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    NJ’s Christie Signs Teacher Tenure Reform into Law

    Legislators in New Jersey recently dealt a heavy blow to the oldest teacher tenure law in the nation. State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D–Essex) spent two years drafting a bill to reform the 103-year-old teacher tenure law and tie teacher job security to student performance. And now her bill is becoming … More

    Department of Education Knows Best: Washington’s Idea of Flexibility in Education

    Don’t worry. The Department of Education says we can trust that the Obama Administration’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver plan is the best solution for improving public schools. In a letter to the editor in The Washington Post on July 25, Education Secretary Arne Duncan asserted that the waiver … More

    Utah Takes First Step in Regaining Control of Education

    When the fight for control over what is taught in American schools is won, Utah will be remembered for having fired the shot heard ’round the country’s classrooms and statehouses. In a move that should inspire other state leaders concerned with the Obama Administration’s push to nationalize standards and tests … More

    Indiana Superintendent: Obama Administration Nationalized Common Core Standards

    At a Tea Party gathering last month, Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett expressed his concern with the growing federal overreach of Common Core education standards. “This administration has an insatiable appetite for federal overreach,” he said. “The federal government’s involvement in these standards is wrong.” The Indianapolis Star adds: Bennett … More

    Morning Bell: Friedman's Legacy of Fighting for School Choice for All

    On the late Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday today, his words are truer than ever: “There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children.” And the news from many parts of the country is … More

    Remembering Milton Friedman's School Choice Legacy

    Let us imagine we have the power to rebuild our education system from the ground up—an appropriate mental exercise as we remember the late Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman on his 100th birthday tomorrow. If we could rebuild our education system from scratch, it’s unlikely we would create a system … More

    Louisiana Teachers Union Threatens to Sue Voucher Schools

    The left’s tactic of intimidation is at work again, this time in Louisiana. The Louisiana Association of Educators is threatening litigation against private parochial schools in the state that plan to accept voucher students this fall. This past Wednesday, private schools that have elected to participate in the new statewide … More

    D.C. Public Schools Spend Almost $30,000 Per Student

    You would think $30,000 a year would get you a decent education. For just a few thousand more, you could cover the cost of Harvard’s yearly undergraduate tuition or send your child to the prestigious Sidwell Friends School, which the Obama daughters attend. But spending $30,000 to cover the cost … More

    Application of Title IX Guidance to Math and Science Education

    Last week, Heritage published a blog post entitled “Obama Administration Broadens Gender Quotas in Higher Ed,” detailing the Administration’s expansion of Title IX enforcement to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Department of Education (DOE) has taken exception to the post and sent the following via e-mail: The … More

    Obama Proposes Federal Paychecks for Local Teachers

    This week, President Obama proposed a new $1 billion federal program that would establish a “Master Teacher Corps” in 100 locations across the country. This is not the first time the Administration has proposed subsidizing teacher salaries, but it is the first proposal that would give federal-issued paychecks directly to … More