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  • Arizona's Governor Drops the Ball on School Choice

    “Every child deserves to have an education tailored to meet their needs, and parents deserve the right to make that choice,” stated Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) last year. A self-professed proponent of school choice, last night she shed that mantle and vetoed legislation that would have provided significant new … More

    President Obama's Education Budget Buster

    President Obama’s near-term spending proposals for the Department of Education (DOE) are a staggering display of federal profligacy. They include the recently released fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request and an education “blueprint” outlining $60 billion in additional spending. If enacted, these proposals would mean that in one term, President … More

    Nationalizing Education

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said that the idea that the Obama Administration is working to implement national standards and tests “is a conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.” Duncan can deny that the federal government is on the verge of creating a national curriculum—an unprecedented federal overreach—but as George … More

    Louisiana Teachers Cancel Class to Lobby Against Jindal Reforms

    The Weekly Standard is reporting that teachers in Louisiana plan to cancel class this week in order to protest Governor Bobby Jindal’s (R) education reform proposals, which will see committee action tomorrow. The governor’s proposals include reforms to teacher tenure, a significant school choice expansion, and changes to teacher compensation … More

    Senators Demand Release of Head Start Data

    Four years after data collection was completed, Americans are still awaiting the results of a study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the impact of the federal Head Start program. “The United States fought and won in the Pacific and Atlantic fronts of World War … More

    More States Reconsidering National Standards Overhaul

    Not so fast. That was the message from South Carolina leaders on Wednesday, concerned about their state’s involvement with the national standards education agenda. Despite being called conspiracy theorists by the U.S. Department of Education, the South Carolina Senate Education Committee voted to study further the impact that adopting national … More

    Obama Education Blueprint a Road Map to More Washington Control

    On Monday, President Obama spoke to the National Governor’s Association (NGA), using the opportunity to reproach state leaders for not increasing education spending in their state budgets: Nothing more clearly signals what you value as a state than the decisions you make about where to invest. Budgets are about choices. … More

    South Carolina Resisting the National Standards Push

    South Carolina legislators have introduced a measure to pull the Palmetto State out of the Common Core national standards. Senator Mike Fair, who introduced the measure, voiced his concerns about the state’s involvement in the national standards push in the Greeneville News: The Legislature never had a chance to review Common … More

    Department of Education Gets Defensive on National Standards

    In a press release issued late Thursday afternoon, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the following in response to skepticism on the part of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) about the Common Core national standards push: The idea that the Common Core standards are nationally-imposed is a conspiracy theory in … More

    Obama's Budget Ends Funding for D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    The Obama administration is once again standing with education special interest groups and against low-income children in Washington, D.C. His 2013 budget request zeros out funding for the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which was revived last year thanks to the hard work of Speaker John Boehner and the … More