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  • Morning Bell: Join the Fight Against Common Core

    Two competing forces are pushing on America’s K–12 education system today. One is an effort to infuse education choice into a long-stagnant system, empowering parents with the ability to send their child to a school that meets her unique learning needs. The other is an effort to further centralize education … More

    Michigan Budget Battle Provides Opportunity to Reject Common Core National Standards

    A budget battle is brewing in Michigan. But it isn’t the type of spending battle typically associated with budget making—this is a fight over the future of Michigan’s educational autonomy. It’s a battle over Common Core national standards. According to a report by the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS) … More

    Governor Pence Pauses Indiana Common Core Standards

    Indiana has just given every state that agreed to adopt Common Core national education standards and tests a lesson in prudent governance. On Saturday, Governor Mike Pence (R) signed the Common Core “Pause” bill into law, halting implementation of Common Core until state agencies, teachers, and taxpayers better understand the … More

    Looming Student Loan Interest Rate Hike: Prudent Next Steps

    Next week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will begin discussions about the interest rate on federal student loans, which is set to double on July 1. If this sounds like “déjà vu all over again,” that’s because it is. Around this time last year, Congress grappled with whether … More

    Girl Scouts "Tag Along" with Common Core

    Thin Mints and Tagalongs might be a little hard to swallow now for those concerned with centralization of education—and now, civil society institutions. The Girl Scouts of America now boasts that every merit badge is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative—an effort to nationalize the content taught … More

    Alabama Should Lead on Rejecting National Standards

    Alabama has the opportunity to reclaim its education decision-making authority. It took the first steps toward doing so last week, when the Senate Education Committee approved a measure that would withdraw the Yellowhammer State from the Common Core State Standards Initiative—a push to nationalize standards and assessments across the country. … More

    Obama Budget Ends Funding for D.C. School Choice Program

    Yesterday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan testified before the House Appropriations Committee about Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request for the Department of Education. Congressman Andy Harris (R–MD) took the opportunity to question Duncan about a glaring omission from the budget: funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP). The … More

    MSNBC Host Claims Society Should Raise Children, Not Parents

    MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s words in a new “Lean Forward” ad are breathtaking: We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just … More

    Major School Choice Victory in Indiana

    It’s hard to overstate what an outstanding victory for school choice Indiana’s Supreme Court issued yesterday. Indiana’s highest court ruled unanimously in Meredith v. Pence that the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP), which provides vouchers to low-income and middle-income families in the Hoosier State, is constitutional. The suit, brought by the … More

    Texas-Size School Choice

    The Lone Star State is considering significantly expanding educational choice options for children. Under consideration: an elimination of the cap on charter schools (only 215 are currently allowed to operate), creation of special needs scholarships to allow children with disabilities to attend private schools of choice, and a tuition tax … More