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    District Court Limits "Gainful Employment" College Regulations

    In a ruling last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely sided with the Association of Private Colleges and Universities, which had sued the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan alleging that rules promulgated by the Secretary unfairly discriminate against for-profit institutions. For-profit … More

    NYT Notes Obama's Election-Year "Maneuvering Around Congress"

    The Obama Administration’s overreach into education has become so pronounced that even The New York Times can’t ignore it. The Administration, mistaking bipartisan discontent with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for a mandate to rewrite the law from the White House, is issuing waivers to states that agree to their … More

    Pennsylvania Approves Private School Tax Credit Program

    Public school students in poor performing Pennsylvania schools will now be eligible to receive scholarships to attend a private school of their choice. Late Saturday night, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law a provision that will make private school scholarships available for students assigned to the lowest-performing 15 percent … More

    Morning Bell: Governor Walker Breaks New Ground in Higher Ed

    Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), already well known for his efforts to curb union power, has now set out to tackle an equally big task: busting the higher education bubble. The problem of college affordability is recognized on both sides of the aisle, but sadly, most efforts to abate the problem … More

    New Hampshire's Groundbreaking School Choice Expansion

    Just when school choice proponents thought they’d hit a wall in the Granite State, the New Hampshire legislature united across party lines for a solid victory on a promising school choice bill. New Hampshire is now one of 11 states to offer scholarships for underprivileged students to attend private schools … More

    Lack of Confidence in Public Schools at an All-Time High

    Gallup has just released its annual “Confidence in American Institutions” poll, which the company has conducted since 1973. This year’s results revealed that just 29 percent of Americans have confidence in our nation’s public schools. That number has declined from 33 percent since 2008 and is down from 58 percent … More

    Morning Bell: School Choice in D.C. Saved…For Now

    President Obama has begun “evolving“ his positions on various policy issues as polls show him neck and neck with Mitt Romney. His latest about-face restores a popular school voucher program for needy children in Washington, D.C.—after he had yanked its funding. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) … More

    Chicago Teachers Union Demands 30 Percent Pay Raise

    It takes a lot of nerve to ask for a 30 percent pay raise. You’d better be sure you had a banner year. Yet in Chicago, where just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading (and just 56 percent of students graduate), the teachers union is set to … More

    Education Unions Losing Ground

    “Teachers unions have a popularity problem,” according to a recent Harvard study. Harvard professor Paul Peterson writes that while approval ratings for education unions remained stable between 2009 and 2011, 2012 saw a significant dip: In our polls from 2009 to 2011, we saw little change in public opinion. Around … More

    Don’t Strengthen NCLB—Allow States to Escape It

    Mitt Romney’s education agenda, released last week, has been receiving accolades for its bold vision to expand school choice dramatically (although as we noted earlier, the language should be amended to empower states to enact school choice options instead of creating a federal school choice mandate). While the school choice … More