The Center for Educational Progress


The Center for Educational Progress exists to promote education policies that emphasize parental involvement and innovations to meet the unique needs of every child.

Obtaining a quality education necessary to civilize youth, inspire effective citizenship, and maintain freedom requires informed and direct parental involvement and, very often, deep community support. Parents must be called upon and challenged to exercise their fundamental liberty interest to provide for the upbringing and education of their children – theirs is a prior right and must receive deference in Utah law and policy. Local control of Utah’s public schools must trump the efforts of special interests to control the manner and substance of education. Effective education policies will move away from the antiquated practices of standardization, toward the realization that each child is a unique learner, and that only modern technologies and diverse pedagogies will meet the needs of all children.

Key Areas of Focus for The Center for Educational Progress

  • Encourage parental involvement and responsibility
  • Expand educational opportunities for struggling students and their families
  • Reduce the influence of special interests — especially unions and administrative associations
  • Promote citizenship through character and civic education
  • Protect the fundamental liberty interest of parents
  • Encourage the use of new and innovative technologies to transcend mediocrity
  • Promote student mobility within a seamless system of schooling options
  • End the practice of standardized assessments and “one-size-fits-all” learning
  • Encourage innovative, flexible, and accountable local governance and financing
Related Articles
  • Video: Ollie and the Train: The Digital Learning Revolution
  • Mero Moment: UHSAA’s unelected quasi-bureaucrats
  • City Views 07/30/12: Common Core/Olympics Update
  • Sutherland Institute Sets Record Straight on Common Core
  • Common Core: Is It Best for Utah Children?
  • Executive Summary: Common Core
  • 8 Ways to Enhance Digital Learning in Utah Schools
  • Two school board veterans get the boot

Pioneer Institute is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government.

By producing research almost exclusively through outside experts, Pioneer ensures credibility, remaining focused on what we do best — developing a strategic research and programs agenda for issues we believe in. We are a resource for legislators on Beacon Hill and for staff in the State’s executive offices, and we attract more press than any other research institute in Massachusetts.

The application of free markets is not a conservative nor even a libertarian dictum. Markets work. Over the past half-century, governments of all political persuasions have used markets to provide more effective and efficient services.

We do not accept government grants, are not attached to a university, and do not do contract research. Instead, we address the issues we believe to be most pressing in the context of our mission. We are supported in our efforts by individuals and foundations who believe in our mission and in our ability to fulfill it.