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    More States Receive Strings-Attached NCLB Waivers

    Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced that eight more states will receive waivers to opt out of the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). As Education Week’s Alyson Klein reported on Tuesday, “The U.S. Department of Education today granted waivers to eight of the 26 states (plus the District … More

    Don’t Strengthen NCLB—Allow States to Escape It

    Mitt Romney’s education agenda, released last week, has been receiving accolades for its bold vision to expand school choice dramatically (although as we noted earlier, the language should be amended to empower states to enact school choice options instead of creating a federal school choice mandate). While the school choice … More

    Romney's Education Agenda: With a Few Edits, It Could Be Great

    Mitt Romney yesterday released his plan to reform America’s ailing education system. It goes big on school choice and parental empowerment and calls for increased transparency of results. Along the way, it admonishes education unions — and rightly so — for standing in the way of reform. Notably, Romney’s plan … More

    An Education in Federal Compliance Burdens

    No Child Left Behind, the eighth reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, is 600-plus pages in length and contains programs that cost taxpayers $25 billion per year. The Office of Management and Budget has estimated that states are annually burdened with 7 million hours worth of … More

    What Does the Supreme Court Think About Washington's Education Overreach?

    During the course of Obamacare oral arguments in late March, an interesting exchange between Justice Samuel Alito and U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli illuminated the Administration’s education overreach vis-à-vis national standards. Education Week reports: For the U.S. Supreme Court, the closely watched six hours of arguments last week were all … More

    District NCLB Waivers: An Unsettling Pact with Washington

    Last year, the Obama Administration began making pacts with states that agreed to implement the White House’s preferred education policies, circumventing Congress to grant waivers to No Child Left Behind policy. Some states, like Texas and California, have refused to agree to such terms with the Department of Education and … More

    Scribecast: Rep. Rob Bishop Outlines an Alternative to No Child Left Behind

    More than half of states have asked the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from No Child Left Behind. Ten years after President George W. Bush signed the law, the Obama administration appears willing to grant waivers, so long as states adopt a new set of requirements favored by … More

    Department of Education Gets Defensive on National Standards

    In a press release issued late Thursday afternoon, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the following in response to skepticism on the part of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) about the Common Core national standards push: The idea that the Common Core standards are nationally-imposed is a conspiracy theory in … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers Surrender Education Control to Washington

    The Obama Administration will announce later today that it is awarding No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to 10 states: Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. New Mexico is the only state that applied for a waiver and will not receive one, although the … More

    Morning Bell: Top 10 Education Stories of 2011

    There was no lack of education news in 2011. From an explosion in school choice options to the Obama Administration’s executive overreach, the top stories included the high and low lights when it came to issues affecting America’s schools. 10. Obama Administration orchestrates for-profit university witch hunt. On June 2, … More