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    Friedman Foundation Takes a Critical Look at Administrative Bloat in Public Schools

    The Friedman Foundation has published an excellent report detailing the administrative bloat plaguing our nation’s public schools. The School Staffing Surge: Decades of Employment Growth in America’s Public Schools shows dramatic increases in teaching and non-teaching staff over the past five decades despite modest increases in student enrollment. As we … More

    Uncertainty Results in D.C. School Voucher Enrollment Downturn

    Policy has real-life consequences—a fact that has been especially true for schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. For low-income schoolchildren in the nation’s capital, the Obama Administration’s opposition to school choice is taking its toll. In 2009, the future of the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) was uncertain. Due in … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze Final Presidential Debate

    Last night’s debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was supposed to focus on foreign policy. It turned into a wide-ranging conversation on everything from the Middle East to American teachers. Heritage Foundation experts were live blogging analysis throughout the night. Below are some highlights from their reactions. Join us … More

    Minnesota Bans Free Online Courses

    Almost as heartbreaking as burning books, a move by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will rank among those incomprehensible moments in human history when we seem to be handicapping ourselves for no reason. Lifelong learners, students wanting supplemental courses, professionals, and Americans across the country interested in enrolling in … More

    French President: Homework Just Isn't Fair!

    Homework is lame. Just ask any kid: Would you rather be glued to a desk doing long division or playing video games with your friends? But even kids, who love to whine to their parents about fairness, wouldn’t go so far as to say homework is unfair. Leave it to … More

    Putting Students First: A Tale of Two States

    It’s been over two weeks since the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) won out over the best interests of children. In stark contrast, however, is Illinois’s neighbor Indiana, which has reformed its school system to put students’ needs front and center. In 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels (R) put into place a … More

    "Won't Back Down" Provides Insight into Current Education Debate

    Last Friday marked the opening of Won’t Back Down, a film that has brought renewed attention to school reform. The film covers a range of education issues, from teacher tenure reform and unions to school choice. In the film, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the role of Jamie Fitzpatrick, a single mother … 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

    Debate 2012: Do We Need More Teachers?

    “Governor [Mitt] Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers,” President Obama said last night. “I do.” The President’s confidence that “we need more teachers” to improve education is misplaced, and his proposal to subsidize teacher hiring using federal dollars would do more harm than good. Adding teachers is intended to … More