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  • Idaho’s Khan Academy Initiative: Embracing Educational Technology

    Today’s technology means that education can be tailored to the specific needs of each child. Idaho is leading the way in adopting these types of innovations with its statewide initiative to integrate Khan Academy videos into the classroom. The Khan Academy is an online-based learning tool that creates a self-paced … More

    Union Leader: Put Stakes Associated with Common Core Tests on Hold

    The Common Core State Standards are causing major discontent across the ideological spectrum. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has joined groups like the Republican National Committee, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Tea Party groups, public policy organizations, and parents across the country … More

    Louisiana Court Rules Against School Choice, But Educational Opportunity Moves Forward

    After a series of school choice victories across the nation, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a disappointing ruling this Tuesday when it upheld a lower court’s ruling invalidating the state’s school voucher program. With a 6-1 vote, the higher court declared the funding mechanism for Governor Bobby Jindal’s (R) 2012 … More

    The Unknown Cost of Federal Student Loans

    Starting July 1, interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. As Congress again considers preventing the interest rate on federal student loans from doubling, the cost to taxpayers should be a central issue. However, in a recent Issue Brief, Heritage analyst … More

    Indiana Reconsiders Common Core

    This past weekend, Indiana legislators approved a proposal to halt the implementation of Common Core until after preliminary hearings and an in-depth analysis are conducted. The bill now rests on Governor Mike Pence’s (R) desk awaiting his signature. In February, the Indiana state senate voted 38–11 in favor of anti–Common … More

    School Choice: Victory in Colorado

    In a huge victory for school choice, the Colorado Court of Appeals last month overturned the injunction placed on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program (CSP). The CSP is Colorado’s only school-choice voucher program. Any student who lives within the Douglas County School District, and has resided there for at … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Opportunity and Return on Investment

    Very few government programs can claim a positive return on taxpayer investment. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) is one of them. Launched in 2004, the DCOSP provides scholarships of approximately $8,500 for K–8 students or $12,000 for high school students from low-income families to attend private schools of their … More

    Education Savings Accounts: Empowering Parents

    It is ironic that while Americans are able to freely choose what commercial luxuries to invest in, we are not able to freely invest in our most precious commodity: our children, and our children’s future. Expanding choice in education means expanding opportunity for children and creating a more responsive education … More