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  • Backgrounder posted April 25, 2005 by Krista Kafer Choices in Education: 2005 Progress Report

    School choice is in high demand and growing. Twenty years ago, few states had policies or programs allowing parents the freedom to make choices in their children's education. Today, 11 states and the District of Columbia have state-funded scholarship programs or provide tax relief for education expenses or contributions to scholar­ship funds. Most states…

  • 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 October 12, 2004 by Krista Kafer The Magic Number

    On September 9, 2004, the House of Representatives voted to increase funding for education by $2 billion. In 2005, the Department of Education will receive a total of $57.7 billion to administer K-12 and postsecondary programs. Programs serving poor and disabled students will receive the largest boost. Funding for education programs administered by other agencies…

  • WebMemo posted September 8, 2004 by Krista Kafer Girl Power: Why Girls Don't Need the Women's Educational Equity Act

    Soon the House of Representatives will vote on an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2005 (H.R.5006) that would appropriate $3 million for the Women's Educational Equity Act. The amendment by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) will fund a program that…

  • 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…

  • Backgrounder posted July 6, 2004 by Krista Kafer No Child Left Behind: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Will Rogers once said, "If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics." This is especially true when it comes to education and the federal law known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). But truth--always a rare commodity--is growing rarer still as the nation approaches November, and discussion about this complex and bipartisan law is…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2004 by Krista Kafer Where Do We Go From Here?

    Will Rogers once said, "If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics." This is especially true when it comes to education and the federal law known as the No Child Left Behind act (NCLB). But truth--always a rare commodity--is growing rarer still as the nation approaches November, and discussion about this complex and bipartisan law is…

  • Backgrounder posted May 4, 2004 by Krista Kafer A Head Start for Poor Children?

    As the 39-year-old federal Head Start program once again comes before Congress for reauthorization, several unanswered questions that have dogged the program since its inception should be considered. First, does it work? Twenty-two years after the creation of the preschool program for low-income children, its cofounder, Edward Zigler, acknowledged, "We simply…

  • Backgrounder posted April 26, 2004 by Krista Kafer Refocusing Higher Education Aid on Those Who Need It

    Under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), $103.6 billion in grants and loans was made available to students in 2003.[1] The law, which is due for reauthorization, offers guaranteed loans, grants, and support services to students and their families, as well as aid to institutions. Over half of the full-time undergraduates attending four-year colleges and…

  • WebMemo posted April 15, 2004 by Krista Kafer Frequently Asked Questions about Education in America

    How many students are enrolled in public and private schools in the United States? How do U.S. students fare on national assessments? …

  • Legal Memorandum posted March 19, 2004 by Krista Kafer School Choice in 2003: An Old Concept Gains New Life

    Author's Note: On January 23, 2004, the District of Columbia joined 11 states or districts that have voucher or tax credit parental choice laws. In fewer than 20 years, the nation has gone from two such programs to 12. In those two decades, 40 states and the District adopted charter school laws, a quarter initiated public school choice open enrollment laws, and home…

  • Commentary posted March 12, 2004 by Krista Kafer Let's Invest in Families

    As The Oklahoman reported in "State program receives national recognition" (news story, Feb. 20), Oklahoma has one of the most ambitious early childhood programs in the country. The state is one of only three to offer universal preschool for all 4-year- olds, in addition to numerous other early care programs. In a report by the Congressional Research Service,…

  • Commentary posted February 1, 2004 by Krista Kafer A Head Start for Poor Children?

    As the 39-year-old federal Head Start program once again comes before Congress for reauthorization, several unanswered questions that have dogged the program since its inception should be considered. First, does it work? Twenty-two years after the creation of the preschool program for low-income children, its cofounder, Edward Zigler, acknowledged, "We simply…

  • 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…