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Leadership for America


Strengthening American education by returning authority to the states and...

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Statement of Purpose

Every year, millions of children pass through America’s schools without receiving a quality education that prepares them to succeed in life, to compete in the increasingly competitive global economy, and to maintain the blessings and responsibilities of a free society. Among African American and Hispanic students, for example, only 56 and 52 percent of students graduate from high school. This widespread failure imposes unquantifiable costs on individual lives and our communities. As a country, it imperils our national security. For years, policymakers have sought to improve American schools by increasing government control. But decades of increased spending and increased federal control have yielded little improvement in student performance.


  1. 1.To ensure that all parents are able to choose education for their children from a variety of options that prepare young people to maintain and expand the blessings and responsibilities of a free society.

  2. 2.To provide all Americans with access to the educational and cultural resources that contribute to upward mobility.

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Experts From This Initiative

  • Lindsey Burke Lindsey Burke

    Lindsey M. Burke researches and writes on federal and state education issues as the Will Skillman fellow in education policy at The Heri...

  • Jennifer A. Marshall Jennifer A. Marshall

    A vice president of The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall runs the think tank’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In...