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    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Regulatory Purgatory

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) may be regulatory hell for school leaders—as a reported 7 million man hours of paperwork each year to comply suggests—but “regulatory purgatory” through a strings-attached waiver process is hardly better. That’s how Senator Pat Roberts (R–KS) referred to the Obama Administration’s strings-attached waiver process in … More

    Heritage in Focus: Wrapping up School Choice Week (PODCAST)

    Heritage’s Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education, discusses the benefits of school choice and the events of the third annual School Choice Week being celebrated across the country on this week’s Heritage in Focus. Learn how parental choice in education has benefited our children—and how this choice is … More

    National School Choice Week: Parents Hold the Key to Advancing Choice

    It is an exciting time for all! National School Choice Week is in full swing, highlighting all kinds of educational options for families across America. I am excited to have joined the National School Choice Week “Special,” a whistle-stop train tour in support of school choice. Meeting parents and advocates … More

    WATCH: Friday Lunch Hangout on School Choice

    Friday concludes the 3rd annual National School Choice week. This year was the biggest year ever with over 3,600 events nationwide celebrating the benefits that school choice provides to children across the country. Join us on Friday, February 1, at Noon ET for our Google+ Hangout. We will be hosting … More

    Coverdell Education Savings Accounts—Now Safe from Taxation—Could Still Be Improved

    Congress and President Obama preserved the rules regarding Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) when they passed the “fiscal cliff” deal. Coverdell ESAs are the lone tax break available to parents for kindergarten through twelfth grade education expenses. But beginning January 1, 2013, the accounts were going to be only useful … More

    National School Choice Week - Artur Davis: School Choice Is About "Basic Principles"

    The 7th grade class in Highland Park, Michigan’s school district was given an assignment: Write a one-paragraph essay on “what could make the school better.” Former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, who celebrated National School Choice Week at The Heritage Foundation’s event “Choosing to Succeed,” presented a particularly alarming response: [Y]ou … More

    School Choice: Key to Improving Hispanic High School Graduation Rate

    Yesterday marked the beginning of National School Choice Week, a great way to elevate and promote education reform while calling attention to our country’s educational crisis. The problems with American education are especially pronounced among Hispanics: Latino students lag behind white peers in high school graduation rates across the country. … More

    WATCH: Artur Davis on School Choice and Education Reform

    Every child learns in a unique way. That’s why families should have access to choice in education, former congressman Artur Davis argued at the Heritage Foundation event “Choosing to Succeed: A Conversation about Educational Opportunity”. Davis was one of the first supporters of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, but he … More

    Morning Bell: It's School Choice Week

    The third annual National School Choice Week is officially underway. Once again, school choice advocates—including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many others—will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide. School choice is something to celebrate, because it gives families the power to … More

    Large Supply of Elementary Teachers Waiting to Be “Underpaid”

    The supply of elementary school teachers greatly exceeds the demand for them among public-school districts, according to data collected by Education Week. This fact has a number of implications for education policy, but one of them—not directly mentioned in the article—stands out: If elementary-school teachers are truly “underpaid,” as teacher … More