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    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

    Morning Bell: Send Education Dollars and Decision-Making Back Home

    The Obama Administration has another problem on its hands. The mighty hand of the federal government has its grip on education in the form of the No Child Left Behind federal law on public education, but the trouble is that the law isn’t working. Instead of a top-down approach to … More

    Guest Blog: Georgians Will Continue to Fight for School Choice Options

    Better than 97 percent proficient in reading, 94 percent proficient in math, and a perfect 100 percent in writing: These are the most recent criterion-referenced competency test and 8th grade writing assessment scores for Ivy Preparatory Charter School located in Gwinnett County, a suburb of Atlanta. In a state where … More

    Wisconsin Presses Forward on School Choice

    Wisconsin is home to the longest-running and largest school choice program in the nation. Now, state legislators are taking steps to open wider the doors of educational opportunities for families in the Badger State. For the last 20 years, Wisconsin students have benefited from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), … More

    Better Alternatives to No Child Left Behind

    The Obama Administration is pushing hard for a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) before the start of the 2011–2012 school year. Education Week reports that on Tuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an audience that NCLB reauthorization “can’t be done on Washington time. It needs to happen on … More

    Federal Government Shouldn’t Mandate Kids’ Meals—or Their Education

    If you thought school cafeteria food was bad, take a look at what the federal government has on the menu for school children. The recent reauthorization of federal nutrition programs has slapped additional regulations onto school cafeteria menus, dictating everything from the number of orange slices a child must put … More

    Morning Bell: School Choice Is the New Normal

    Finding effective solutions to our nation’s education problems is one of the most pressing issues facing America today. Many children lack quality educational options and are too often relegated to attending low-performing schools. A lack of educational choice is a reality for thousands of low- and middle-income children across the … More

    School Choice at Risk in New Orleans

    Over the last several weeks, students, families, and advocates of education reform have witnessed exciting steps forward by numerous states to expand education options. Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Utah (among others) have implemented strategies to expand school choice and give children greater hope for a quality education. Unfortunately, Louisiana may … More