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    Is Hollywood Turning on Teachers Unions?

    Earlier this week Politico‘s Ben Smith reported on how tough economic times are leading politicians from both parties to start attacking government unions. Smith writes: They’re the whipping boys for a new generation of governors who, thanks to a tanking economy and an assist from editorial boards, feel freer than … More

    The Lottery: Children’s Futures Left to Luck

    Tomorrow, a new documentary, The Lottery, will premier in Washington, DC. The film is based on the Harlem charter school lottery: a luck-of-the-draw process to determine who of thousands of vying New York City children will be offered 475 charter school slots. Specifically, it tells the stories of four New … More

    Standardizing Mediocrity in America's Public Schools

    The Obama administration’s Race to the Top program presents states with a choice: adopt national standards for academic performance, or refuse desperately-needed federal dollars. The problem? National standards only standardize mediocrity, while taking power over educational choices out of the hands of parents and local school boards and transferring it … More

    Video of the Week: NJ Gov. Chris Christie on School Choice

    Last month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) gave the keynote address to the American Federation for Children Policy Summit in Washington, DC. You can see his whole speech here and you can read about the studies Christie mentions demonstrating that school choice programs work, here.

    Race to the Top: Some States Choose Educational Liberty over Temporary Government Safety

    A growing number of states have decided not to participate in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top grant program, forgoing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. More and more states are choosing not to apply for a RttT grant as it become exceedingly evident that unions are … More

    Outside the Beltway: Head Start Fraud

    Head Start, which provides child development services primarily to low-income families and their children, is one of the few popular programs that came out of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But following up on hotline tips alleging fraud and abuse, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) began an undercover investigation of … More

    Saving Schools and Empowering Parents through Virtual Education

    Last Thursday, Paul Peterson, Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University and editor-in-chief of Education Next, treated a Heritage audience to a discussion about his new book Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning. He was joined by an all-star panel of discussants, which … More

    Race to the Top's Bart Simpson Standard

    It’s not exactly news that the federal No Child Left Behind program has encouraged the states to define proficiency downward in order to avoid triggering various federal sanctions. But judging from Education Next’s recent grading of state proficiency standards, the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program is no fix. Here’s … More

    Head Start Fraud: It’s Worse than You Think

    “Fraud,” “deceit,” and “exploitation.”  Those words were used this week at a hearing about the Head Start program–the federal government’s long-standing preschool program for low-income children. An investigation carried out by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), revealed several cases of underreporting of income and the falsification of addresses by Head … More

    Race to the Top, Or Race to the Middle?

    It appears that Race to the Top (RTTT)–the government’s latest attempt to dole out federal dollars for state education budgets–is turning into more of a wild goose chase. Politico reports: The idea seemed simple: Hold a contest for states to compete for billions in federal aid, right at a moment … More