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    Morning Bell: Half-Billion Dollar Schools Can't Fix American Education

    At $578 million, the Robert F. Kennedy School in Los Angeles is the most expensive public school ever built in America. It features a high-tech swimming pool, a chic auditorium, vaulted ceilings, luxury amenities and a design aesthetic worthy of a spread in Architectural Digest. ABC News reports that the … More

    Outside the Beltway: LAUSD Facing Budget Cuts, School Year Delayed

    The Los Angeles Unified School District ( LAUSD ) is in a bind. The Tuesday after Labor Day is usually when school starts for schoolchildren in Los Angeles. But not this year. Due to budget cuts, LAUSD could not open most of its school’s doors. This latest development is in … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Chris Christie Schools New Jersey Teachers Unions

    Funding for public education amid budget cuts and a tight economy is creating a political pressure cooker in New Jersey, as Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the New Jersey Education Association butt heads over education spending. In this must-watch video, the plain spoken Christie stands his ground when a local … More

    In Pennsylvania, Rival State Leaders Converge on School Choice

    Pennsylvania residents in this year’s gubernatorial race will be casting their votes for school choice regardless of their political affiliation. In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, author Bill McGurn reports that both Democratic candidate Dan Onorato and his Republican opponent, state Attorney General Tom Corbett, are proponents of school choice. It … More

    Heritage Supports the Values Voter Summit

    The Values Voter Summit, September 17-19 in Washington, DC, is a premier event where prominent conservatives come together to discuss important issues in America (click here to sign-up). As a cosponsor, Heritage is proud to have many of our policy experts featured on the schedule. Highlights include: A Constitution Day … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Wish You Could Choose Your Child's Teacher?

    Back-to-school season can be emotional for parents.  As Johnny enters a new grade level, it’s one more reminder that not too many Septembers from now it will be time to help him move into the dorm, not just pack his lunch for the day. Parents can, understandably, feel a little … More

    Charter Schools Rise in Katrina’s Wake

    Hurricane Katrina destroyed more than just buildings. Left with scarce resources and personnel, local government in New Orleans became weak and ineffective in the aftermath of the flooding. Five years later, the rebuilding of New Orleans is far from complete, but reformers can point to at least one major accomplishment: … More

    Federal Carrot-and-Stick Approach Behind National Standards

    Despite the Obama Administration’s assertion that the push for states to adopt national education standards and tests is completely voluntary, concerns have been raised from the beginning about the federal “carrot and stick” approach driving their adoption. A key qualification for a Race to the Top grant was moving toward … More

    Morning Bell: Secretary Duncan's Race to Waste Your Education Dollars

    When Education Secretary Arne Duncan first unveiled his Race to the Top (RttT) program in July of last year, he admitted that “when I was superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools, I did not always welcome calls from the U.S. Department of Education. That’s because the department, from its inception … More

    States Win Race to the Top Battle but Lose the Education Autonomy War

    Yesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the round 2 Race to the Top (RttT) winners. Nine states, along with the District of Columbia, will divide $3.4 billion in federal grant money. The winners included D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Delaware … More