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  • Morning Bell: 4 Problems with Federal College Scorecards

    Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan to make “college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.” But a big part of the President’s plan includes creating a college rating system—a federal scorecard—to evaluate colleges on measures such as graduation rates, the number of low-income … More

    What Obama Wants for Your Children and Grandchildren

    Proud parents and grandparents are sharing photos of their kids’ first day of school. And as students head back, many states are pushing back—telling the Obama Administration that its federal education plan isn’t right for their students. Anyone who has taught in a classroom knows how different children are from … More

    Student Loans: College Costs Will Continue to Rise

    Last week, the Senate passed a bill that would peg interest rates on federal student loans to Washington’s cost of borrowing (the Treasury rate) plus 2.05 percent. The bill also caps interest rates at 8.25 percent in the event they rise in the coming years. The House has praised the … More

    Unions Can’t Ignore Support for Choice in Education

    Later today at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will detail the results of a poll it commissioned. According to The Washington Post, the AFT poll found that 56 percent of respondents were opposed to “giving tax dollars to families to pay for private … More

    Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Passes House

    The House has just passed the Student Success Act (SSA), a proposal sponsored by Representatives John Kline (R–MN) and Todd Rokita (R–IN) to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The proposal aims to fix some of NCLB’s most egregious policy flaws. Importantly, the proposal would eliminate Adequate … More

    Evaluating Education Policy in the Student Success Act

    The House will debate the Student Success Act over the next week, which provides a few good first steps toward limiting burdensome federal intervention in education. But in its current form, the proposal has some serious policy limitations. On the positive side, the bill would eliminate some of the most … More

    Protecting Educational Freedom This Independence Day: Cracks in the Common Core

    Just in time for Independence Day, the foundations of the Common Core initiative are showing some cracks. Common Core is an effort to establish national standards and tests to define what every child in public school will learn. It has been heavily incentivized by the Obama Administration and is an … More

    A-PLUS: A Conservative Alternative to NCLB

    On Thursday, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced a conservative alternative to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS) would allow states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to … More

    Federal Student Loans Cost Taxpayers Money

    This piece originally appeared on See Thru Edu, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office has just released an assessment of what the Federal Direct Student Loan program will cost taxpayers using various accounting measures. As has been noted before, any student loan proposal should … More

    Kline and Rokita Unveil Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    House Education and the Workforce Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) and Representative Todd Rokita (R–IN) have introduced the Student Success Act (SSA)—a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic NCLB, Kline’s proposal makes some improvements … More