‘S’ Is for ‘School Choice’ and ‘States’ — Washington Should Back Off
Tax credits that help corporations and individuals offset their contributions to nonprofits providing scholarships to private schools have proved popular in the states. Currently, more than 21 such programs are available in 17 states.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a ...
Our National Report Card: No Education Progress Since 2009
Last week the U.S. Department of Education released the 2013 results of math and reading achievement for 12th graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It’s hard to say what’s been achieved.
According to the NAEP — a ...
Federal Pre-school Expansion Incredibly Ill-Advised
When President Obama calls for expanding federal preschool and federal spending on day care, remember what federal preschool looks like: the 48-year-old failed experiment with Head Start.
If there was ever a federal program that deserves to be eliminated, it’...
Boehner and Lieberman (Once Again) Save the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
Senator Joe Lieberman and Speaker John Boehner have been stalwart advocates of school choice and the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. And thanks once again to their leadership, low-income children in the nation’s capital will have access to vouchers ...
Romney’s Education Agenda: With a Few Edits, It Could Be Great
Mitt Romney today 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 ...
Obama’s Public Education Bailout, by the Numbers
This week, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) introduced the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, a $30 billion federal spending proposal to prevent teacher layoffs. It’s co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who argues ...
No Child Left Behind by Executive Overreach
By any measure, No Child Left Behind is massive. The 2001 legislation — the eighth reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 — runs to a massive 600 pages. It’s massively expensive, too, dispensing $25 billion in 2010. Most significantly, it’s a ...
A Hearing for D.C.'s Children
Sen. Joe Lieberman threw down the gauntlet earlier today during a committee hearing on the merits of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. “I usually try to see the argument on both sides … but I can’t,” he said. The ...
Narrow the Achievement Gap by Narrowing Washington's Role
For nearly half a century, closing the achievement gap between white and minority students has eluded policymakers. But it hasn’t been for lack of trying. The federal government has become increasingly involved in education policy, partly as a result ...
Wishful Thinking in the Garden State
The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews has called attention to a questionable study on the graduation rates of minority students in Newark, N.J. The report, Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males
More Fed Money for Profligate States?
Many state leaders are lobbying the Senate to extend the Medicaid bailout enacted in the February 2009 stimulus bill. While several attempts by Senate leaders to extend the bailout have failed, it will be brought to the floor again on Monday, ...
The Obama Education Revolution
During his otherwise ordinary remarks yesterday at the National Press Club, education secretary Arne Duncan said something quite extraordinary.
It came as he was announcing the 19 finalists for the second round of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top ...
Reducing the Achievement Gap
A few weeks ago, 2009 reading results were released for “The Nation’s Report Card” — the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. And the news was very good for Florida.
After a decade of K–12 education reform, Florida’s minority ...
The Unabashed Dismantling of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir,” declared Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently in ...
The Obama administration has just announced a new $1 billion initiative ($750 million in federal grants and the remainder from private funding) to enroll more children in government preschool programs. The new measure is being announced formally at the White House Summit ...
Don’t Look to the Feds for Pre-School
You’d think that the Obamacare rollout debacle would give one pause before asking the federal government to start running another mega-program. Yet Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representatives George Miller (D., Calif.) and Richard Hanna (R., N.Y.) ...
Chicago Teachers: All About Avoiding Accountability
Ask any parent, principal, or student who the best and worst teachers are in a given school, and there’s usually a quick consensus. Yet how schools evaluate teachers has been a heated policy debate for decades. It’s one ...
School Choice and the NYT
Like many other parents, Governor Mitt Romney would prefer to no longer consign children to a government school based on their zip code. This has rankled the New York Times, prompting the paper to dedicate prime real estate ...
Obama Budget Eliminates D.C. Voucher Funding
President Obama’s 2013 budget request not only recklessly increases funding for the Department of Education by another 3.5 percent (taking the bloated agency’s budget to $68.9 billion), it brazenly eliminates funding for the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program.
Obama’s Ill-advised NCLB Waivers
Later today, President Obama will deliver a speech in which he will detail the conditions that will be attached to No Child Left Behind waivers being offered to states by the Department of Education. At issue is NCLB’s most ...
Boehner Secures the Futures of D.C. Children
In a momentous victory for D.C. schoolchildren, Speaker John Boehner succeeded in reauthorizing the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program in the long-term continuing resolution to which the Obama administration agreed just before midnight. As Kathryn noted late last night, “...
The Facts about School Choice Support the Boehner/Lieberman Scholarship Proposal
As Kathryn noted yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Joseph Lieberman are pushing to restore the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. They recently announced that they will be introducing the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act. The D....
Obama and D.C. Public Schools: Rhetoric vs. Reality
As part of NBC’s week-long series on education, President Obama sat down with Matt Lauer on The Today Show for an interview on education. An audience member asked whether his daughters could receive the same high-quality education ...
Forget Your Vacation, Come Bail Out Public Education
The taxpayer-funded, $10 billion public-education bailout moved one step closer to reality today when the Senate voted 61–38 on a cloture measure, clearing the path for bill consideration toward the end of the week. Since the House has already left for recess, ...
The President's Education Speech: Is This Change?
It’s a bit ironic that President Obama would criticize “a comfort with the status quo” in his highly anticipated education speech at the National Urban League. The Obama education agenda, after all, has continued to reward those with a ...
National Education Standards: The Next Washington Takeover
The New York Times reports that 27 states are planning to adopt the set of national standards developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) — standards being backed by the Obama administration with ...
For Mother's Day, a Feminist Education Agenda
There has never been a better-educated population of women than the one that exists today. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that among women aged 25 to 29, a full 35 percent hold bachelor’s degrees, compared with just 27 percent of men. Within ...
Taking School Choice for Granted
President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and most members of Congress have never known the sense of desperation that LaTasha Bennett feels.
Bennett is one of hundreds of Washington, D.C., parents who recently opened a letter from the U....