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  • Remembering Milton Friedman's School Choice Legacy

    Let us imagine we have the power to rebuild our education system from the ground up—an appropriate mental exercise as we remember the late Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman on his 100th birthday tomorrow. If we could rebuild our education system from scratch, it’s unlikely we would create a system … More

    Louisiana Teachers Union Threatens to Sue Voucher Schools

    The left’s tactic of intimidation is at work again, this time in Louisiana. The Louisiana Association of Educators is threatening litigation against private parochial schools in the state that plan to accept voucher students this fall. This past Wednesday, private schools that have elected to participate in the new statewide … More

    Application of Title IX Guidance to Math and Science Education

    Last week, Heritage published a blog post entitled “Obama Administration Broadens Gender Quotas in Higher Ed,” detailing the Administration’s expansion of Title IX enforcement to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Department of Education (DOE) has taken exception to the post and sent the following via e-mail: The … More

    Obama Proposes Federal Paychecks for Local Teachers

    This week, President Obama proposed a new $1 billion federal program that would establish a “Master Teacher Corps” in 100 locations across the country. This is not the first time the Administration has proposed subsidizing teacher salaries, but it is the first proposal that would give federal-issued paychecks directly to … More

    Obama Administration Broadens Gender Quotas in Higher Ed

    Last week, the Obama Administration issued new regulations broadening Title IX of the Higher Education Act—the part of law barring sex-based discrimination in education programs typically associated with high school and college sports—to explicitly include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. As many commentators have noted, this new policy … More

    Idaho Education Reforms: No Small Potatoes (VIDEO)

    Tom Luna, Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has implemented some transformational reforms in the state—to far less fanfare than those implemented in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker (R) over the same time period. But they may prove to be just as instrumental in improving student outcomes. Through Idaho’s Students Come … More

    An Anti-Bullying Agenda for Congress

    No one believes children should be bullied in school, no matter what the genesis of the bullying. But to think that somehow Congress could stop playground taunting, middle-school teasing, or insults leveled through social media is illogical. Yet Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D–TX) and Lamar Smith (R–TX) think they can … More

    District Court Limits "Gainful Employment" College Regulations

    In a ruling last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely sided with the Association of Private Colleges and Universities, which had sued the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan alleging that rules promulgated by the Secretary unfairly discriminate against for-profit institutions. For-profit … More

    NYT Notes Obama's Election-Year "Maneuvering Around Congress"

    The Obama Administration’s overreach into education has become so pronounced that even The New York Times can’t ignore it. The Administration, mistaking bipartisan discontent with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for a mandate to rewrite the law from the White House, is issuing waivers to states that agree to their … More

    Morning Bell: Governor Walker Breaks New Ground in Higher Ed

    Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), already well known for his efforts to curb union power, has now set out to tackle an equally big task: busting the higher education bubble. The problem of college affordability is recognized on both sides of the aisle, but sadly, most efforts to abate the problem … More