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  • Superman v. Education Unions

    Today, the much-talked-about film Waiting for Superman will make its premier. The movie, produced by David Guggenheim, reveals the gridlock created by school district bureaucracy, apathetic teachers, and teachers’ unions. According to reviews, the movie graphically displays how a broken school system is failing America’s children, leaving them in failing … More

    Kids Deserve Better: Stopping the Obama Education Agenda

    It’s back to school time for students across the United States, and no doubt parents and students are hoping for a successful year. But what does the Obama Administration have in store? Heritage’s Kids Deserve Better: Stopping the Obama Education Agenda Factsheet has the answers. A Reckless Spending Spree Since … More

    In Pennsylvania, Rival State Leaders Converge on School Choice

    Pennsylvania residents in this year’s gubernatorial race will be casting their votes for school choice regardless of their political affiliation. In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, author Bill McGurn reports that both Democratic candidate Dan Onorato and his Republican opponent, state Attorney General Tom Corbett, are proponents of school choice. It … More

    One in Six Americans Receives Government Assistance

    One in six Americans now receives some form of government assistance, reported last week’s U.S.A Today. Fifty million are on Medicaid, a record high and a whopping 17 percent increase since December 2007. Food stamp enrollment has climbed nearly 50 percent since 2008 and now stands at 40 million, or … More

    The Obama Budget: Expanding Welfare, Undermining Marriage

    How can the government grow the nation’s welfare roles and undermine efforts to support marriage, in a single effort? It must simply follow the plan outlined in President Obama’s budget: pay states to grow their welfare roles and eliminate programs that encourage healthy marriage in low-income communities. Despite the fact … More

    Washington Must Face the Facts of Life: Parents and Teens Favor Abstinence

    A recent national study shows that the majority of U.S. parents and their teens support sexual abstinence before marriage. But the Obama Administration doesn’t want you to know this. Early last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed the National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents: Attitudes … More

    States Win Race to the Top Battle but Lose the Education Autonomy War

    Yesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the round 2 Race to the Top (RttT) winners. Nine states, along with the District of Columbia, will divide $3.4 billion in federal grant money. The winners included D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Delaware … More

    Welfare in the Bronx: Personal Responsibility Is Still the Key

    “Need Welfare in the Bronx? Come Back Tomorrow, Maybe” — that’s the title of a recent Womensenews.org piece that questions the success of welfare reform. Caseloads may have dropped, argues author Anna Limontas-Salisbury, but the system leaves those in need feeling frustrated and discouraged. Specifically, she blames the system’s inefficiencies … More

    The Obama Education Agenda Stays; Joyce Is Forced to Go

    What should a school principal expect after working “tirelessly” to help struggling students achieve? Certainly not to be asked to step down. However, this is exactly what can happen once the federal government gets involved. Despite support from parents, teachers, and administrators for Principal Joyce Irvine of Wheeler Elementary School … More

    National Education Standards: Still Not a Conservative Idea

    “The Common Core Curriculum: National Education Standards Even Conservatives Can Love.” This is what Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli of the Fordham Institute write about the Obama Administration’s push to implement national standards in classrooms across the nation. In reality, there is nothing conservative about national standards, which will further … More