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    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

    Online Chat on Education Spending

    With back to school right around the corner for some schools and other schools just starting, it is a good time to talk about education spending. Public school spending has reached nearly $12,000 per pupil per year. Are we using that money as best as we can? Join us right … More

    Back to School: Support for School Choice Reaches All-Time High

    Support for school choice is at an all-time high, according to this year’s PDK/Gallup Poll, released just this morning. Forty-four percent of Americans now favor allowing students to choose a private school to attend at public expense. School choice favorability has jumped 10 percentage points since last year, a sign … More

    After the Super Committee: 'Massive' Education Cuts? Think Again

    The “super committee’s” failure to reach an agreement to reduce federal spending is supposed to trigger automatic spending cuts—some of which could decrease funding for the Department of Education beginning in 2013. This has the education unions and Secretary Arne Duncan up in arms. Randi Weingarten, president of the American … More

    "Saving Our Schools" or Maintaining the Status Quo?

    If you happened to be in Washington, D.C., last weekend, you may have run into the “Save Our Schools Rally”—perhaps more accurately titled “Maintain the Status Quo in Education Rally.” The folks over at Reason TV were on hand to talk with participants of the rally and created this short … More

    FamilyFacts.org: Education Spending Skyrockets While Achievement Remains Flat

    Does the United States spend enough on education? Many messages in the media and from Capitol Hill would suggest that there is a dearth of taxpayer dollars spent on American education today and that if the U.S. can only spend more, student achievement will flourish. However, years of increased spending … More

    Arm Our Children to Succeed and Arm the Military to Prevail

    As a nation, we shouldn’t have to choose between defense and education. Yet, in a recent ABC News This Week roundtable, the President’s top political advisor, David Axelrod, criticized cuts to the education budget, suggesting that education spending is our defense budget of the future. There is absolutely no doubt … More

    Your Education Dollars at Work

    Yesterday, President Obama traveled to New Mexico to deliver remarks on education at the home of a local Albuquerque family. According to the Associated Press, “Obama argued that Republicans would cut education spending to pay for tax cuts for the rich.” While the politics of Obama’s assertion can be left … More

    Borrowing from Their Future: Senator Harkin's $23 Billion Emergency Education Bill

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced during a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing last Wednesday that he will sponsor a $23 billion emergency jobs bill in response to the country’s education employment situation. During the hearing Education Secretary Arne Duncan described the education job situation as “brutal” and Ramon C. Cortines, Superintendent … More

    Is Increasing Education Spending Really Good News?

    We received an email today from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “By now, I expect you’ve heard the good news,” the Secretary wrote. “…at a time when most government spending is frozen, the President proposed a significant increase in discretionary spending for education in his fiscal year 2011 budget.” We were … More