Issue Brief posted March 18, 2014
The Value of Parental Choice in Education: A Look at the Research
Over the past decade, a growing body of empirical research examining the impact of school choice has emerged. Education researcher Greg Forster, PhD, conducted an analysis of all existing empirical evaluations of school choice programs to date. According to Forster, 11 out of 12 random assignment studies found that choice improved the academic outcomes of participants;…
Issue Brief posted March 7, 2014
New Preschool Spending an Unnecessary Burden on American Taxpayers
President Obama has proposed spending $75 billion over the next 10 years to create a new federally funded preschool initiative. His fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposes spending billions to expand access to “high quality preschool” for every four-year-old child in the country. Legislative proposals in the House and Senate mirror the President’s plan.
Issue Brief posted January 27, 2014
Federal Preschool Proposals Will Cost Billions and Have Limited Impact on Participants
In November, Senator Tom Harkin (D–IA) and Representative George Miller (D–CA) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S. 1697 and H.R. 3461), which would create a federal preschool program for all four-year-old children from low- to moderate-income families in the country. It mirrors President Obama’s call for a new $75 billion federal preschool…
Backgrounder posted November 14, 2013
How the A-PLUS Act Can Rein In the Government’s Education Power Grab
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, has been slated for its own reauthorization since 2007. Since that time, Congress has considered various proposals to rewrite the 600-page education law, without reaching a consensus, leaving NCLB to continue to operate as it has since 2002. While policymakers agree No…
Special Report posted October 7, 2013
Common Core National Standards and Tests: Empty Promises and Increased Federal Overreach Into Education
Americans who cherish limited government must be constantly vigilant of pushes to centralize various aspects of our lives. Government intervention is a zero-sum game; every act of centralization comes at the expense of liberty and the civil society institutions upon which this country was founded.
Education is no exception. Growing federal intervention in education over…