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  • Commentary posted October 21, 2014 by Brittany Corona One More Reason States Should Reject Common Core

    The reach of Common Core national education standards and tests has moved beyond public school walls. Last month a home-schooling family in New Jersey received a letter from Westfield Public School District superintendent Margaret Dolanthe. It outlined what she said was district home-school policy requiring families to "submit a letter of intent (to home-school) and an…

  • Issue Brief posted January 27, 2014 by Lindsey Burke, Brittany Corona 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…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2013 by Brittany Corona No Choice for You!

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan isn’t the only Obama crony who doesn’t trust parents of schoolchildren. The whole Obama administration has a track record of trying to squash programs that have given thousands of children better options to meet their educational needs. Within the last year, school-choice programs in the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, and Louisiana have…

  • Special Report posted October 7, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Brittany Corona, Jennifer A. Marshall, Rachel Sheffield, Sandra Stotsky 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…

  • Commentary posted September 20, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Brittany Corona A new way to fund education

    Nathan Howard likes “Star Wars” and Legos, proudly recites the names of all 50 states, and proclaims his favorite “subject” is recess — although his mother would tell you his math skills have skyrocketed the last couple of years. Nathan is, in many ways, a typical 7-year-old boy. But when it comes to his educational needs, Nathan requires a little more support than…

  • Backgrounder posted September 4, 2013 by Andrew Kloster, Lindsey Burke, Brittany Corona Department of Justice Uses Decades-old Court Order to Squash Educational Opportunity in Louisiana

    On August 22, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, asking a judge to stop the state of Louisiana “from awarding any school vouchers…to students attending school in districts operating under federal desegregation orders.”[1] DOJ alleges that the Louisiana Student Scholarships for…

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