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    Five Questions for Education Secretary Duncan: How He Answered

    Prior to Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech at the National Press Club this past Tuesday, we issued five questions for the Secretary to answer. Here’s what Duncan had to say in regard to each of the five topics we presented: 1. Support for Education Unions In his speech, Duncan touched … More

    Debate 2012: Do We Need More Teachers?

    “Governor [Mitt] Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers,” President Obama said last night. “I do.” The President’s confidence that “we need more teachers” to improve education is misplaced, and his proposal to subsidize teacher hiring using federal dollars would do more harm than good. Adding teachers is intended to … More

    Michigan Ballot Measure Could Protect Drug-Dealing Teachers

    A teachers’ union contract in Bay City, MI, has become a focal point in the battle over a ballot measure in that state that seeks to provide legal guarantees for union collective bargaining agreements — and invalidate laws that conflict with those agreements. The contract allows teachers to show up … More

    National Education Standards, Title I Portability Shape First Presidential Debate

    Last night’s presidential debate included quite a few specifics on education policy from both President Obama and Governor Romney. President Obama’s call for more federal spending on education was no surprise. But his choice to highlight the Administration’s involvement in pushing states to adopt national standards and tests was remarkable. … More

    Education Secretary’s National Press Club Speech: Falsehoods

    On Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a back-to-school speech of sorts at the National Press Club in Washington. During the question and answer period, an audience member asked Secretary Duncan: “What would be the biggest difference between a Romney and Obama administration on education?” Duncan responded: I think the … More

    Five Questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    On Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the National Press Club. Here are five questions we’d like him to answer: You said the outcome of the Chicago teachers strike was “great for children.” Considering that the union hindered a merit-pay proposal that would have awarded the … More

    VIDEO: The Future Is Brighter With School Choice

    This weekend’s release of “Won’t Back Down” has helped shine the spotlight on school choice. Heritage would like to keep it there, which is why we produced a short new video about the importance of parental choice in education. Frustrated by the status quo and failing schools, more and more … More

    Q&A: "Won't Back Down" Producer Brings School Choice to Big Screen

    The movie “Won’t Back Down” opened yesterday in more than 2,500 theaters across America. The film brings to the big screen the highly charged issue of education reform by showcasing how two committed parents take on the establishment. With a cast of stars, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, the … More

    Heritage's Opposition to National Education Standards Advances Public Debate

    Federal intervention into education has been a growing problem over the past four-and-a-half decades and is being supersized by the Obama Administration’s current efforts to push states to nationalize their standards, tests, and, ultimately, curriculum. Heritage has been sounding the warning bell about the Common Core national standards push and … More

    Morning Bell: Hollywood Steps Up in "Won't Back Down"

    A new movie opens in theaters today that couldn’t be more timely. The school year is hitting its stride, and the teachers union in Chicago just captured the national spotlight by strong-arming that city to meet its demands—at the expense of students and taxpayers. The time is ripe for a … More