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    Breaking Free from Federal Education Regulations: A-PLUS

    Today, Representative Rob Bishop (R–UT) introduced the A-PLUS bill, which allows states to opt out of the myriad programs funded under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and use their money for priorities they deem most important. As Heritage Foundation analyst Lindsey Burke notes: There are some 60 competitive grant programs … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 13, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Economy Needs Tax Reform, Not Tax Hikes – J.D. Foster Paul Ryan Schools Sebelius at Hearing … Ouch! – Kathryn Nix Republicans Split on Trade Tactics – Vicki Needham NAT GAS … More

    Chairman John Kline Proposes More Flexibility for Local Schools

    As the Obama Administration pushes for a ninth reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, conservatives in Congress are offering alternatives to the failed status quo of Washington-driven education policy. Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has introduced a new bill to provide states … More

    Lunch With Heritage Online Chat on Education Reform

    Click here to join the chat! we are joined by Heritage’s Education expert, Lindsey Burke. She is taking your questions about the advances in school choice and other opportunities for educational freedom. 2011 has been called the “Year of School Choice“. 13 new school choice programs have been created in … More

    Obama Vastly Underestimates Size of Education Budget in Twitter Town Hall

    During his Twitter Town Hall yesterday, President Obama vastly underestimated the size of the bloated Department of Education budget. The nice thing about the defense budget is it’s so big, it’s so huge, that, you know, a 1 percent reduction is the equivalent of the education budget. I’m exaggerating. But … More

    Obama Acknowledges Importance of School Choice in Twitter Town Hall

    Moments ago in his Twitter Town Hall chat, President Barack Obama said he “wouldn’t be president if someone hadn’t helped provide some scholarships for my school.” At age ten, President Obama received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Punahou School in Hawaii. President Obama’s remarks today underscore the life-changing significance of … More

    2011: “The Year of School Choice”

    As individuals and families around the nation celebrated Independence Day and the blessings of freedom and opportunity as American citizens, families are also celebrating the advance of educational freedom across the country. As the lead editorial in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal notes, 2011 has been “the year of school choice.” … More

    State-Based Reform, Not National Standards, Key to Better Education

    “America’s economic strength and standing in the world economy are directly linked to our ability to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st-century economy….We must insist on standards that will prepare our high-school graduates for the demanding challenges they will face.” So wrote former Florida … More

    School Choice on Its Way to North Carolina

    Add North Carolina to the list of states making monumental moves forward on school choice. In the last two weeks, legislators in the Tarheel State have advanced two policies to expand educational options for the state’s students. The first lifts the state’s cap on charter schools, currently limited to100. The … More

    Fathers Matter: Involved Dads Get an A+ for Increasing Academic Achievement

    Spending on education has skyrocketed over the past five decades, more than tripling since the 1960s. But despite the ever-increasing taxpayer investment in education, American students’ academic achievement has flatlined. While continuing the status quo of excessive spending does not increase educational gains, social science points to a strong correlation … More