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    Government Shutdown Highlights Need for Head Start Reform

    Due to the government shutdown, roughly two dozen federally funded Head Start day care centers will temporarily close their doors this week. For those low-income parents in affected areas expecting to send their toddlers to Head Start this week, the closures will no doubt create some headaches. But all of … More

    Guess How Many Education Department Employees Are "Essential"

    The Department of Education has furloughed 95 percent of its employees, deeming them non-essential. To learn how to reform the Department of Education, click here.

    Florida to Withdraw from Common Core Assessments; Other States May Soon Follow

    Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), citing concerns over federal overreach, issued an executive order last week limiting the Sunshine State’s involvement with the Common Core national assessments. While the executive order does not remove Florida from the Common Core national standards, it directs the state board of education to withdraw … More

    One Parent’s Fight Against Common Core Education Standards: “Is This America?”

    That was the question asked by a parent while he was being escorted out of a public forum held by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reason he was escorted out: He dared to challenge the school superintendents on Common Core education standards. The concerned parent, after being interrupted … More

    Common Core Lacks Common (Business) Sense

    Proponents of the Common Core national standards push, including the U.S. Department of Education, have long argued that Common Core is a state-led initiative. Why, then, would Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—and special guest President Obama—meet with more than 40 CEOs to promote Common Core? President Obama and the nation’s … More

    Obama Administration Threatens the Dreams of Low-Income Students in Louisiana

    Days after commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Obama Administration filed suit against the Louisiana Scholarship Program, which has provided thousands of low-income children more opportunity to make their dreams reality. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed suit to stop the program, claiming that … More

    Poll Reveals "A Nation Confused" on Common Core National Standards

    A bundle of federal incentives encouraged 45 states to adopt Common Core national standards and tests. But a new poll shows that most Americans have no idea what the Common Core is—even though it will have major ramifications for their children and their tax dollars. Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup … More

    College Accreditation Regime Putting Roadblocks in the Way of Online Schools

    Last month Ivy Bridge College, a two-year online degree program,was ordered to discontinue operations. With the help of technology firm Altius Education, Ohio-based Tiffin College created Ivy Bridge in 2010 to deliver associate’s degrees to students. The Ivy Bridge partnership primarily served low-income working adults (69 percent are below the … More

    Fulfilling the Dream

    This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. My own journey—to provide an opportunity for quality education for all children—began in Little Rock, Arkansas. It continued in Washington, D.C., and has now brought me full circle back to Little Rock to stand with parents so that … More