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    Harming Children: Continued Funding for the 21st Century Learning Centers

    Congress has a clear justification, based upon rigorous scientific evidence that the Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning Centers harms children, for ending the program. Despite this finding, Congress appears intent on continuing the program. Compared to the 2013 continuing resolution funding level of $1.173 billion, the omnibus spending bill … More

    Lee’s College Accreditation Legislation Could Drive Down College Costs

    The current college accreditation system is broken – and it’s driving up college costs. Senator Mike Lee’s (R – UT)’s new legislation to reform the outdated and bureaucratic system of college accreditation is a welcome step. The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act would allow states the opportunity to … More

    Lee Introduces Plan to Help Lower College Costs, Increase Innovation

    Senator Mike Lee wants to boost educational opportunities for low-income and middle-class Americans by allowing colleges to be accredited at the state level. Today, the Utah Republican introduced a bill that would permit colleges to get accreditation at the state, rather than regional or federal, level and still be eligible … More

    No Child Left Behind Turns 12

    Yesterday marks a dozen years since No Child Left Behind became law. Yesterday was also notable because the groundwork for NCLB’s legislative predecessor, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was laid 50 years ago as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and “Great Society” initiatives. While ESEA wouldn’t … More

    Is Common Core Leaving Students Unprepared in Math and Science?

    A leading education reform scholar argues that Common Core national standards are leaving students unprepared for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Sandra Stotsky, who served as a senior associate commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education and worked on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Systemic … More

    Kansas Reclaims Control of Testing, Drops Common Core Assessments

    Last week, Kansas decided to drop the Common Core–aligned Smarter Balanced tests in favor of having the University of Kansas craft the assessments that Kansas students will take beginning in the 2015–2016 school year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports: After hours of in-depth discussion, the Kansas State Board of Education voted … More

    Two Charter Schools That Are Preserving the American Dream

    In addition to a good education, strong social relationships are also essential for a child’s upward economic mobility. The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) and The Propel School are especially successful at educating their students in part because they work to improve their students’ social capital. “Social capital” refers to … More

    The New Frontier in School Choice: Education Savings Accounts

    Parents are using Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to tailor their child’s education to meet that child’s individual learning needs and are highly satisfied with the flexibility the accounts provide, according to two reports released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. In 2011, new ground was broken in the fight … More

    Common Core: The Least Common Denominator

    Common Core proponents have long argued that the push toward national standards promotes “college and career readiness.” Not so, argues a new report by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy. According to Pioneer, Common Core does not prepare students for admission into highly selective four-year universities and STEM (science, … More

    Stuck in the Middle: American Student Performance Stagnates on New PISA Exam

    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has just released the findings from its most recent assessment of student academic achievement internationally. The PISA is administered every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and assesses the student achievement of 15-year-olds in math, science, and reading, … More