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    Alabama Passes Historic School Choice Plan

    In a surprising and historic move, the Alabama state legislature passed the state’s first private-school choice plan Thursday evening. Governor Robert Bentley (R), who is expected to sign the bill next week, called it “the most significant piece of legislation that’s been passed in this Legislature in years,” and Senate … More

    Indiana Among States Acting to Oppose Common Core Standards

    States are reconsidering their support for the Common Core standards. In recent weeks, legislators in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and South Dakota have attempted to pedal back their state’s involvement with the standards. Noted The Washington Post: “[T]he [Common Core] standards are meeting with growing resistance for reasons including questions about … More

    Education Secretary Duncan’s Hyperbolic Sequester Rhetoric

    During an interview on “Face the Nation” this past Sunday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan employed the Obama Administration’s Chicken Little sequester rhetoric, this time about teacher jobs: It just means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need, and as many as 40,000 … More

    Organizing for Action Uses Discredited Information on Sequestration

    President Obama’s campaign organization is using discredited information and misleading numbers in its latest effort to lobby Congress to stop sequestration. An email sent today by Jim Messina, chairman of Organizing for Action, urges supporters to sign a petition in support of Obama’s tax hikes. The email includes the typical … More

    Education: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    If sequestration spending cuts go into effect, President Obama claims that “[o]ur ability to teach our kids the skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future would be put at risk…70,000 young children would be kicked off Head Start, 10,000 teacher jobs would be put at risk, and funding … More

    Georgia and Oklahoma Provide Cautionary Tale About Universal Preschool

    As the Obama Administration attempts to move toward universal, taxpayer-funded preschool, policymakers should examine the experiences of states that have offered such programs for more than a decade. Both Georgia and Oklahoma have done so, but there is little evidence that taxpayers and children are benefiting. Universal Preschool in Georgia. … More

    School Choice in the Time of Calvin Coolidge

    Some may think school choice is a new idea. Not so. In fact, the nation’s first voucher program began back in 1869 in the state of Vermont. Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge attended an exceptional example of one of the state’s “voucher schools.” Amity Shlaes of the George W. Bush … More

    Head Start: Reporters Need to Ask the White House the Obvious Question

    A rigorous and large-scale experimental evaluation, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that the federal Head Start program has essentially no lasting cognitive or behavioral benefits. The results clearly call into question the federal government’s $8 billion per year commitment to the program. Far from … More

    Obama’s Ill-Advised Federal Preschool Push

    President Obama announced a major effort to expand government preschool early this afternoon. The plan would create a “continuum of child care for children from birth to age 5.” Expanding government preschool, particularly federal preschool, is wrought with problems. Any expansion of government preschool, whether state or federal, comes at … More

    Education Savings Accounts: Empowering Parents

    It is ironic that while Americans are able to freely choose what commercial luxuries to invest in, we are not able to freely invest in our most precious commodity: our children, and our children’s future. Expanding choice in education means expanding opportunity for children and creating a more responsive education … More