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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

    Chart of the Week: How Many Edu-crats Does Your State Have?

    Federal laws and regulations such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) levy a mighty bureaucratic compliance burden on state departments of education. A recent report conducted by The Heritage Foundation finds that state departments of education on average have 142 employees per million state residents. To manage the decades of … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Tethers to the Feds

    The Obama Administration is pushing new No Child Left Behind (NCLB) “flexibility” waiver extensions on states. While the Administration couches the waivers as “relief” from the unworkable mandates of NCLB, in reality the strings-attached policy would grow federal intervention into education in an unprecedented way. In 2011, the U.S. Department … 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.

    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

    Georgia Reclaims Control of Testing; Neighbor Florida to Consider the Same

    Georgia is withdrawing from the Common Core national assessments, and neighboring Florida could soon follow suit. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R), along with Superintendent John Barge, sent a letter to the district superintendents throughout the Peach State last week announcing the decision. Georgia’s move highlights both immediate, practical concerns and … More

    Sequestration? What Sequestration?

    President Obama claimed that millions of Americans would suffer if Congress failed to prevent the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known ominously as “sequestration.” But according to David Fahrenthold and Lisa Rein of The Washington Post, sequestration “has not produced what the Obama administration predicted: widespread breakdowns in crucial … 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

    Federal Student Loans Cost Taxpayers Money

    This piece originally appeared on See Thru Edu, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office has just released an assessment of what the Federal Direct Student Loan program will cost taxpayers using various accounting measures. As has been noted before, any student loan proposal should … More

    WATCH: Heritage Hangout on Common Core Education Standards

    The rubber is meeting the road with the Obama Administration’s Common Core education standards. As the standards start to affect students in the classroom, even the American Federation of Teachers has said that teachers are not ready to implement the new program. Michelle Malkin has been covering the Common Core … More