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  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

  • Backgrounder posted April 3, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Homeschooling: A Growing Option in American Education

    A growing number of American families are choosing to homeschool their children. The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics reports that approximately 1.1 million children (2.2 percent of school-age children) were being educated at home as of 2003-29 percent more than the 850,000 students who were being homeschooled in 1998.[1]…

  • Backgrounder posted September 4, 2007 by Evan Feinberg How Members of Congress Practice Private School Choice

    Many Members of Congress value the opportunity to choose a safe and effective school for their own children, yet many of these same Members consis­tently oppose school choice legislation that would give the same opportunity to other families. For example, Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Hil­lary Clinton (D-NY) have been outspoken opponents of school choice…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2007 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg The Administrative Burden of No Child Left Behind

    Congress may soon consider the reauthorization of the " No Child Left Behind Act of 2001." Lawmakers should address, among other problems, the massive administrative and bureaucratic costs the federal government imposes on state and local authorities. Since 1965, American taxpayers have invested more than $778 billion on federal programs for elementary and…

  • WebMemo posted March 23, 2007 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg The Administrative Burden of No Child Left Behind

    The 110th Congress may soon consider the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This will be the ninth reauthorization of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Congress should address, among other problems with the law, the massive administrative and bureaucratic costs the federal government imposes on state and local…

  • WebMemo posted February 16, 2007 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Utah's Revolutionary New School Voucher Program

    On Monday, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., signed into law the "Parent Choice in Education" Act (H.B. 148).[1] The legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. Stephen H. Urquhart (R-St. George) and Sen. Curtis S. Bramble (R-Provo), creates a sweeping school voucher program that puts Utah on track to offer all children a scholarship to attend the school of their…

  • Backgrounder posted December 6, 2006 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg, Jennifer A. Marshall The Charter State Option: Charting a Course Toward Federalism in Education

    The 110th Congress (2007-2008) is scheduled to consider reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which will be the ninth reauthorization of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Yet after four decades and hun­dreds of billions of dollars, the federal government's involvement in K-12 education in America has failed to…

  • Backgrounder posted September 18, 2006 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg School Choice: 2006 Progress Report

    Reforms that give parents greater ability to choose their children's schools continue to expand across the nation. Just a decade ago, only a few school choice programs existed. Today, a dozen states and the District of Columbia have private school choice programs. In 2006, eight states- Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and…

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