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    NEA Convention Reminds Us: It’s About Union Power, Not Children

    It’s hard to forget former National Education Association (NEA) General Counsel Bob Chanin’s farewell address during the 2009 NEA national convention. “It is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child,” Chanin boasted. “The NEA … More

    Lessons from Chile: School Choice Gets Results

    Forty-five kindergarten children sit attentively in a cold classroom in a poor school on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile. Bundled in blue and white uniforms, they patiently wait on their teacher’s next instruction, a child occasionally moving across the small room to access materials in his personal cubby-hole. In a … More

    Florida: Five Steps Forward for School Choice

    Florida, already an education reform leader, took further steps this week to expand educational opportunity and provide more school choice for families. Governor Rick Scott (R), who on Monday signed five bills to broaden educational opportunities for K–12 students, remarked: “Everything we can do to encourage more choice, we should … More

    State-Based Reform, Not National Standards, Key to Better Education

    “America’s economic strength and standing in the world economy are directly linked to our ability to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st-century economy….We must insist on standards that will prepare our high-school graduates for the demanding challenges they will face.” So wrote former Florida … More

    School Choice on Its Way to North Carolina

    Add North Carolina to the list of states making monumental moves forward on school choice. In the last two weeks, legislators in the Tarheel State have advanced two policies to expand educational options for the state’s students. The first lifts the state’s cap on charter schools, currently limited to100. The … More

    Fathers Matter: Involved Dads Get an A+ for Increasing Academic Achievement

    Spending on education has skyrocketed over the past five decades, more than tripling since the 1960s. But despite the ever-increasing taxpayer investment in education, American students’ academic achievement has flatlined. While continuing the status quo of excessive spending does not increase educational gains, social science points to a strong correlation … More

    Why You're Not Getting the College Education You Paid For

    Anywhere else it would have been grounds for dismissal. But when J. Michael Bailey, Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, allowed demonstrations with sex toys as a part of a course, he was immune to firing, let alone outside pressure, because he had tenure. ­That was just one of the … More

    Morning Bell: Send Education Dollars and Decision-Making Back Home

    The Obama Administration has another problem on its hands. The mighty hand of the federal government has its grip on education in the form of the No Child Left Behind federal law on public education, but the trouble is that the law isn’t working. Instead of a top-down approach to … More

    Gainful Employment Rule Will Limit Access to Non-Traditional Colleges

    On Tuesday, Senator Mike Enzi (R–WY) took a stand against the Department of Education’s (DOE) assault on the for-profit college sector, walking out of a hearing on the DOE’s new regulations limiting access to higher education. The new “gainful employment” rule issued by the DOE on June 2 restricts access … More

    Guest Blog: Georgians Will Continue to Fight for School Choice Options

    Better than 97 percent proficient in reading, 94 percent proficient in math, and a perfect 100 percent in writing: These are the most recent criterion-referenced competency test and 8th grade writing assessment scores for Ivy Preparatory Charter School located in Gwinnett County, a suburb of Atlanta. In a state where … More