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    Arizona's Governor Drops the Ball on School Choice

    “Every child deserves to have an education tailored to meet their needs, and parents deserve the right to make that choice,” stated Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) last year. A self-professed proponent of school choice, last night she shed that mantle and vetoed legislation that would have provided significant new … More

    Head Start: President's Scaremongering Won't Work

    On Tuesday, President Obama criticized Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget proposal as making “draconian cuts” to federal spending programs. In particular, the President said, “If this budget becomes law and the cuts were applied evenly, starting in 2014, over 200,000 children would lose their chance to get an early education … More

    New Hampshire Joins Growing Movement, Embraces School Choice

    The New Hampshire legislature recently passed a tuition tax credit option that would provide low- and middle-income students with increased educational choice. The School Choice Scholarship Act would provide tax credits to businesses that donate to nonprofit organizations that provide vouchers to low- and middle-income children. The participating businesses can … More

    President Obama's Education Budget Buster

    President Obama’s near-term spending proposals for the Department of Education (DOE) are a staggering display of federal profligacy. They include the recently released fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request and an education “blueprint” outlining $60 billion in additional spending. If enacted, these proposals would mean that in one term, President … More

    Scribecast: Rep. Rob Bishop Outlines an Alternative to No Child Left Behind

    More than half of states have asked the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from No Child Left Behind. Ten years after President George W. Bush signed the law, the Obama administration appears willing to grant waivers, so long as states adopt a new set of requirements favored by … More

    South Carolina One Step Closer to School Choice

    The South Carolina House has passed a tuition tax credit program that would give children access to scholarships to attend a private school of their choice. Individuals who donate to the privately funded scholarships for low-income and special needs students would be eligible for a tax credit. The proposal also … More

    Nothing Free about Free Tuition

    Democrats in the Michigan state legislature recently announced the “Michigan 2020” plan, a proposal to provide “free” college tuition—up to $9,500 per year—to Michigan students to attend a state college. Supporters say that this will provide increased opportunities for more low-income students to attend post-secondary institutions. However, there are several … More

    Changes to Coverdell Education Savings Account: Unwise and Unfair

    This year, if Congress and the President fail to act on Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, parents are scheduled to be left out in the cold. Rules concerning how parents are allowed to spend money they have earned in their Coverdell accounts are tied to the expiring Bush tax cuts. If … More

    Nationalizing Education

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said that the idea that the Obama Administration is working to implement national standards and tests “is a conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.” Duncan can deny that the federal government is on the verge of creating a national curriculum—an unprecedented federal overreach—but as George … More

    School Choice Momentum Continues Across the Country

    The positive momentum from the “Year of School Choice” in 2011 is being carried over into 2012, with several states primed to implement major reforms. Louisiana, already a pioneer in the school choice movement, is poised to make its New Orleans voucher program available statewide, allowing low-income students attending “C”-rated … More