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    School Choice: Victory in Colorado

    In a huge victory for school choice, the Colorado Court of Appeals last month overturned the injunction placed on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program (CSP). The CSP is Colorado’s only school-choice voucher program. Any student who lives within the Douglas County School District, and has resided there for at … More

    Major School Choice Victory in Indiana

    It’s hard to overstate what an outstanding victory for school choice Indiana’s Supreme Court issued yesterday. Indiana’s highest court ruled unanimously in Meredith v. Pence that the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP), which provides vouchers to low-income and middle-income families in the Hoosier State, is constitutional. The suit, brought by the … More

    Morning Bell: Revealing What States Are Hiding

    How much are we spending on education? Actually, far more than we know—because as it turns out, states are hiding some of the teachers’ benefits. In a new paper, Heritage expert Jason Richwine reveals that “Proper accounting would reveal tens of billions of dollars in extra teacher pension costs, equivalent … More

    Texas-Size School Choice

    The Lone Star State is considering significantly expanding educational choice options for children. Under consideration: an elimination of the cap on charter schools (only 215 are currently allowed to operate), creation of special needs scholarships to allow children with disabilities to attend private schools of choice, and a tuition tax … More

    $123,000 Department of Education Salary in the Time of Sequester

    What pain has sequester wrought at the federal Department of Education? Apparently, not much. The 4,200-person agency has just hired a new “executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.” Fox News reports that the position apparently commands a six-figure salary, as the new director—a … More

    Morning Bell: Why We Don't Need Universal Preschool

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he wanted to “make high-quality preschool available to every child in America” and “make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” So Heritage experts took a look at the President’s plan to see if it … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Opportunity and Return on Investment

    Very few government programs can claim a positive return on taxpayer investment. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) is one of them. Launched in 2004, the DCOSP provides scholarships of approximately $8,500 for K–8 students or $12,000 for high school students from low-income families to attend private schools of their … More

    SLIDESHOW: The Remarkable Impact of the Harlem Children's Zone

    Nearly 100 blocks in New York City are known as the Harlem Children’s Zone — a place that serves more than 10,000 children and 13,000 adults with a unique set of educational and support services. The community has transformed the heart of Harlem by creating a positive “tipping point” that … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Best Early Education Begins at Home

    President Obama recently unveiled his plan for expanding early education, which includes expanding federal funding for public preschool and boosting Head Start funding. According to the President, government-funded preschool is the way for students to achieve academic success. Sadly, Obama’s claims are founded on weak evidence. Government-funded preschool programs show … More

    Non-Teaching School Staff Costing Taxpayers Money

    The U.S. public education system has seen an enormous increase in staff over the past few decades. But unlike private companies, which base staffing decisions on product demand, the number of school staff positions has increased rapidly without a commensurate increase in the number of students served by the system. … More