for Self-Learning: Organized on the Internet in 1999, the Coalition's purpose, as its title implies, is to promote individually directed education.

First Class Education: It is a simple, intuitive and responsible solution: By the end of 2008, pass a law in all 50 States and the District of Columbia requiring every Schools District to spend at least 65% of its education operational budgets in classrooms for the benefit of teachers and kids.

Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation: The Friedman Foundation strives to educate parents, public policy makers and organizations about the desperate need for a shift of power to the disenfranchised parents of America who have limited choices and voices in the education of their children. The Foundation serves as an indispensable resource for parents and community groups who want parental choice in education, and are ready to fight for it.

Resources for Independent Thinking: RFIT provides information to help people think for themselves and increase critical thinking skills. They publish a periodical, Independent Thinking Review, put on workshops, seminars, and courses, and provide a mail-order book service of titles that encourage independent and critical thinking.

Separation of School and State Alliance: According to SepSchool, in order to improve education, "Honest Education" must be our priority--and the first step is that is to free the schools from politics. This means the separating schools from federal, state, and local government involvement in attendance, financing, content, and teaching methods.

LITIGATION

Institute for Justice: Through strategic litigation, training, communication and outreach, the Institute for Justice advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society. It litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties, and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government.

RESEARCH

The Cato Institute: Cato seeks solutions in the field of education that will clear the path for entrepreneurial activity and--at the same time--empowers parents. The researchers at Cato envision a day when state-run schools give way to a dynamic independent system of schools competing to meet the needs of every American child.

Harvard University Center for School Choice: The research of Harvard University's Caroline Hoxby, Paul E. Peterson, and William G. Howell, among others, has advanced the case for educational choice in our schools.

The Heartland Institute: Heartland's mission is to help build social movements in support of ideas that empower people. Such ideas include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government. Featured publication: School Reform News.

The Heritage Foundation: Heritage was founded in 1973, is a research and educational institute--a think tank--whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Featured report: Choices in Education 2005 Progress Report

Manhattan Institute Education Research Office: The Education Research Office of the Manhattan Institute produces high-quality academic research on U.S. education issues, including school choice policies and other aspects of education reform.

National Center for Policy Analysis: NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. Topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.

UnionStats.com: Through an Internet data resource, the Membership and Coverage Database provides private and public sector membership, coverage, and density estimates compiled from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly household survey.