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    D.C. Needs Real School Choice

    Technically, the District of Columbia offers school choice. However, as a Washington Post article pointed out this weekend, there is a difference between school choice and real school choice, the latter available to too few students in the nation’s capital. D.C. children who attend an underperforming school are allowed to … More

    The Education Year in Review – 2010

    As we enter a new year, education reformers will look back on 2010 as the year when education in the United States began to return its focus to the needs of students instead of to the demands of adults. During this past year, public attention to the barriers of educational … More

    Daniels Puts Hoosier State on School Choice Map

    For Indiana families, 2011 is already promising to be an exciting year for educational opportunity. Governor Mitch Daniels recently told the Courier-Journal that he will push to enact an education voucher program for low-income students, which would provide them with scholarships to attend a private school of their choice. The … More

    Parents “Trigger” Reform in California

    Since last January, every parent in California of a child in a failing public school has had the legal right to petition and invoke one of four turnaround models. Yesterday, in a revolutionary move, parents at McKinley Elementary School, part of the Compton Unified School District, did just that, becoming … More

    New Direction for Education Policy in the House

    When the 112th Congress convenes in January, the House Education and Labor Committee will have a new chairman with a strong record of reform: Representative John Kline of Minnesota. In a press release statement earlier today, Kline stated: My goal for the federal programs and agencies that oversee our schools … More

    Coverdell Education Savings Accounts at Risk in Tax Debate

    Lost in the framework agreement between the Obama Administration and congressional Republicans on extending tax relief is the future of Coverdell IRAs, savings accounts designed to help families pay for K-12 education expenses and tuition. Like their college counterparts, Coverdell IRAs allow parents to save money for K-12 education expenses … More

    The Education Justice League Would Move Learning Online

    In an article entitled “Waiting for ‘Superman’, Spiderman, Batman and the Whole Education Justice League,” Sajan George outlines one of the major problems for one-size-fits-all public education: How exactly do we replicate the results of a few excellent teachers all over the nation? The real question is how do we … More

    Florida’s Education Reforms: The Rest of the Story

    The education establishment is pushing back against common-sense education reforms that have proved successful in Florida. Dr. Madhabi Chatterji, a professor at Columbia Teachers College, has written a paper critical of a Heritage  study of these reforms by Matthew Ladner, Vice President of Research at the Goldwater Institute and I. … More

    State Education Chiefs: Students Should Be Our Focus

    At least five state education chiefs — from across the country and from both political parties — agree: The focus of education should be the student. That’s why they banded together to form Chiefs for Change, a coalition of state education officials “committed to putting children first through bold, visionary … More

    The Cartel: Where Are Our Education Dollars Going?

    The Cartel, a searing education documentary, opens nationwide on Wednesday. The film, by director Bob Bowden, exposes where our multiplying education tax dollars are going. Spoiler alert: In too many instances, they aren’t going toward teaching children. Bowden focuses on New Jersey, a state that spends over $17,000 per student … More