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For American families and students today, education provides a pathway to the realization of their aspirations and a realization of their dignity. Right now, public education achieves neither end. The key to a better education system, one that serves both America and Americans, is advancing policies that puts American families first, including choice. That’s exactly what the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) is here to achieve. AFPI will formulate educational policies that provide educational opportunity for all American families. This means putting parents and students—not bureaucracies, unions, or politicians—in charge of the education of America’s next generation. AFPI aims to restore our system of public education to its original, legitimate purpose: educating and raising the next generation of Americans, facilitating their dreams—and our prosperity.

AFPI aims to restore our system of public education to its original, legitimate purpose: educating and raising the next generation of Americans, facilitating their dreams, and our prosperity. Providing a high-quality education with opportunities that benefit every student will create greater outcomes for our next generation.

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Policy | February 21, 2024

MODEL SCHOOL BOARD RESOLUTION - Condemning Jew-Hatred and Fighting Holocaust Denial

Over the last decade and particularly since the October 7 massacre in Israel, reports of antisemitism throughout American society, including in public schools, have skyrocketed. Manifestations of antisemitism in elementary and secondary schools include physical assault, bullying, and intimidation. Holocaust denial and calls for the elimination of Israel and the slaughter of Jews have also become alarmingly commonplace.

Research Report | January 29, 2024

Accountability in America’s Public Schools

Despite mandated accountability measures to foster academic improvement, student academic perfor-mance in public schools has reached a 30-year low. Students consistently fall below proficiency levels set by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in core subjects.

Fact Sheet | January 5, 2024

California School Choice Solutions

School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic had devastating effects on the educational progress of American schoolchildren, revealed deep inadequacies of the public-school monopoly, and left families feeling powerless about setting the direction of their children’s education.

Fact Sheet | January 5, 2024

Pennsylvania School Choice Solutions

School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic had devastating effects on the educational progress of American schoolchildren, revealed deep inadequacies of the public-school monopoly, and left families feeling powerless about setting the direction of their children’s education.

Issue Brief | December 14, 2023

Policy Actions to Expand Pathways for High School Graduates

While many lucrative pathways are available to high school graduates, most continue to opt for college degrees, including some who are not well served by a college education.

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