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  • Indiana Superintendent: Obama Administration Nationalized Common Core Standards

    At a Tea Party gathering last month, Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett expressed his concern with the growing federal overreach of Common Core education standards. “This administration has an insatiable appetite for federal overreach,” he said. “The federal government’s involvement in these standards is wrong.” The Indianapolis Star adds: Bennett … More

    Family Fact of the Week: One in Four Babies Born to Cohabiting Women

    The percentage of babies born to cohabiting women has jumped substantially in the last 10 years, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. “The number of births overall to cohabiting women increased from 14% of all births in 2002 to 23% in 2006-10,” reports USA Today. … More

    Jordan and Southerland: Conservatives Need to Get Back in the Game on Welfare Reform

    “It’s time for conservatives to get back in the game,” on welfare reform, write Representatives Jim Jordan (R–OH) and Steve Southerland (R–FL) in The Washington Times. While conservatives successfully reformed the largest cash assistance welfare program back in 1996, inserting work requirements and changing the program to the Temporary Assistance … More

    Nearly All Americans Favor Welfare Work Requirements

    The vast majority of Americans favor work requirements for welfare recipients, a new Rasmussen survey reveals. According to the survey data, released last Wednesday, “83% of American Adults favor a work requirement as a condition for receiving welfare assistance. Just seven percent (7%) oppose such a requirement, while 10% are … More

    D.C. Public Schools Spend Almost $30,000 Per Student

    You would think $30,000 a year would get you a decent education. For just a few thousand more, you could cover the cost of Harvard’s yearly undergraduate tuition or send your child to the prestigious Sidwell Friends School, which the Obama daughters attend. But spending $30,000 to cover the cost … More

    Family Fact of the Week: How Welfare Reform Helped Families

    The best anti-poverty program is a job. That was the mantra of the 1996 welfare reform, which changed the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, for the first time requiring able-bodied welfare recipients to work or prepare for work in … More

    Pennsylvania Approves Private School Tax Credit Program

    Public school students in poor performing Pennsylvania schools will now be eligible to receive scholarships to attend a private school of their choice. Late Saturday night, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law a provision that will make private school scholarships available for students assigned to the lowest-performing 15 percent … More

    How to Reform Food Stamps—and Improve the Farm Bill

    The farm bill is currently making its way through the Senate amidst heated debate. But don’t let the title fool you. Nearly 80 percent—of the bill’s spending goes toward the nation’s fastest growing welfare program: food stamps. Since 2000, the cost of food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition … More

    Planned Parenthood: Coming to a High School Near You?

    Students at RooseveltHigh Schoolin Los Angelescan now swing by Planned Parenthood on the way to study hall to pick up their “free” birth control. While they may need a permission slip to get out of class, nothing of the sort is required to access the pill, the patch, the ring, … More

    Education Unions Losing Ground

    “Teachers unions have a popularity problem,” according to a recent Harvard study. Harvard professor Paul Peterson writes that while approval ratings for education unions remained stable between 2009 and 2011, 2012 saw a significant dip: In our polls from 2009 to 2011, we saw little change in public opinion. Around … More