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    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

    A-PLUS: A Conservative Alternative to NCLB

    On Thursday, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced a conservative alternative to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS) would allow states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to … More

    Federal Student Loans Cost Taxpayers Money

    This piece originally appeared on See Thru Edu, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office has just released an assessment of what the Federal Direct Student Loan program will cost taxpayers using various accounting measures. As has been noted before, any student loan proposal should … More

    Common Core: Homeschoolers Face New Questions on College Admissions

    New information on Common Core “alignment” by the ACT, SAT, and even GED exams raises questions about the impact Common Core will have on private and homeschooled students and their ability to “opt out” of the federally incentivized standards if they want to apply for college. David Coleman, new head … More