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  • Special Report posted July 26, 2013 by Jonathan Butcher, Lindsey Burke Expanding Education Choices: From Vouchers and Tax Credits to Savings Accounts

    Education is on the verge of a new frontier. Online virtual schools are spreading around the country, and charter schools now account for some 2 million students. Parents are able to find hundreds of educational applications on an iPad or use programs such as Skype or instant messaging to find tutoring programs for their children anywhere in the world. A movement is…

  • WebMemo posted September 22, 2005 by Grace Smith, Jonathan Butcher Congress Should Protect Faith-Based Organizations When Reauthorizing Head Start

    Congress has the opportunity to protect faith-based organizations' hiring freedom this week as it moves toward reauthorization of Head Start. The right of faith-based groups to take religious beliefs into account in their hiring practices is fundamental to religious liberty and should be protected when a faith-based group works with the government to provide…

  • Commentary posted August 10, 2005 by Jonathan Butcher The War Against Excellence

    In a survey of gifted students published in 1994, a sixth-grader from New York did not mince words when asked about "cooperative learning," the educational fad that calls for students to work on assignments in groups. "Since I always end up doing everything, even when I try to get other people to do things, it is sort of like working by myself," she said. "Except…

  • WebMemo posted July 18, 2005 by Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Jonathan Butcher What to Make of the New NAEP Scores?

    Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics released its new "long-term trend" data on math and reading achievement, known as the "Nation's Report Card," or National Assessment of Educational Progress. The new data show statistically significant improvements among 9-year-olds in reading and math and among 13-year-olds in math.[1] The U.S. Department…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2005 by Jonathan Butcher Don't Change The Subject on School Choice

    Some opponents of school choice would have you believe otherwise, but the vast majority of parents want only what's best for their children. They don't question the dedication of public-school teachers. They don't want to shut down the public schools. They don't seek to create an entitlement for the well heeled. Ask Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina.…

  • Commentary posted March 16, 2005 by Krista Kafer, Jonathan Butcher An Education Budget That Makes the Cut

    Just as the No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to make "adequate yearly progress" toward state education goals, now it's time for Congress to show it can make real progress toward sound fiscal policy on education. President Bush's 2006 education budget has set a standard of budgetary restraint. Faced with a projected $427 billion deficit, President Bush has…

  • WebMemo posted March 9, 2005 by Krista Kafer, Jonathan Butcher Small Steps Toward Smarter Education Spending

    The President's FY 2006 budget request eliminates or consolidates funding for education programs that have achieved their original purposes, duplicate other programs, may be carried out with more flexible state formula grants, or involve activities that are better or more appropriately supported with state, local, or private resources. While attempts at fiscal…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2004 by Krista Kafer, Jonathan Butcher Spurning School Choice

    What a great sense of timing some Florida judges have. Even as families throughout the devastated areas hit by Hurricane Charley attempt to get their lives back to normal, along comes Florida's First District Court of Appeals, handing down a decision that will make that task more difficult -- at least for those families who benefit from the state's premier…

  • Commentary posted May 3, 2004 by Jonathan Butcher Give vouchers a chance

    There's a single father in Washington who is raising a son in the seventh grade and a daughter in the ninth. The daughter is off to a blazing start at Eastern High School, but the son is not faring so well at Brown Junior High. So the father is applying for the new opportunity scholarships - known far and wide as vouchers - to get his kids into one of the…

  • WebMemo posted January 26, 2004 by Jonathan Butcher, Krista Kafer Congress Establishes First Federal Voucher Program for D.C. Students

    Acting at the request of Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams and other city officials, parents, and students, Congress passed the first federal voucher program for students in the District of Columbia as part of the 2004 appropriations omnibus. Although these vouchers will provide a little over half of the per-pupil expense in public schools, research shows…

  • Commentary posted September 15, 2003 by Jonathan Butcher, Krista Kafer Identify the Traits That Define a 'No Excuses' School

    David Levin has a message for principals who want to turn failing schools into high-quality centers of learning: Two plus two equals five. That, at any rate, is what Levin, a co-founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Academies, told an audience at a recent education conference in Philadelphia. In short, the way to become a successful principal is put…

  • Backgrounder posted September 3, 2003 by Krista Kafer, Jonathan Butcher How Members of Congress Practice School Choice

    Members of Congress will soon have the opportunity to approve legislation that will grant low-income families in the District of Columbia the chance to choose where their children attend school. If every Member of Congress who uses private schools votes to give disadvantaged D.C. families the same access, the legislation will pass. In the past three years,…

  • Commentary posted July 14, 2003 by Jonathan Butcher, Krista Kafer Head Start Needs Reform, Not More Money

    You can tell by President Bush's proposal to reform Head Start that, even after two years in office, he still doesn't get it. He still seems to think those who receive government money should have something to show for it.   President Bush wants Head Start, the Lyndon Johnson-era program for underprivileged preschoolers, to make its government money…

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