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    Threat to School Choice in New Hampshire Continues

    The constitutionality of New Hampshire’s education tax credit program is being considered this week by the state’s supreme court. This is not the first time parental choice in education has been challenged in the Granite State. The New Hampshire legislature passed the tax credit bill in 2012, overriding a veto … More

    ‘Punished for Teaching Science’: Popular Teacher Suspended for ‘Research and Development of Imitation Weapons’

    Greg Schiller’s classroom seems to be a fruitful learning environment. One of his students recently stated, “He’s a really great teacher, and he really cares, he really wants to teach and he loves teaching.” It’s no surprise that he’s such a popular science teacher. It is astonishing, however, that he’s … More

    A Monstrous Injustice

    On Tuesday, we told the appalling story of Christian Stanfield, a 15-year-old kid with special needs who was, in effect, convicted of the crime of being bullied. After reviewing the trial transcript, it’s clear that convicting this helpless kid of disorderly conduct was criminally dumb. As first reported by Benswann.com, … More

    Pushback Continues: States Grow Increasingly Wary of Common Core

    Common Core is on the ropes. More and more states are pulling back from the national standards as the 2014–15 school year implementation deadline looms near. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal (R)—formerly a Common Core supporter—is now encouraging the legislature to remove the state from the Common Core aligned Partnership … More

    Testing the Tests: Common Core Implementation Continues to Prove Problematic

    Common Core proponents are doing their best to boost public perceptions of new national standards and tests as the fall implementation deadline looms. Last week, Vox reported, “Common Core tests are in classrooms—and they’re actually working.” But then the article’s author, Libby Nelson, goes on to state: There have been … More

    Over DOJ Objections, Parents Allowed to Intervene in Louisiana School Choice Case

    Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a federal district court ruling in a victory for school choice in Louisiana. As we’ve written before, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been particularly hostile to Louisiana’s school choice program. So hostile, in fact, that last … More

    Court Orders Louisiana to Put Feds Before Families in Voucher Notifications

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn’t succeeded in stopping Louisiana’s statewide voucher program, so now it’s trying to bury it in paperwork. Last August, DOJ tried to use a 40-year-old desegregation court order, Brumfield v. Dodd, to block Louisiana’s school voucher program from continuing to operate—despite the fact that … More

    WATCH: Colbert Mocks Sample Common Core Math Problems

    On his show last night, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert expressed concern about adopting Common Core into public schools, mocking some of the sample Common Core math problems assigned to students. “But folks, as much as I didn’t expect it, I may be coming around to the Common Core because … More

    Common Core: “Building the Machine” Debut

    The Home School Legal Defense Association released its long-awaited documentary on the Common Core national standards last week, Building the Machine. The film offers clarity to an initiative that is little known by the American public but will affect millions of students across the country. Spearheaded in 2009 by the … More

    Ryan Budget: Some Smart Reforms, but Education Spending Continues Apace

    The budget presented by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–Wis.) provides a topline function 500 (spending on education, training, employment, and social services) budget of nearly $74 billion. The $73.9 billion budget ($864 billion over 10 years) makes some important reforms to the federal Pell Grant program. It would … More