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    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

    Family Fact of the Week: Universal Child Care Does Not Bode Well for America's Children

    Rumblings are once again underway indicating movement on President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to “work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America,” and to drive forward his agenda to create a “cradle to career” government education system. Increased spending of Americans’ tax … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Have Religious Liberty Every Day of the Week

    What days should Americans be able to live out their religious beliefs? Is religious liberty limited to church on Sunday or synagogue on Saturday? Or can deeply held beliefs influence the day-to-day lives of Americans? Regular religious observance can have a positive impact on adolescent behavior, teen academic achievement, and … More

    Family Fact of the Week: What the Record-Low Marriage Rate Means for Americans’ Well-Being

    Though the marriage rate in America has reached an all-time low, there is a small sign of hope. Within the next two years, there will be a slight rise in the number of weddings as Millennials hit the marriage life stage, according to a recent study by Demographic Intelligence. Given … More

    A-PLUS: A Conservative Alternative to NCLB

    On Thursday, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced a conservative alternative to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS) would allow states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to … More

    Father’s Day and the Tie Dads Give

    Throughout the nation, stores stock up on ties for Father’s Day, but there’s one tie that money can’t buy: the bond that fathers establish with their children through their presence and involvement in their lives. Decades of research show that fathers make a difference in a range of measures of … More

    Morning Bell: Why We Don't Need Universal Preschool

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he wanted to “make high-quality preschool available to every child in America” and “make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” So Heritage experts took a look at the President’s plan to see if it … More

    D.C. Parents Say School Choice Gives Students a Chance at Success

    “Either he doesn’t get it, or he doesn’t care,” Sheila Jackson, parent of a D.C. Opportunity Scholarship recipient, said upon hearing the news that President Obama’s budget eliminates funding for the popular program. Jackson sounded torn about which was worse. “I was appalled,” she told Scribe. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship … More