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  • Special Report posted January 28, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Virginia Walden Ford, Dan Lips, Jennifer A. Marshall, Jason Richwine, Ph.D., Rachel Sheffield, Evan Walter Choosing to Succeed

    Edited by Lindsey M. Burke In his enduring 1964 convention speech “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan remarked that “outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.” If we believe as Reagan did that markets are superior to monopolies in every aspect of our lives, why then do we consign…

  • WebMemo posted March 8, 2010 by Dan Lips School Choice in Sweden: An Interview with Thomas Idergard of Timbro

    Across the United States, policymakers are increasingly adopting education policies that give families the power to choose their children’s schools. Nonetheless, the idea of providing school vouchers to allow children to attend private schools remains controversial. For instance, congressional leaders and the Obama Administration have tried to end a successful school…

  • WebMemo posted January 29, 2010 by Dan Lips Ways to Make Higher Education More Affordable

    President Obama has proposed a new plan to cap student loan payments at 10 percent of the borrower’s discretionary income. Borrowers with incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty line (or approximately $33,000) would be required to make no payment, and the balance of a borrower’s loan would be forgiven after 20 years for a private-sector worker and 10 years for a…

  • WebMemo posted January 26, 2010 by Dan Lips A Smarter Path to a "Race to the Top" in Education Reform

    The Obama Administration has signaled that it will include a $1.35 billion expansion of the “Race to the Top” (RTTT) fund in its FY 2011 budget.[1] This is in addition to the $4.35 billion for RTTT included in last year’s stimulus bill.[2] Under the Department of Education’s (DOE) guidelines for RTTT, states must meet certain requirements to be eligible for a share of…

  • Backgrounder posted January 21, 2010 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., Dan Lips Head Start Earns an F: No Lasting Impact for Children by First Grade

    Abstract: Recently released results from the Head Start Impact Study indicate that the benefits of participating in Head Start almost completely disappear by first grade. While other studies have previously assessed Head Start's effectiveness, this is the only study that used a rigorous experimental design. Given this strongly negative evaluation, Congress should…

  • Commentary posted January 15, 2010 by Dan Lips Enemies and the Future of American Education

    Sometimes trouble strikes unannounced. Witness Pearl Harbor or 9/11. Other times it arrives after fair warnings, gathering like storms on the horizon. Global economic competition and our nation's long-term fiscal outlook are two major challenges that fall in the latter category. For children coming of age today, they constitute rising hurdles in their pursuit of happiness…

  • Backgrounder posted January 12, 2010 by Dan Lips How Online Learning Is Revolutionizing K-12 Education and Benefiting Students

    Abstract: Virtual or online learning is revolutionizing American education. It has the potential to dramatically expand the educational opportunities of American students, largely overcoming the geographic and demographic restrictions. Virtual learning also has the potential to improve the quality of instruction, while increasing productivity and lowering costs,…

  • Education Notebook posted January 4, 2010 by Dan Lips Politicizing Preschool

    Before we invest $10 billion to fund new programs for preschoolers, let's get an answer to the $100 billion question: Does Head Start provide lasting benefits? Universal health care may top the wish-lists of many liberals this Christmas -- but universal preschool isn't far behind. President Obama is doing his best to play the role of Santa, bringing subsidized…

  • Play Movie Dan Lips on Fox News 9/29/09 Video Recorded on September 29, 2009 Dan Lips on Fox News 9/29/09

    Dan Lips discussing whether the school year should be extended.…

  • WebMemo posted September 15, 2009 by Dan Lips Student Lending and College Affordability: Alternative Approaches to Reform

    The U.S. House of Representatives will soon consider H.R. 3221, the "Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009," legislation that will terminate the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, expand the Federal Direct Loan program, and increase spending on other post-secondary education programs.[1] If enacted, the legislation will mark a dramatic shift in…

  • WebMemo posted September 10, 2009 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., Dan Lips, Don Soifer School Safety in Washington, D.C.: New Data for the 2007-2008 School Year

    As American students head back to school, many parents will worry about their children's safety at school during the upcoming year.[1] School safety will likely be a top concern of families living in Washington, D.C. This WebMemo is a summary of a CDA Report by The Heritage Foundation and Lexington Institute that presents an analysis of 911 calls originating from…

  • Commentary posted September 9, 2009 by Dan Lips A School Wake-Up Call

    A new school year is under way, but we already can grade the condition of American education. Let's just say no "honor student" bumper stickers will be necessary. The typical child entering first grade this year can expect taxpayers to spend more than $100,000 on his or her Education through high school. (The Department of Education reports the average annual…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted August 28, 2009 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., Don Soifer, Dan Lips School Safety in Washington, D.C.: New Data for the 2007-2008 School Year

    As American students head back to school, many parents will worry about their children's safety at school during the coming year.[1] School safety will likely be a top concern of families living in Washington, D.C. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education reported that 11.3 percent of D.C. high school students reported being "threatened or injured" with a weapon…

  • Backgrounder posted July 13, 2009 by Dan Lips Reforming and Improving Federal Preschool and Child Care Programs Without Increasing the Deficit

    On the campaign trail, Barack Obama called for $10 billion in new funding for early childhood education programs.[1] As President, he has repeated his call for new federal spending on early childhood education and has already signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,[2] which included $5 billion in new funding for early childhood education and…

  • WebMemo posted May 13, 2009 by Shanea Watkins, Ph.D., Dan Lips D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Improving Student Safety

    Congress will soon hold hearings to consider the future of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, the federal initiative that currently helps 1,700 low-income students attend private schools in Washington, D.C. After five years, federal policymakers have an opportunity to evaluate the evidence about this program's impact on the educational opportunities for…