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  • Commentary posted November 25, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Virginia Walden Ford GAO fails to account for success of school choice

    Only dug-in Washington bureaucrats would criticize the District of Columbia’s successful local school choice program for — wait for it — failing to offer enough information about choice. A quibbling new report from the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, faults the administrator of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program for not…

  • 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…

  • Commentary posted November 13, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Israel Ortega Don’t Look to the Feds for Pre-School

    You’d think that the Obamacare rollout debacle would give one pause before asking the federal government to start running another mega-program. Yet Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representatives George Miller (D., Calif.) and Richard Hanna (R., N.Y.) are doing just that today. Accompanied by Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner, they are unveiling “a bipartisan proposal…

  • Commentary posted October 15, 2013 by Lindsey Burke The Education Debit Card

    ‘The public-school system has no ability to handle Shawn’s sensory needs,” says Jennifer Doucet, mother of the Arizona fourth-grader. “We needed a program that understood him, that [we] could gear toward his needs, instead of him having to fit into someone else’s box.” So the Doucet family enrolled Shawn in Pieceful Solutions, a private school in Chandler, Ariz., with…

  • Commentary posted October 5, 2013 by Israel Ortega Common Core: Doubling down on a failed strategy

    How different is New York City from San Antonio? Or better yet– is your youngest son, the same as your older son? Well, if you’re the federal government these aren’t important questions to consider when it comes to creating education policy. Known as Common Core, the Department of Education has provided billions in federal funding to support a push for national…

  • Commentary posted September 30, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Education at a crossroads

    Nothing has been more contentious in the field of education than the idea of school choice. It’s odd. We take it for granted that we’ll find dozens of brands of cereal at our grocery stores and hundreds of stations on our cable TV. We expect to be able to choose from a wide variety of coffee drinks and scores of restaurants. Yet we’re expected to think that the school…

  • 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…

  • Commentary posted September 11, 2013 by Andrew Kloster, Lindsey Burke DOJ uses decades-old accusations of racism as a club again

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s Justice Department is stuck in the past. And now that predilection is threatening to keep thousands of disadvantaged children in Louisiana from the decent education they so desperately want and need. What makes the Justice Department’s obsession with “sins of the past” doubly wrong-headed is that it repeats an error recently…

  • Commentary posted April 28, 2013 by Jason Richwine, Ph.D. Student Loan Program's Costs are Unknown

    The Congressional Budget Office has applied a risk-appropriate discount rate to student loans based on what private lenders would offer for a similar level of risk. In contrast to the government's current accounting practices, which show student loans making a "profit" for the government of 9 percent, the CBO's alternate -- but more accurate -- analysis found that between…

  • Commentary posted April 16, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. School Choice is on the March

    These days, freedom is under fire in many ways. It’s nice to be able to report that in one area, at least, freedom is marching in the right direction: education. “Indiana’s highest court ruled unanimously in Meredith v. Pence that the Choice Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to low-income and middle-income families in the Hoosier State, is constitutional,” the…

  • Commentary posted April 11, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky To All the Colleges That Rejected Suzy Weiss

    Pittsburgh high schooler Suzy Weiss has a 4.5 GPA, an SAT score of 2120 (out of a maximum 2400), and a slew of rejections from Ivy League colleges. But unlike most unsuccessful applicants, Weiss didn’t accept her rejection meekly. Instead, she penned a sarcastic open letter to those who spurned her — and got it published in the Wall Street Journal. Weiss’s letter…

  • Commentary posted April 6, 2013 by Lindsey Burke Putting the 'Nanny' in 'Nanny State'

    For most 4-year-olds, early childhood education means any one of a number of nurturing preschool experiences: a small neighborhood program, a church-based day care, a private preschool or early education at home. Parents have many options. At the same time, more parents work from home and take care of their children. Many mothers want the most time possible at home in…

  • Commentary posted March 21, 2013 by Lindsey Burke Pre-K Push Will Spend Billions, Fail as Miserably as Head Start

    During his State of the Union address, President Obama proclaimed that "every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood education can save more than seven dollars later on, by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime." Sounds impressive, but that "return on investment" figure reflects a lot of wishful thinking. It appears to…

  • Commentary posted March 5, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Lesson in Education Hyperbole

    Dire predictions about the fate of certain government programs hardly have been in short supply as sequestration-related budget cuts loomed. It was hardly a surprise, then, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan got in on the act. “It just means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need, and as many as 40,000 teachers could lose…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Don't Let Feds Have Your Children

    No doubt about it, President Obama wants to spend even more on government preschool programs, including a "significant expansion" of the federal Early Head Start program. He called for it in his State of the Union Address, then traveled to Atlanta two days later to second his own motion. Specifically, the president wants Early Head Start to enroll a greater number of…