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    Morning Bell: More 'Stimulus' from President Obama

    By most accounts, President Obama’s $800 billion “stimulus” bill that was passed in February 2009 with the promise of keeping unemployment below 8 percent was an absolute failure. However, last night in a speech to a joint session of Congress, the President demanded that it spend another $450 billion on … More

    Obama to Call for Washington-Built Schools in Thursday 'Jobs Speech'

    President Obama will likely call for more education spending in his jobs speech scheduled for Thursday, and it’s anticipated that he will make a pitch specifically for new federal funding for school construction. But federally financed school construction is problematic on constitutional and practical grounds. The U.S. Constitution does not … More

    School Choice at Risk for Colorado Kids

    In a momentous move in March of this year, a Colorado school board voted to implement its first private school choice program. The program allows up to 500 children in Douglas County to attend a private school of their choice. Now, hundreds of students are being blocked from receiving these … More

    Back to School: More School Choice than Ever

    It’s back to school time. And this year, students across the nation have more educational opportunity than in any previous year. 2011 has been named “The Year of School Choice,” and for good reason. Forty-two states introduced over 150 pieces of school choice legislation, and 12 states and the District … More

    Obama’s "Backdoor Education Agenda"

    On August 8, the Obama Administration announced it would begin granting waivers to states to allow them to opt out of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. But there’s a catch: If a state desires to obtain a waiver, it must also agree to sign on to requirements the … More

    Crocodile Tears for Texas from the Department of Education

    “I feel very, very badly for the children there,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week. No, he wasn’t talking about underprivileged children in South America, malnourished kids in Africa, or children in war-ravished regions throughout the world. No, the Secretary was referring to children in Texas. According to Bloomberg … More

    Obama Administration Continues to Make Policy Through Waivers

    On Monday, the White House announced that it will start issuing waivers for states to avoid the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The White House is making states sign on to Obama education policies in order to receive a waiver, completely bypassing Congress and the normal legislative … More

    Lunch With Heritage Online Chat on the Education Waivers

    The Department of Education announced Monday that they will be issuing waivers to states to avoid No Child Left Behind’s onerous provisions. But if states accept the waivers, they’ll be getting some temporary relief from federal regulations while ceding more control to Washington. In exchange for temporary relief, they’ll be … More

    Morning Bell: White House Rules by Fiat Once Again

    In the shadow of yesterday’s disastrous Wall Street meltdown and President Barack Obama’s address to the nation, a lesser-noticed piece of news emerged from the Obama Administration: By executive fiat, the White House is once again circumventing Congress in the name of advancing the President’s agenda. It’s a story we’ve … More

    Waive State Educational Authority Goodbye

    The auto bailout, EPA regulations, Obamacare, and now No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Obama Administration is doing yet another end-run around Congress, this time granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of NCLB in exchange for adopting a yet-to-be-specified set of executive branch education policy priorities. Today, the … More