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    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

    GAO Investigation Finds Head Start Engaged in Fraudulent Behavior

    The federal government’s Head Start program comes under scrutiny today by the House Education and Labor Committee, which will examine a Government Accountability Office investigation that discovered fraudulent behavior and unlawful actions in the program’s enrollment and eligibility processes. Chairman George Miller (D-CA) called today’s 1:30 p.m. committee hearing after … More

    The End of a Good Run for Chicago School Choice Bill

    In a disappointing turn of events, the Illinois House has rejected a school voucher bill that would have enabled up to 30,000 children to escape the underperforming Chicago public schools to attend a private school of their choice. But the story here – that a monumental school choice program was … More

    School Choice: What Parents Want

    The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) is a comprehensive school choice program that serves some of the lowest performing students in the nation.  Now two decades old, MPCP has allowed mostly poor and black parents to choose any school—public or private, religious or secular—for their children to attend. The most … More

    Side Effects: Stay Single and Save 15 Percent or More on Health Insurance

    No, this isn’t a Geico commercial.  Come 2013, America’s bachelors may want to think twice before popping the question.  Thanks to Obamacare, some couples can save thousands on health insurance just by opting to cohabit rather than marry. How?  The subsidy system erected in the complicated new health law manages … More

    Virtual Education: Opening Closed Doors

    This fall, fewer than half of all public school students in Kansas City, Missouri will return to their former classrooms. Due to budget constraints and declining student enrollment, the district is closing nearly 30 of its 61 public schools. The number of public school students in the Kansas City Missouri … More

    Groundbreaking School Choice Movement in Illinois

    School choice is on the march in Illinois. And if the Rev. Senator James Meeks (D-15) has his way, 22,000 children stand to gain a lifeline out of failing public schools in the Prairie State. Senator Meeks introduced the school choice bill, which passed out of the Senate in March. … More

    Football Coach Makes A Difference for At-Risk Students in Cleveland

    Ted Ginn Sr., father of NFL wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., has coached some of the best college and professional talent in the NFL and NCAA. But he is doing something even more impressive off the field in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Ginn presented a plan to establish the … More

    Borrowing from Their Future: Senator Harkin's $23 Billion Emergency Education Bill

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced during a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing last Wednesday that he will sponsor a $23 billion emergency jobs bill in response to the country’s education employment situation. During the hearing Education Secretary Arne Duncan described the education job situation as “brutal” and Ramon C. Cortines, Superintendent … More