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Education Isn't Broken, Our Country Is

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

If we don't fix education -- politicians and pundits proclaim -- we are in for big trouble. News flash: We're already in big trouble. We don't have an education problem in America. We have a social disease.

In Louisiana, a Win for School Choice (and Students)

James Golsan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
James Golsan

Fear of litigation is always a major concern when a state considers whether to pass a choice program, though typically the fear is that the lawsuit will come from within the state, not the federal government.

Joy Resmovits

DC School Vouchers Program Found To Lack Oversight | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

Washington, D.C.'s school voucher program, a political football often caught up in congressional budget battles, suffers from poor oversight, accordin...

Joy Resmovits

Schools Chief Warns Against 'Aggressive Populism' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The so-called education reform movement -- the bipartisan efforts of policymakers that produced the latest wave of charter schools, tenu...

Joy Resmovits

Jindal Accuses Obama Administration Of Attacking Parents | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

After weeks of opposition from prominent Republican politicians and a $500,000 television spot from Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), the U.S. Department of Just...

Joy Resmovits

Minority Families Join GOP Politicians To Fight U.S. In Court | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

School vouchers, a controversial system for funding private schools with public dollars, are aligning a group of minority Louisiana parents with promi...

Joy Resmovits

Republicans Claim Obama Is Keeping Kids In Failing Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

House Republicans are stepping into the legal battle over school vouchers in Louisiana. On Tuesday, a group of high-ranking GOP legislators wrote ...

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Goes After Eric Holder | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is steamed. Earlier this week the state was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice over its school voucher system, ...

What the United States Can Learn From Chile

Alex Wirth | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Alex Wirth

While I've traveled abroad before, I have never spent so much time in one place. After two months, one gets a sense of a country's people, culture, and politics and you learn some surprising things about your own.

North Carolina GOP Dubs Millions in Education Cuts as 'Opportunity Scholarships'

Michael Sargeant | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

The GOP is at it again -- trying to give damaging policy ideas a pretty name in hopes that Americans will not notice that the ideas themselves are dangerous.

Why Ken Cuccinelli's Plan for Education Is Concerning

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Virginia has become a hotbed for those who wish to strip the country of the spirit of protection afforded by the language Jefferson composed centuries ago.

What States Are Doing To Encourage The Growth Of Private Schools

Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

John Celock

Cory Booker's Senate Rivals Seek To Escape His Shadow | John Celock | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

Newark Mayor Cory Booker's Democratic U.S. Senate opponents sought to differ themselves from the frontrunner during Monday night's debate. Educati...

A Time to Strike

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The working conditions for teachers in North Carolina have become untenable. On Facebook and Twitter, I am inundated with updates from my home state, pleas from fellow North Carolina Teaching Fellow alumni about their bottom-of-the-barrel pay and their worthless Master's degrees.

School Choice: Part of the Solution to Our Broken Education System

Sen. Rand Paul | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Rand Paul

All children, no matter who they are or where they live, deserve an equal chance to develop their skills and intellect. But today in America, too many kids don't get that chance.

Courts and (Neo)Vouchers: When (if Ever) Should We Be Surprised?

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

Lawyers who designed the neovoucher approach were doing what lawyers are hired to do: to find a work-around that will allow their clients to follow a desired path notwithstanding a law intended to block that path.

When (Neo)Voucher Advocates Lose

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

The court applied the no-aid clause to find that a voucher system cannot fund private schools, whether set up with direct funding or through a tax credit scheme.

The Federal Government's Role in Education: School Vouchers?

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Marc F. Bernstein

Teacher unions, parents, small government advocates are critical constituencies for both Democrats and Republicans. How could Congress do anything but consider limiting the federal role in education?

GOP 'Way Too Extreme' For Own Member

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Wisconsin slammed his own party as “extreme” and compared its decision-making to that of Russian President Vladimir ...

Randi Weingarten Declares Victory

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

This article comes to us courtesy of the New Haven Independent. PALO ALTO—Three thousand miles away from New Haven, the city became Exhibit A in ...

Louisiana Court Nixes Funding For School Vouchers

Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Louisiana's Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision on Tuesday that struck down Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) plan to power a private school voucher program wit...

Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Dennis Van Roekel

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

Wisconsin Voucher Students Lag In Latest State Test

Journal Sentinel | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

Students attending private voucher schools in Milwaukee and Racine scored lower than their public-school counterparts in Milwaukee Public Schools and ...

Governor Defends Secret Project To Reform Education System | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended his administration's involvement in a secret project that is trying to develop a cheaper way to deliver...

Why Patrick Mara Is So Wrong for D.C.

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.18.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mara does not represent the views of the people of the District of Columbia, which makes him wrong for the people of D.C.