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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

    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 Budget Ends Funding for D.C. School Choice Program

    Yesterday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan testified before the House Appropriations Committee about Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request for the Department of Education. Congressman Andy Harris (R–MD) took the opportunity to question Duncan about a glaring omission from the budget: funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP). The … More

    Education Secretary Duncan’s Hyperbolic Sequester Rhetoric

    During an interview on “Face the Nation” this past Sunday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan employed the Obama Administration’s Chicken Little sequester rhetoric, this time about teacher jobs: It just means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need, and as many as 40,000 … More

    Organizing for Action Uses Discredited Information on Sequestration

    President Obama’s campaign organization is using discredited information and misleading numbers in its latest effort to lobby Congress to stop sequestration. An email sent today by Jim Messina, chairman of Organizing for Action, urges supporters to sign a petition in support of Obama’s tax hikes. The email includes the typical … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Regulatory Purgatory

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) may be regulatory hell for school leaders—as a reported 7 million man hours of paperwork each year to comply suggests—but “regulatory purgatory” through a strings-attached waiver process is hardly better. That’s how Senator Pat Roberts (R–KS) referred to the Obama Administration’s strings-attached waiver process in … More

    Five Questions for Education Secretary Duncan: How He Answered

    Prior to Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech at the National Press Club this past Tuesday, we issued five questions for the Secretary to answer. Here’s what Duncan had to say in regard to each of the five topics we presented: 1. Support for Education Unions In his speech, Duncan touched … More

    Education Secretary’s National Press Club Speech: Falsehoods

    On Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a back-to-school speech of sorts at the National Press Club in Washington. During the question and answer period, an audience member asked Secretary Duncan: “What would be the biggest difference between a Romney and Obama administration on education?” Duncan responded: I think the … More

    Five Questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    On Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the National Press Club. Here are five questions we’d like him to answer: You said the outcome of the Chicago teachers strike was “great for children.” Considering that the union hindered a merit-pay proposal that would have awarded the … More

    FACT CHECK: Secretary Arne Duncan on Education Cuts

    During remarks to attendees in Charlotte last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan claimed that the budget passed by the House of Representatives would mean “fewer teachers in the classroom, fewer resources for poor kids and students with disabilities, [and] fewer after school programs.” However, the House budget does not designate … More