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    National Education Standards: Still Not a Conservative Idea

    “The Common Core Curriculum: National Education Standards Even Conservatives Can Love.” This is what Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli of the Fordham Institute write about the Obama Administration’s push to implement national standards in classrooms across the nation. In reality, there is nothing conservative about national standards, which will further … More

    National Education Standards: The Next Washington Takeover

    The New York Times reports that 27 states are planning to adopt the set of national standards developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) — standards being backed by the Obama administration with federal funds. Like so many of the president’s … More

    Chipping Away at the Union Stranglehold

    Despite decades of union gridlock, the Washington, D.C., school board, with the help of school Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s leadership, has successfully contracted with teachers unions to implement performance pay. The contract with the Washington Teachers’ Union is a huge triumph for Rhee in her fight for education reform in our … More

    Tucker Carlson on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and Union Control

    Tucker Carlson takes it to the teachers unions and the administration for phasing-out the highly successful and popular D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. “D.C. Public Schools aren’t bad, they’re the worst.” Carlson notes that the D.C. voucher program is “a direct challenge to the teachers’ unions. Here are kids who aren’t … More

    More Regulation for Private Sector Higher Education?

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” This is the government’s view of the economy, according to the late President Reagan. The Department of Education (DOE) is clearly using this flawed approach as it pursues regulation of the highly successful … More

    Why You Should Buy Into "The Lottery"

    The Lottery, a new documentary about charter schools in New York City, is changing the debate on parental choice in education.  Madeleine Sackler, a 27 year old graduate of Duke University and creator of the film, follows 4 students who have been entered into a lottery to be selected for … More

    The Slippery Slope Toward National Science Standards

    The Obama Administration is successfully orchestrating one of the largest federal overreaches into education policy since the Great Society programs of the mid-1960s. If this news is coming as a surprise, it’s because the Administration is maneuvering outside of normal legislative procedure, by way of Trojan-horse programs such as Race … More

    A Department Only Washington Could Love

    The results are in: The Department of Education (DOE) is the least popular of all federal departments. Considering the stagnate state of U.S. students’ test scores despite ever increasing federal education spending, this should come as no surprise. What should be surprising—and troubling—however, is that some Members of Congress want … More

    Why Florida Was the "Smart" Choice for LeBron

    Everyone has speculated about why LeBron James chose Florida as his next home court. Maybe it was the lower tax rate, perhaps the sunny beaches, or perhaps to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in pursuit of countless championships. Here’s another possibility: LeBron wants to be in a … More

    Future of U.S. Education: From Milwaukee to Mexico?

    Stephen Moore has a good case study in the July 7 Wall Street Journal detailing the intransigence of the Milwaukee Teachers’ union, which is refusing to give an inch in negotiations with the local school board as it tries to close a funding gap and avoid teacher layoffs. Rather than … More