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    Education Unions: Made Simple

    “The power and influence of education unions has a significant effect on schools today. But is that good for American students?” Education Unions: Made Simple, the fourth in a series of short videos, explains the stifling effect of unions on the nation’s schools using a simple analogy. Sunny, a talented … More

    The Hidden Costs of the National Standards Push

    “No Child Left Behind [NCLB] and the Race to the Top [RTTT] grants are likely to be the high water mark of federal involvement in schools,” says Jay Mathews in a Washington Post editorial this week on why the Obama Administration’s further overreach into national standards will fail. His argument? … More

    Obama to Call for Washington-Built Schools in Thursday 'Jobs Speech'

    President Obama will likely call for more education spending in his jobs speech scheduled for Thursday, and it’s anticipated that he will make a pitch specifically for new federal funding for school construction. But federally financed school construction is problematic on constitutional and practical grounds. The U.S. Constitution does not … More

    Obama’s "Backdoor Education Agenda"

    On August 8, the Obama Administration announced it would begin granting waivers to states to allow them to opt out of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. But there’s a catch: If a state desires to obtain a waiver, it must also agree to sign on to requirements the … More

    Crocodile Tears for Texas from the Department of Education

    “I feel very, very badly for the children there,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week. No, he wasn’t talking about underprivileged children in South America, malnourished kids in Africa, or children in war-ravished regions throughout the world. No, the Secretary was referring to children in Texas. According to Bloomberg … More

    Lunch With Heritage Online Chat on the Education Waivers

    The Department of Education announced Monday that they will be issuing waivers to states to avoid No Child Left Behind’s onerous provisions. But if states accept the waivers, they’ll be getting some temporary relief from federal regulations while ceding more control to Washington. In exchange for temporary relief, they’ll be … More

    Morning Bell: White House Rules by Fiat Once Again

    In the shadow of yesterday’s disastrous Wall Street meltdown and President Barack Obama’s address to the nation, a lesser-noticed piece of news emerged from the Obama Administration: By executive fiat, the White House is once again circumventing Congress in the name of advancing the President’s agenda. It’s a story we’ve … More

    Waive State Educational Authority Goodbye

    The auto bailout, EPA regulations, Obamacare, and now No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Obama Administration is doing yet another end-run around Congress, this time granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of NCLB in exchange for adopting a yet-to-be-specified set of executive branch education policy priorities. Today, the … More

    Education Spending? Sounds Good -- Until the Tax Man Cometh

    According to a new poll by the education research journal Education Next, 65 percent of the American public wants education spending to increase. That figure, the poll’s architect Paul Peterson notes, is the kind of polling data “that the president’s political advisors undoubtedly rely upon when they decide to appeal … More

    Education Made Simple: What is School Choice?

    We’re just eight months in, but 2011 has already proven to be the most exciting year for school choice to date. Thirteen states and D.C. enacted or expanded school choice options for families, leading The Wall Street Journal to proclaim 2011 “The Year of School Choice.” But just what is … More