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    Scribecast: Rep. Rob Bishop Outlines an Alternative to No Child Left Behind

    More than half of states have asked the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from No Child Left Behind. Ten years after President George W. Bush signed the law, the Obama administration appears willing to grant waivers, so long as states adopt a new set of requirements favored by … More

    What Connecticut Can Learn from the Sunshine State

    In Connecticut, Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor believes drastic measures are needed to improve the state’s education system:  Our state has the dubious distinction of having the largest achievement gap in the nation. This situation cannot be remedied through patient rationalization and modest tinkering. Instead, we must get involved—immediately and … More

    Louisiana Teachers Cancel Class to Lobby Against Jindal Reforms

    The Weekly Standard is reporting that teachers in Louisiana plan to cancel class this week in order to protest Governor Bobby Jindal’s (R) education reform proposals, which will see committee action tomorrow. The governor’s proposals include reforms to teacher tenure, a significant school choice expansion, and changes to teacher compensation … More

    The Birth of a Mexican Education Reform Movement?

    As we continue demanding increased accountability to improve the struggling U.S. educational system, a new documentary being released in movie theaters across Mexico about its struggles to raise academic achievement is an encouraging step to raise awareness for a better educated and prepared workforce to compete in a tough job … More

    National Standards: Costly in Dollars and Liberty Lost

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s comments last week, in which he equated state lawmakers who question the Common Core national standards push with conspiracy theorists, are another indication that the Common Core Initiative is not the states-based movement the Administration claims it to be. Indeed, national standards have become the cornerstone … More

    More States Reconsidering National Standards Overhaul

    Not so fast. That was the message from South Carolina leaders on Wednesday, concerned about their state’s involvement with the national standards education agenda. Despite being called conspiracy theorists by the U.S. Department of Education, the South Carolina Senate Education Committee voted to study further the impact that adopting national … More

    Online Chat on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    Obama’s new budget proposal that was unveiled on Monday includes increases budget of the Department of Education to $70 Billion, but it curiously cuts funding to the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (D.C. OSP). Click here to join us on right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. … More

    Poor Student Achievement Shows Centralized Education Policy Has Failed

    Tomorrow, the highly anticipated math and reading scores of our nation’s 4th and 8th graders will be released as part of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Often referred to as the nation’s “report card,” the NAEP provides a snapshot of the educational performance of students throughout the … More

    Steve Jobs' Belief in School Choice

    The death of Steve Jobs last week captured the attention of people not only around the nation but around the globe. While Jobs and his products are known worldwide, less well known, as Lori Drummer of the Independent Women’s Forum writes, was this innovator’s “passion” for educational opportunity via school … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Mitch Daniels Shares His Strategy for Reforming Government

    A new poll from the Manhattan Institute reveals 77 percent of Hoosiers rate Indiana’s government as “efficient.” That’s the highest percentage of any state surveyed and a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois’ 23 percent. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), now serving in his seventh year as the state’s CEO, has clearly … More