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    On Education, Obama Says One Thing But Does Another

    Earlier today, President Obama delivered a commencement speech to students graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Booker T. Washington high school won the president’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, designed to have high schools demonstrate their commitment to college readiness as part of a competition … More

    Education and the Workforce Committee Moves to Streamline Department of Education

    Over the past few months, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has been conducting a series of hearings to examine the impact of the federal role in education on local schools. Presentations by school superintendents, education policy experts, and charter school operators painted a picture of the burden of … More

    Federal Education Reform: John Kline Lays Out the Next Steps

    “A recent national survey revealed an overwhelming majority of American voters believe they aren’t getting their money’s worth from public schools,” writes Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, yesterday in the Indianapolis Star. And with data showing that education spending has tripled in … More

    Opposition to Obama's Push for National Education Standards Keeps Growing

    Opposition to the Obama Administration’s push for national standards and tests is growing. Yesterday, more than 100 education leaders—professors, policy leaders, public policy heads, former Members of Congress, and others—released a manifesto opposing Washington’s unprecedented overreach into what is taught in local schools. Closing the Door on Innovation charges that … More

    The Most Exciting Two Minutes in School Choice

    The Kentucky Derby may be known as the “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” but developments in school choice over the past few months have been the most exciting since Milton Friedman first proposed the idea in 1955. Indeed, this is the new normal: we are now taken aback … More

    Governor Mitch Daniels Champions Education Reforms

    Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) signed into law legislation to implement the nation’s largest school voucher program. And this week, the Governor visited Washington, D.C., to highlight his education reform agenda, which is rooted in the belief that those closest to students know them best—a fact which should drive … More

    Wisconsin Wave Continues: Students’ Interests Overtake Union Demands

    It began in Wisconsin, but it’s not stopping there. When legislators in the Badger State moved to reform unions’ collective bargaining power earlier this year, their action not only stirred movement in their own state but sent a ripple effect across the nation. And it continues to spread. As Charles … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Trent Franks on Parental Choice in Education

    Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, overturning the notoriously biased Ninth District Court’s decision against the case and throwing out the challenge to Arizona’s tuition tax credit legislation. The Supreme Court’s ruling marks the culmination of 14 … More

    North Carolina County Wants to Give Parents a Better Option Than Busing

    For years, Wake County, North Carolina, has had a “busing” policy aiming to create socioeconomic diversity in county schools. The district’s experiment to better integrate schools left many students having to take long bus rides to schools far from their homes. “Parents and residents … said busing for the purpose … More

    The Case for a “Greatly Reduced Federal Footprint” in Education

    When Congressman John Kline (R–MN) served as a Marine, “one of [his] assignments was to carry the ‘football’—the package containing the nuclear launch codes—for presidents Carter and Reagan,” writes George Will in profile of the House Education and Workforce Committee chairman last week. Now Kline is quarterbacking the House approach … More