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    Kansas Court Gets It Right: Education Spending Isn't Only Measure of 'Equity'

    The Kansas Supreme Court has issued an important and eagerly awaited decision on how much money schools need to give kids a first-rate education. For teachers unions, of course, the money is never enough, even though, over the last 30 years, real per-pupil spending has doubled. Four school districts sued … More

    Why We Shouldn’t Be Celebrating Peak in High School Graduation Rates

    Failing to graduate from high school can be disastrous for an individual’s economic future, so it is welcome news that the average freshman graduation rate reached a 40-year high of 78.2 percent for the 2009–2010 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. However, there are a number of … More

    Stuck in the Middle: American Student Performance Stagnates on New PISA Exam

    The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) has just released the findings from its most recent assessment of student academic achievement internationally. The PISA is administered every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and assesses the student achievement of 15-year-olds in math, science, and reading, … More

    Letter to Catholic Bishops: Catholic Schools Should Reject the Common Core

    One hundred and thirty-two Catholic professors have sent a letter to each Roman Catholic bishop in the country pleading for them to reject the Common Core national standards in their parochial schools. Over 100 dioceses and archdioceses across America have signed on to the Common Core—an effort supported by the … More

    Is California Protecting Women?

    California Governor Jerry Brown (D) had an inconsistent week. On Monday, August 12, he signed a bill allowing boys to use girls’ restrooms in all California public schools. The next day, he vetoed a bill to legalize the selling and buying of human eggs (oocytes) for research. By signing the … More

    Unions Can’t Ignore Support for Choice in Education

    Later today at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will detail the results of a poll it commissioned. According to The Washington Post, the AFT poll found that 56 percent of respondents were opposed to “giving tax dollars to families to pay for private … More

    GUEST POST: Tread Lightly When Regulating Private Schools

    What we cherish dearly in the private school community (be it religious or independent) is freedom—the freedom to provide an education different from that provided in public schools. America is a pluralistic society, with lots of answers to the question, what is the good life? And schools reflect those answers. … More

    Morning Bell: Join the Fight Against Common Core

    Two competing forces are pushing on America’s K–12 education system today. One is an effort to infuse education choice into a long-stagnant system, empowering parents with the ability to send their child to a school that meets her unique learning needs. The other is an effort to further centralize education … More