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    An Avalanche of Reform?

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 19 finalists for the final phase of the $4.35 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) competition on Tuesday. The finalists are Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, … More

    The Obama Education Agenda Stays; Joyce Is Forced to Go

    What should a school principal expect after working “tirelessly” to help struggling students achieve? Certainly not to be asked to step down. However, this is exactly what can happen once the federal government gets involved. Despite support from parents, teachers, and administrators for Principal Joyce Irvine of Wheeler Elementary School … More

    The Obama Education Revolution

    During his otherwise ordinary remarks yesterday at the National Press Club, education secretary Arne Duncan said something quite extraordinary. It came as he was announcing the 19 finalists for the second round of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top grant competition: We arrived in Washington at a time when … More

    More Regulation for Private Sector Higher Education?

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” This is the government’s view of the economy, according to the late President Reagan. The Department of Education (DOE) is clearly using this flawed approach as it pursues regulation of the highly successful … More

    The Slippery Slope Toward National Science Standards

    The Obama Administration is successfully orchestrating one of the largest federal overreaches into education policy since the Great Society programs of the mid-1960s. If this news is coming as a surprise, it’s because the Administration is maneuvering outside of normal legislative procedure, by way of Trojan-horse programs such as Race … More

    A Department Only Washington Could Love

    The results are in: The Department of Education (DOE) is the least popular of all federal departments. Considering the stagnate state of U.S. students’ test scores despite ever increasing federal education spending, this should come as no surprise. What should be surprising—and troubling—however, is that some Members of Congress want … More

    Has No Child Left Behind “Left Behind” Minority Students?

    Increased government control has once again failed to improve the quality of education for America’s minority students. According to Charles Rose, general counsel at the Department of Education who testified at a recent Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing, Native American students are the country’s most underserved. Rose went on … More

    Propping up the Teachers Unions

    Last night, the House of Representatives passed their version of the defense supplemental bill by a vote of 215-210. The bill includes $10 billion for the “Education Jobs Fund” which Democratic leadership claims will “save” 140,000 jobs. At that rate, each job “saved” will cost more than $70,000, which is … More

    New York City Teachers Cash In on Their Way Out

    Barbara Martinez of The Wall Street Journal reported last week that New York City schools have begun handing out pink slips to teachers: Principals—who are facing an average 4% budget cut at their schools—have started eliminating teaching positions ahead of Friday, when their spending plans are due to the city … More

    Not an April Fool’s Joke: “School-Homing” Education Ideas

    “According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home,” The Onion “reports” today. “School-homing,” as the satirical source dubs the fictional trend, would be a witty April Fool’s … More