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    Strengthening Marriage Through Public Policy

    As National Marriage Week concludes, citizens should consider the role policy plays in rebuilding a culture of marriage in America. The institution of marriage plays a unique and important role in orienting men and women into a lifelong commitment to one another and any children they might have. Marriage not … More

    Obama's Hijacking the American Dream

    President Obama last night continued his hijacking of the American Dream. Using language long accepted as part of the American tradition, he struck a pose as a defender of hard work, responsibility, and other traditional values. We should not be fooled. His vision of the American Dream is not the … More

    Marriage Makes Fiscal Sense

    National Marriage Week (February 7–14) is drawing attention to the link between the collapse of marriage and child poverty—and its cost to America. The statistics are sobering: In recent years, the percentage of intact households has been in steady decline. Nearly 80 percent of all adults were married in 1980. … More

    National School Choice Week: Parents Hold the Key to Advancing Choice

    It is an exciting time for all! National School Choice Week is in full swing, highlighting all kinds of educational options for families across America. I am excited to have joined the National School Choice Week “Special,” a whistle-stop train tour in support of school choice. Meeting parents and advocates … More

    Morning Bell: It's School Choice Week

    The third annual National School Choice Week is officially underway. Once again, school choice advocates—including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many others—will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide. School choice is something to celebrate, because it gives families the power to … More

    Response to Newtown: Addressing a Complex Issue

    Americans of all political and philosophical convictions have grieved over the killing of innocent schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. In responding to this attack, we must consider with great care how to proceed to protect precious lives in a way that is consistent with our laws and traditions. “The … More

    Morning Bell: When the Government Fails Completely

    What happens when a government program simply does not do what it is supposed to do? Head Start, the federal preschool program, says it “promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.” But the government’s own evaluations … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family Time Is the Best Present this Holiday Season

    Christmas, the quintessential celebration of family time, and New Year’s, a day of resolutions, provide a great opportunity for parents to ensure that family togetherness lasts the whole year—by pledging to spend more time with their children and their activities. As decades of research have revealed, the more time and … More

    Being Thankful for Families

    As Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the blessings for which many are grateful is the family members that surround the table. There are actually data behind that warm sentiment: Strong families are priceless, providing an abundance of benefits to both adults and children and creating the bonds of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Foster Care and the Future of Children

    This week, nearly 100 policymakers, practitioners, and administrators met in Washington, D.C., to discuss new solutions for the complex issue of poverty. Among the topics discussed was the nation’s foster care and adoption system. Roughly 400,000 children languish in today’s system, in which they will likely experience multiple, periodic placements … More