Putting research to work.....

Our Mission
The FREE Foundation is a 501(c3) non-profit corporation dedicated to improving academic achievement in K-12 public schools.  The foundation’s mission is to promote and disseminate methods proven through Level III research .

How will we fullfill our mission?
Every really bad idea inflicted on public schools can claim to be “research-based” because the vast majority of research relating to K-12 education is of poor quality.  The FREE Foundation will promote approaches that have been proven through replication in real schools, with long term or large-scale empirical data verified through independent peer review.

How are we funded?
The FREE foundation is supported through voluntary contributions from the general public and corporations.  In order to maintain our independence, contributions will not be accepted from organizations that sell products or services to public schools.


Reading Project
Accelerating the introduction of explicit systematic phonics instruction for grades K-3 in North Carolina.

Small Schools
Building small public schools using private money.

Textbook Project
Working to eliminate poor quality textbooks in North Carolina's public schools.

Contact information
The FREE Foundation
P.O Box 1376
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Contact:  Peter Morcombe
Phone: 919-245-3735, cell phone: 919-260-7857