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  • Marriage: The Heart of a Healthy America

    Marriage is good for the heart—literally. Based on a new study out of Emory and Rutgers Universities, researchers find that married individuals are about twice as likely to survive within five years of having heart surgery as compared to unmarried individuals. The Wall Street Journal reports: Much of the long-term … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Majority of Births to Women Under 30 Are to Single Moms

    Unwed childbearing has been on the rise for more than five decades, and today more than 40 percent of U.S. children are born to single women. A new study additionally reveals that the majority—53 percent—of births to women under 30 occur outside of marriage. Rather than a teen birth issue, … More

    Mississippi Charter Law Closes a Door for Online Schools

    Mississippi legislators are considering a proposal to strengthen the state’s charter school law. This is great news for a state with the weakest charter school policy among the 41 states (and D.C.) that have them. However, because the state Senate Education Committee has moved to ban virtual charter schools, the … More

    Washington Takes Over School Lunches and Curriculum

    It used to be that children had to worry about the school bully stealing their lunch money. Now they also have to worry about the federal government taking their lunches away. A recent story about a North Carolina preschooler’s lunch being confiscated because it failed to meet federal requirements has … More

    Virginia Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients and Personal Responsibility

    On Tuesday, the Virginia senate approved a bill that would require an initial drug screening of welfare applicants, followed by drug testing if officials suspected illegal drug use. Those who test positive or refuse to test altogether would lose Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash assistance) benefits for a year. … More

    National Marriage Week: Marriage’s Economic Divide

    One of the greatest drivers of poverty in the United States is the breakdown of marriage. Eighty percent of all long-term poverty occurs in single-parent homes, over 70 percent of poor families are headed by a single parent, and children in single-parent families are approximately five times more likely to … More

    Louisiana's Plan to Empower Parents Through School Choice

    According to Dr. Michael Walker Jones of the Louisiana Association of Educators, low-income parents “don’t have a clue” when it comes to making decisions about their children’s education. Last week, in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, he stated: “If I’m a parent in poverty, I have no clue … More

    National School Choice Week: How School Choice Benefits Students

    With a growing number of school choice programs comes a growing body of research on how educational opportunity benefits students. These benefits manifest themselves in outcomes such as higher graduation rates, increased academic achievement, and higher levels of parent satisfaction with their children’s schools. Students in school choice programs graduate at significantly … More

    National School Choice Week: Winning the Battle for School Choice in D.C.

    When the first National School Choice Week began just one year ago, the prospect of educational opportunity for hundreds of D.C. school children hung precariously in the balance. In January 2011, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship (DCOSP)—a voucher program for low-income schoolchildren in the nation’s capital—had for two years been at … More

    Governors Call for Teacher Tenure Reform, School Choice

    As the new year unfolds, governors are beginning to outline their education plans for 2012. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) called for changes to teacher tenure in his State of the Commonwealth speech: Our teachers are well educated and motivated professionals who deserve to be treated as such. Just like … More