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ARIZONA LAWS PIONEER NEW SCHOOL CHOICE FUNDING MODEL, RIGHT TO EARN A LIVING

April 21, 2017

It’s difficult for many parents to pay for alternative educational options for their children when their tax dollars are earmarked for failing public schools. Arizona is changing that with its new Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, through which the state deposits a child’s share of school funding into an account that can be used for other schooling arrangements. Another new Arizona law protects the right for people to earn a living by placing strict requirements for occupational licensure to be used only in cases of public health, safety, or welfare. These laws are significant victories for freedom in Arizona.

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SLASHING BUSINESS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN NEPAL

April 14, 2017

Economies can’t flourish when it’s difficult to start a business. The Samriddhi Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Nepal, had a recent victory reforming business registration procedures with the country’s Office of Company Registrar (OCR), reducing the time it takes to register a new domestic business from several days down to a maximum of 30 hours. Businesses funded by foreign investments have also had their registration time reduced from weeks down to seven days. Samriddhi consulted with the government throughout the reform process.

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SEASTEADING INSTITUTE PITCHES FLOATING FREE TRADE ZONES IN DUBAI

April 13, 2017

More than 4,000 special economic zones (SEZs) have proliferated across the globe, proving so successful that they are replicated again and again. Joe Quirk, author and “aquapreneur” with Atlas Network partner the Seasteading Institute, recently spoke at a conference organized by the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority to explain why new floating free trade zones off the coast of Dubai would allow for “maximum wealth creation on innovative, sustainable floating islands on the sea,” applying the best practices learned from the proliferation of SEZs now in operation.

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HOW ECONOMIC FREEDOM PROPELS COUNTRIES FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

April 13, 2017

The “tiger” economies of Asia were once poor, but today Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea are among the world’s most prosperous. What allows some countries to escape poverty and build new wealth? In a new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) Foundation, economist Abir Doumit, a George Mason University professor from Lebanon, explains how economic freedom brings developing nations into the first world.

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AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM MOVEMENT EXPANDS THROUGH SILK ROAD STATION

April 13, 2017

Afghanistan has suffered under a continual state of war for several decades, and although conflict continues, parts of the country have begun to experience relative stability. There may be no better time than the present for the ideas of liberty to flourish in Afghanistan. The Kabul-based Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) debuted its Silk Road Station online TV and radio platform in late 2015, with the support of Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society, to help demonstrate how the values of a free society can coexist with Islamic rule in the long-troubled republic.

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FEECON BRINGS CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM TOGETHER FOR FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

April 12, 2017

Nobody brings the ideas of freedom and sound economics to life quite like the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), through its decades of publications and in-person seminars, and today through its engaging website content. Now FEE is holding its first annual conference, FEEcon, featuring more than 70 sessions and 10 distinct learning tracks, “designed to provide real skills for professional success, combined with a solid grounding in economic, ethical, and legal principles that you won't get anywhere else.” Tickets are available now for FEEcon, which will be held June 15–17 in Atlanta, Ga.

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CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF ATLAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

April 12, 2017

Today marks the five-year anniversary of Atlas Leadership Academy (ALA) here at Atlas Network. Our movement is doing amazing things around the world, winning battles for freedom and making countless communities and entire countries better places to live and work, and it’s an honor to work alongside each of our partners in these ventures.

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‘SCHOOL INC.’ DOCUMENTARY BRINGS IDEAS ABOUT INNOVATIVE EDUCATION TO PUBLIC TELEVISION

April 10, 2017

Why doesn’t innovation happen in education, the way it does in other industries? The late Andrew Coulson spent the last several years of his life examining this question in his role as senior fellow of education policy at the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. Today, Coulson’s discoveries and insights into the educational process have been developed into School Inc., a new documentary from the award-winning producers at Free To Choose Network. School Inc. is currently airing on public television stations throughout the United States.

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