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    Chicago Teachers' Retirement Benefits Are Extravagant

    When Chicago teachers began their strike on Monday, critics rightly pointed out that the city already pays one of the highest average teacher salaries in the nation. Even more important, however, is the generous retirement package received by Chicago public school teachers. A Chicago teacher who retired in 2011 after … More

    Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Parent's Perspective

    This week marked the second week of school in Virginia for my two elementary-level children. And as I began to navigate the “get to know you” phase of the new school year, I had a dismaying new perspective on the current teacher union strike in Chicago. There are a lot … More

    It's Time to Break 'The Machine'

    Reason TV and The Moving Picture Institute recently came out with a new video called “The Machine.” ”The Machine” highlights the correlation between the taxpayers, politicians, and the education unions. It works like this: Taxpayers send money to the government, which then uses it to pay for government education employees. Teachers are forced to pay … More

    FACT CHECK: Secretary Arne Duncan on Education Cuts

    During remarks to attendees in Charlotte last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan claimed that the budget passed by the House of Representatives would mean “fewer teachers in the classroom, fewer resources for poor kids and students with disabilities, [and] fewer after school programs.” However, the House budget does not designate … More

    Morning Bell: 25,000 Chicago Teachers Walk Off the Job

    This morning, about 350,000 students in Chicago Public Schools will be without teachers. While the 25,000-plus unionized teachers take to the picket lines in a strike over benefits and teacher evaluations, working parents are scrambling to figure out what to do. “We know a strike is really going to be … More

    To Improve National Security, Step Up Science and Technology Education

    The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) thinks we should strengthen domestic manufacturing, and to garner support, they have even taken out ads in conservative standbys such as RedState.com and Human Events. Their prescription, however, misses the mark. The AAM correctly points out that to strengthen our manufacturing sector, the U.S. … More

    Condoleezza Rice's Inspirational Remarks on School Choice

    Listening to Condoleezza Rice’s speech at the Republican convention the other night, I have never felt so proud. Not because, like me, she is African American—and not because, like me, she is conservative—but because she makes everything so clear. We both grew up in the South and experienced so many … More

    Morning Bell: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of a New School Year

    As of today, the vast majority of American students have begun a new school year. As lunches are packed and carpool lines grow, Heritage reviews the good, bad, and ugly in education. The Good Support for school choice is at an all-time high. In a poll released in August, school … More

    Teachers Union Claims Black School Choice Group Supports KKK

    A major state-level teachers union accused a group promoting school choice for African-American families of supporting the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in a series of statements on Thursday. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers accused the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) of advancing a “pro-KKK … More

    Education Waiver Would Spell Entanglement for Alabama

    Alabama is considering requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to relieve the state of some of the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But the waivers represent a troubling pact with Washington: To get relief from federal mandates, Alabama must agree to more federal intervention. … More