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Give Parents a Choice + Students a Chance

Mom of 3 Testifies Before Congress on Pandemic Learning Loss

South Carolina mom and IWF Storyteller Denise Ladson Johnson details her family's story of learning loss during the pandemic and why parents need more leverage and choice in education.

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

Costs & Accessiblity

Fact.

Americans deserve more high-quality options for health coverage.
  • Universal care, not coverage, should be the goal of health policy. Sadly, a public option in health care will result in fewer high-quality private options for health insurance.
  • Private health insurance and other private payment arrangements offer better access to a wider network of providers, thus offering more timely and better care.
  • We should work toward offering more Americans these superior options, rather than an inferior public option. 

By: Hadley Heath Manning

Community

Fact.

The murder spike corresponded with a reduction in proactive policing.
  • The most dramatic increase in murders began after the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Cities across America went through the same cycle: Rioting and anti-cop agitation precipitated a police pullback, which precipitated a sharp uptick in homicides and shootings.
  • We have witnessed a more intense and far-reaching version of what happened in many U.S. cities after the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or what happened in Baltimore after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray: a reduction in proactive policing, followed by an explosion of violence.

By: Rachel DiCarlo Currie

Foreign Affairs

Fact.

America's humilation in Afghanistan sends a signal of weakness and bad faith.
  • President Biden can boast that he ended U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, but he did so at immense human cost to Afghans who had placed their trust in America.
  • Biden talks a lot about rallying America’s democratic allies, but he failed to consult with allied forces who still had some 7,500 of their own service members in the country — forcing a scramble to get them out.
  • Biden’s helter-skelter withdrawal turned into a degradation of America’s global standing, in effect a surrender.

By: Claudia Rosett

Culture

Fact.

States are expanding educational options.
  • Public school enrollment decreased by 3% during the last school year. Homeschooling rates doubled to over 11% of the total school-aged population. Families in areas with perpetually closed public schools, but fully open private schools, eagerly transferred their children.
  • State legislators recognized the soaring demand for educational options, and expanded or created new school choice programs in 20 states in 2021.
  • School choice policies empower parents, rather than school board officials or district bureaucrats, to direct their children’s education.

By: Ginny Gentles

Community

Fact.

We need a systemic approach to stop Critical Race Theory.
  • Under the cloak of buzzwords like “anti-racism”, equity, and inclusion, Critical Race Theory has seeped into America’s most powerful institutions. As a result, efforts to beat it back will also need to be — in the favorite word of CRT scholars — systemic.
  • Different institutions captured by the ideology, including education, government, corporations and the media, will require different strategies to purge the influence of CRT.
  • E pluribus unum — “out of many, one” — isn’t just a motto of the United States that appears on our Great Seal, but presents our greatest challenge. CRT directs the country away from forming a “more perfect Union” between citizens of all racial backgrounds.

By: Inez Feltscher Stepman

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Title IX, Male-Bodied Athletes, and the Threat to Women’s Sports

As the number of male-bodied athletes seeking to compete on women’s teams and in women’s events grows, the risks to female athletes also grow. In our new, free report titled, "Competition" you'll find the scientific, legal, and anecdotal evidence you need to back up this conclusion. Help us protect female athletes.

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