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    The Election's Major Implications for Education

    What can we expect for education policy during President Obama’s second term? From No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to school choice, education policy will surely heat up in the coming months. No Child Left Behind Waivers. NCLB’s blunt attempt to drive accountability from Washington has resulted in many schools … More

    Indiana's Bittersweet Education Election

    Indiana Superintendent of Schools Tony Bennett is one of the country’s great education reformers. As superintendent, he worked to create one of the most expansive voucher programs in the country, implemented merit pay for teachers, and increased transparency of outcomes in Indiana schools. Bennett lost his re-election bid last night … More

    National Education Standards: Been There, Didn't Do That

    While 46 states have jumped on the national education standards bandwagon, it’s not too late to hit the brakes. We’ve been down this road before. During the 1990s, the push to nationalize standards and testing reached a fever pitch. There were the infamous national history standards, which were so poor … More

    Heritage's Opposition to National Education Standards Advances Public Debate

    Federal intervention into education has been a growing problem over the past four-and-a-half decades and is being supersized by the Obama Administration’s current efforts to push states to nationalize their standards, tests, and, ultimately, curriculum. Heritage has been sounding the warning bell about the Common Core national standards push and … More

    Morning Bell: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of a New School Year

    As of today, the vast majority of American students have begun a new school year. As lunches are packed and carpool lines grow, Heritage reviews the good, bad, and ugly in education. The Good Support for school choice is at an all-time high. In a poll released in August, school … More

    Education Waiver Would Spell Entanglement for Alabama

    Alabama is considering requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to relieve the state of some of the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But the waivers represent a troubling pact with Washington: To get relief from federal mandates, Alabama must agree to more federal intervention. … More

    Utah Takes First Step in Regaining Control of Education

    When the fight for control over what is taught in American schools is won, Utah will be remembered for having fired the shot heard ’round the country’s classrooms and statehouses. In a move that should inspire other state leaders concerned with the Obama Administration’s push to nationalize standards and tests … More

    Indiana Superintendent: Obama Administration Nationalized Common Core Standards

    At a Tea Party gathering last month, Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett expressed his concern with the growing federal overreach of Common Core education standards. “This administration has an insatiable appetite for federal overreach,” he said. “The federal government’s involvement in these standards is wrong.” The Indianapolis Star adds: Bennett … More

    Alabama Opposes National Education Standards

    Alabama has joined a growing number of states opposing the Common Core national education standards. Last week, the state senate adopted a resolution to “encourage the State Board of Education to take all steps it deems appropriate, including revocation of the adoption of the initiative’s standards if necessary, to retain … More

    Wall Street Journal: Conservatives Oppose National Standards

    Opponents of national standards and tests see the push as furthering “federal intrusion into state education matters,” asserts the Wall Street Journal today. While the standards have been touted as “voluntary” by proponents, the Obama Administration’s heavy promotion of the standards—tying Race to the Top dollars to a state’s adoption … More