• America’s Education Problem w/Graphs
    Unfortunately, one major stumbling block to producing these kinds of cosmopolitan, creative leaders — the leaders we need to compete in the world — is our public education system.
  • Seattle showdown: Union-funded board members trying to run
    Washington Education Association “invested” $11,500 in two candidates who were successfully elected to the Seattle school board. It appears that investment is already paying dividends for the state’s largest teachers union. According to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website, WEA’s political action committee gave $9,000 and $2,500 to the respective campaigns of Marty McLaren and Sharon Peaslee. Now, McLaren and Peaslee are spearheading efforts to oust Teach for America from Seattle Public Schools…
  • School Choice Momentum Continues Across the Country
    Last year’s “Year of School Choice” is continuing into 2012, meaning that even more students will reap the benefits of a quality education and be given the opportunity for a brighter future.
  • Nationalizing Education
    By the Pioneer Institute’s count, the Administration is running afoul of three federal laws in particular: the General Education Provisions Act, the Department of Education Organization Act (establishing the agency in 1979), and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA, the predecessor to No Child Left Behind).
  • Ed Week on Distorted Special Ed Counts
    One factor not canvassed in the Ed Week story – unsurprisingly – is the role of financial incentives in public school special education programs. Public schools are incentivized to label studnets as disabled in order to access additional funding. Study after study after study after study has confirmed the empirical relationship between the presence and strength of these incentives and rising rates of special education diagnosis in public schools.
  • Brookings Study: Common Core Will Not Boost Learning
    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is unlikely to improve academic outcomes, concludes a new report from the Brookings Institution.
  • Census Data Shows Inequality Linked to Education, Not Taxes
    Today, we will look at the link between education and income. Recent Census data comparing the educational attainment of householders and income shows about as clearly as you can that America’s income gap is really an education gap and not the result of tax cuts for the rich. The chart below shows that as people’s income rise, so too does the likelihood that they have a college degree or higher.
  • School board chair says union complaint against Register ‘without merit’
    The Metro school board chair has rejected claims of the Service Employees International Union Local 205, which in January accused Director of Schools Jesse Register of unilaterally stripping rights of support staff employees.

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