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    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

    National School Choice Week to Host Cross-Country Train Tour

    The third annual National School Choice Week is around the corner. And so is “the first-ever nationwide, whistle-stop train tour” to commemorate the week. The Whistle-Stop Train Tour will make a cross-country trek, with “14 very special events along the tour’s route” in support of school choice; hosted by “[p]arents, … More

    Morning Bell: When the Government Fails Completely

    What happens when a government program simply does not do what it is supposed to do? Head Start, the federal preschool program, says it “promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.” But the government’s own evaluations … More

    Another Study Confirms: Head Start Doesn’t Work

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just released its latest batch of Head Start data, revealing, once again, that its students are receiving far less than a “head start.” The study, which was finally released the weekend before Christmas after more than a year’s delay, examines the third-grade … More

    HHS Dusts Off Head Start Evaluation, Finally Publishes Results

    What’s the best way to make sure nobody sees the results of a scientifically rigorous evaluation? Release your findings on the Friday afternoon before Christmas. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release the findings of its long overdue (four years overdue to be exact) third-grade follow-up … More

    School Choice Means Equal Opportunity

    Education reform is critical for all Americans, but it has a particular importance and potent potential impact on America’s fastest growing demographic. Nearly 50 percent of Hispanic students fail to graduate with their class, which shows the vulnerability of many Latino youth trapped in poorly performing schools. But one state, Indiana, … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Packed with New Head Start Spending

    Legislation to provide $60 billion to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy includes $100 million for the federal Head Start day care program. According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, funding for the FY 2013 Disaster Assistance Supplemental bill will be used to repair 265 Head Start centers. Specifically, funds appropriated to … More

    Responses to Union Suggestion of a Teacher "Bar Exam"

    Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), proposed a “bar exam” for public-school teachers in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week. Modeled after the bar exam for aspiring lawyers, the new test would be intended to produce highly effective teachers. But it would do nothing of … More

    National Education Standards Trade Literature for Reading Government Documents

    No more King Arthur stories, kids—you’re going to start reading some information-packed government documents instead! Adding to a number of problems with the Obama Administration-backed Common Core education standards, beginning with the fact that the federal government should not be involved in the business of curriculum standards, is the questionable … More