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    Education Reform Goes Big in the Tar Heel State

    North Carolina is on a roll. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed a budget passed by the state legislature chock-full of education reforms, including a new school choice option for children from low- and middle-income families. The new budget includes: Scholarships for children from low- and middle-income families. The … More

    Student Loans: College Costs Will Continue to Rise

    Last week, the Senate passed a bill that would peg interest rates on federal student loans to Washington’s cost of borrowing (the Treasury rate) plus 2.05 percent. The bill also caps interest rates at 8.25 percent in the event they rise in the coming years. The House has praised the … More

    Georgia Reclaims Control of Testing; Neighbor Florida to Consider the Same

    Georgia is withdrawing from the Common Core national assessments, and neighboring Florida could soon follow suit. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R), along with Superintendent John Barge, sent a letter to the district superintendents throughout the Peach State last week announcing the decision. Georgia’s move highlights both immediate, practical concerns and … More

    Unions Can’t Ignore Support for Choice in Education

    Later today at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will detail the results of a poll it commissioned. According to The Washington Post, the AFT poll found that 56 percent of respondents were opposed to “giving tax dollars to families to pay for private … More

    Colorado School District Rejects Common Core National Standards

    The Douglas County School Board in Colorado passed a resolution opposing the Common Core national standards due to the quality of the standards and on principle. Douglas County has been setting a great precedent for education policy with the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program and its merit-based pay for teachers. … More

    Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Passes House

    The House has just passed the Student Success Act (SSA), a proposal sponsored by Representatives John Kline (R–MN) and Todd Rokita (R–IN) to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The proposal aims to fix some of NCLB’s most egregious policy flaws. Importantly, the proposal would eliminate Adequate … More

    Rapper Pitbull Speaks in Favor of Charter Schools

    What do researchers at The Heritage Foundation and Miami-born rapper Pitbull have in common? A belief in the power of charter schools. Pitbull, whose given name is Armando Christian Perez, delivered the opening address at the National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Perez has six children, three … More

    Evaluating Education Policy in the Student Success Act

    The House will debate the Student Success Act over the next week, which provides a few good first steps toward limiting burdensome federal intervention in education. But in its current form, the proposal has some serious policy limitations. On the positive side, the bill would eliminate some of the most … More

    Protecting Educational Freedom This Independence Day: Cracks in the Common Core

    Just in time for Independence Day, the foundations of the Common Core initiative are showing some cracks. Common Core is an effort to establish national standards and tests to define what every child in public school will learn. It has been heavily incentivized by the Obama Administration and is an … More