• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Wisconsin Presses Forward on School Choice

    Wisconsin is home to the longest-running and largest school choice program in the nation. Now, state legislators are taking steps to open wider the doors of educational opportunities for families in the Badger State. For the last 20 years, Wisconsin students have benefited from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), … More

    Federal Government Shouldn’t Mandate Kids’ Meals—or Their Education

    If you thought school cafeteria food was bad, take a look at what the federal government has on the menu for school children. The recent reauthorization of federal nutrition programs has slapped additional regulations onto school cafeteria menus, dictating everything from the number of orange slices a child must put … More

    School Choice at Risk in New Orleans

    Over the last several weeks, students, families, and advocates of education reform have witnessed exciting steps forward by numerous states to expand education options. Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Utah (among others) have implemented strategies to expand school choice and give children greater hope for a quality education. Unfortunately, Louisiana may … More

    Price of Unwed Births Far Greater than the Hospital Bills

    A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal noted that “Unintended pregnancies likely cost the federal and state governments more than $11 billion a year,” based on research published by the Brookings Institution. A major reason for the cost to government, notes the author, is that “women who unintentionally get … More

    Education Department Violates Law, and States Say "No" to National Standards

    Last week, more than 100 education leaders signed a manifesto against the federally supported national education standards and tests backed by the Obama Administration. And in recent weeks, two states—Minnesota and South Carolina—have proposed legislation to prohibit implementation of the standards. While Minnesota has already adopted the English/language arts standards, … More

    Federal Education Reform: John Kline Lays Out the Next Steps

    “A recent national survey revealed an overwhelming majority of American voters believe they aren’t getting their money’s worth from public schools,” writes Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, yesterday in the Indianapolis Star. And with data showing that education spending has tripled in … More

    Governor Mitch Daniels Champions Education Reforms

    Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) signed into law legislation to implement the nation’s largest school voucher program. And this week, the Governor visited Washington, D.C., to highlight his education reform agenda, which is rooted in the belief that those closest to students know them best—a fact which should drive … More

    Wisconsin Wave Continues: Students’ Interests Overtake Union Demands

    It began in Wisconsin, but it’s not stopping there. When legislators in the Badger State moved to reform unions’ collective bargaining power earlier this year, their action not only stirred movement in their own state but sent a ripple effect across the nation. And it continues to spread. As Charles … More

    A-PLUS Act: A Conservative Approach to No Child Left Behind

    Educating students is no easy task, so the last thing schools need is Washington bureaucrats telling them what to do. Unfortunately, federal red tape has increased with every passing decade since the enactment of the first Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 (today known as No Child Left Behind). … More

    School Choice Scores Another Big Win in Arizona

    Arizona families won big last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s school choice program, the Arizona Private School Tuition Tax Credit program. This week, Arizona students and families have another reason to celebrate. Arizona just created education savings accounts (ESAs) for special-needs students, providing families with more … More