MISSION & VISION: Our mission is to return government to the people by opposing special interest public policy and advancing proven free-market solutions that can transform lives through economic competiveness, educational opportunity and individual freedom. Our vision is to see Rhode Island as a destination of choice to raise a family and build a career, with a thriving business climate, abundant jobs, and a world-class education system.


STATE THINK TANK: As the only free-enterprise public policy “think tank” in the state, our Center for Freedom provides timely research and analysis on important issues in RI, and is a proud member of the State Policy Network, working closely with over 60 other state-based affiliates.

CHANGING LIVES: Our plan is to relentlessly promote free-market solutions to solve the critical economic and educational issues we face at the state and local levels, so as to return prosperity to our Rhode Island citizens … and to transform lives for the better!

COALITION BUILDING: Our Center hosts regular meetings attended by key reform and taxpayer advocacy groups in the state. These meetings provide an important forum where information is shared and where concepts for cooperative outreach and grassroots advocacy are hatched.


 

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Center to Participate in Legislative Press Conference on School Choice Legislation

Center to Participate in Legislative Press Conference on School Choice Legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY March 2, 2015 Center to Participate in Wednesday's Legislative Press Conference on School Choice Legislation To Release Policy Brief Describing the Bright Today Scholarship Bill Providence, RI -- The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperi...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2014: With Revision Looming, the Job Market Erodes

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2014: With Revision Looming, the Job Market Erodes

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] Labor force and employment numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are due for their annual revision, soon, and there’s reason to believe Rhode Island will see its 2014 lose some of its rosey sheen. However, even before...

RI Already an Example of Parental Choice of Schools

RI Already an Example of Parental Choice of Schools

Rhode Island parents want school choice! They prove it answering polls, and they prove it in their behavior. Strong majorities — of 56% and higher — favor policies...

“School Choice Rabbi” to Speak at State House Event

“School Choice Rabbi” to Speak at State House Event

MEDIA ADVISORY January 28, 2015 Legislative Reception to Feature Speech by Nationally Renowned Educational Choice Rabbi State House to be Illuminated in Yellow Center to Man Exhibit Table and Release New Report Providence, RI -- Rhode Island Familie...

Legislative Antidotes to RhodeMapRI

Legislative Antidotes to RhodeMapRI

PROPERTY RIGHTS and MUNICIPAL SOVEREIGNTY ACT of 2015 The concepts of private property ownership and associated rights are considered core components of America’s free-enterprise system. It is also widely held that local government is the best government, as opposed to a one-size-fits all centr...

Center Launches New Interactive Tool to Compare RI to Other States on National Test Scores

Center Launches New Interactive Tool to Compare RI to Other States on National Test Scores

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015 New Interactive Tool Compares RI to Other States on National Test Scores Allows comparison of student performance among various demographic groups! Center also publishes key findings analysis using the tool...

Education Analysis: RI and National Test Score Trends, Steam Runs Out on Reform

Education Analysis: RI and National Test Score Trends, Steam Runs Out on Reform

Judging by trends visible using the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity's online, interactive tool to compare scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests, Rhode Island's period of education reform produced some improvements, but they appear to have hit a political ceili...

BrightToday Campaign Launch – Media Release

BrightToday Campaign Launch – Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2015 Diverse Coalition Launches School Choice Campaign Center Publishes "The Case for Educational Choice" Only 29% would choose a government-run school Providence, RI -- With few options available for families of a...

The Case for Expanded Educational Choice in Rhode Island

The Case for Expanded Educational Choice in Rhode Island

Return to Ed Choice homepage here | Go to BrightToday.org website The Rhode Island public school system is failing far too many students and families. Collectively, our schools yield one of the lowest values in New England and the nation when it comes to educational performance as compared with p...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2014: RI’s Different Path

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2014: RI’s Different Path

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] The United States hit a milestone, in November, with the average state now claiming more employed residents than it had during its pre-recession peak.  Rhode Island, by contrast is headed in the other direction. According to the federa...



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