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    National School Choice Week to Host Cross-Country Train Tour

    The third annual National School Choice Week is around the corner. And so is “the first-ever nationwide, whistle-stop train tour” to commemorate the week. The Whistle-Stop Train Tour will make a cross-country trek, with “14 very special events along the tour’s route” in support of school choice; hosted by “[p]arents, … More

    Morning Bell: When the Government Fails Completely

    What happens when a government program simply does not do what it is supposed to do? Head Start, the federal preschool program, says it “promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.” But the government’s own evaluations … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family Time Is the Best Present this Holiday Season

    Christmas, the quintessential celebration of family time, and New Year’s, a day of resolutions, provide a great opportunity for parents to ensure that family togetherness lasts the whole year—by pledging to spend more time with their children and their activities. As decades of research have revealed, the more time and … More

    School Choice Means Equal Opportunity

    Education reform is critical for all Americans, but it has a particular importance and potent potential impact on America’s fastest growing demographic. Nearly 50 percent of Hispanic students fail to graduate with their class, which shows the vulnerability of many Latino youth trapped in poorly performing schools. But one state, Indiana, … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Packed with New Head Start Spending

    Legislation to provide $60 billion to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy includes $100 million for the federal Head Start day care program. According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, funding for the FY 2013 Disaster Assistance Supplemental bill will be used to repair 265 Head Start centers. Specifically, funds appropriated to … More

    Responses to Union Suggestion of a Teacher "Bar Exam"

    Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), proposed a “bar exam” for public-school teachers in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week. Modeled after the bar exam for aspiring lawyers, the new test would be intended to produce highly effective teachers. But it would do nothing of … More

    National Education Standards Trade Literature for Reading Government Documents

    No more King Arthur stories, kids—you’re going to start reading some information-packed government documents instead! Adding to a number of problems with the Obama Administration-backed Common Core education standards, beginning with the fact that the federal government should not be involved in the business of curriculum standards, is the questionable … More

    Coverdell Education Savings Accounts to Be Thrown from Fiscal Cliff?

    Lost in the fiscal cliff discussion has been any hint of whether Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) will be permitted to continue in their current form. As it stands, beginning January 1, parents will no longer be able to use these accounts for expenses for kindergarten through high school without … More

    New Website Gives Support to Pennsylvania Teachers

    Freetoteach.org, a new website created by the Pennsylvania-based Commonwealth Foundation, helps Pennsylvania teachers understand education unions and their rights when it comes to joining a union. It also provides a forum for teachers to share their experiences and opinions. Although Freetoteach.org is geared toward Pennsylvania teachers, it provides valuable information … More

    Louisiana Unions Fight School Choice, Opportunity for Children

    Friday was a sad day for Louisiana students. In response to a suit brought by education unions, a district court ruled that the Louisiana school choice program’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional. The program allows low-income children from underperforming Louisiana public schools to attend private schools of their choice. Sadly, now … More