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    Ryan Budget: Some Smart Reforms, but Education Spending Continues Apace

    The budget presented by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–Wis.) provides a topline function 500 (spending on education, training, employment, and social services) budget of nearly $74 billion. The $73.9 billion budget ($864 billion over 10 years) makes some important reforms to the federal Pell Grant program. It would … More

    Kansas Court Gets It Right: Education Spending Isn't Only Measure of 'Equity'

    The Kansas Supreme Court has issued an important and eagerly awaited decision on how much money schools need to give kids a first-rate education. For teachers unions, of course, the money is never enough, even though, over the last 30 years, real per-pupil spending has doubled. Four school districts sued … 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

    Kline and Rokita Unveil Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    House Education and the Workforce Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) and Representative Todd Rokita (R–IN) have introduced the Student Success Act (SSA)—a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic NCLB, Kline’s proposal makes some improvements … More

    Morning Bell: Revealing What States Are Hiding

    How much are we spending on education? Actually, far more than we know—because as it turns out, states are hiding some of the teachers’ benefits. In a new paper, Heritage expert Jason Richwine reveals that “Proper accounting would reveal tens of billions of dollars in extra teacher pension costs, equivalent … More

    The No-Surprise Senate Budget: Higher Spending, Higher Taxes, No Real “Balance”

    After going nearly four years without producing a budget resolution, Senate Democrats today released a plan confirming their mantra about “balanced” approaches has nothing to do with actually balancing the budget. In their view, “balance” is a mix of higher taxes and higher spending, chronic deficits and debt, and a … More

    Presidential Debate Prep: Schools Should Trim Education Jobs

    Calls to spend more on teachers are likely to come up in tonight’s debate. More likely still, we’ll hear accusations that Governor Mitt Romney wants to slash education spending by 20 percent. This figure is a reference to the House of Representatives-approved budget, authored by House Budget Committee chairman Paul … 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

    National Education Standards, Title I Portability Shape First Presidential Debate

    Last night’s presidential debate included quite a few specifics on education policy from both President Obama and Governor Romney. President Obama’s call for more federal spending on education was no surprise. But his choice to highlight the Administration’s involvement in pushing states to adopt national standards and tests was remarkable. … More