Tag: Education

Student Debt and Default Explode While U.S. Department of Education Fiddles »

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) examined what steps it had taken from fiscal years 2011 through 2014 to improve student debt and loan repayment rates. In a nutshell, a big fat nothing—and taxpayers will be stuck paying off tens of billions in bad loans as...
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Reauthorized Child Care Block Grant: Another Brick in the Wall for Big Government »

Access to high-quality child care is an important consideration for many American families and parents—especially those struggling to make ends meet. Last month the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), approved by the House back in September. President Obama signed the bill on November 19. The bill...
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Raising Arizona: Voters Agree with Incoming Superintendent Diane Douglas that Parents, Not the State, Are Primary in Education »

It’s true: Arizona’s incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas did run on a single issue—and to a majority of voters, it was the only education issue that mattered: children are not creatures of the state. First, some background. Douglas made national headlines for her unwavering opposition to Common Core national standards. Her opponent,...
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Students Won’t Be Collateral Damage in California Big Spenders’ Showdown »

There’s a showdown brewing in California’s not-so-OK Corral—make that the UC Corral—and students are fed up with being the ones caught in the crossfire. It started back in 2012 when Gov. Jerry Brown threatened to slash state funding for California’s ten University of California campuses unless his Proposition 30  (also known as the “Millionaire’s Tax”)...
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NYC’s Success Academy Charter Schools Are Beating the Odds . . . and Powerful Unions »

It’s no secret that labor union rules impose significant burdens on schools. More than a decade ago Lance Izumi oversaw a rigorous study that examined the impact of 25 years of collective bargaining on the effectiveness of California public schools. It found that rigid union rules put California schools and classrooms in a stranglehold...
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Obama’s Undisciplined School Discipline Reforms »

Keeping kids safe at school should go hand in hand with ensuring high-quality academics. The U.S. Department of Education’s record on both fronts has been poor at best. During the No Child Left Behind era of George W. Bush, parents were supposed to have an Unsafe School Choice Option. Partisan politics and perverse incentives...
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Distorted Education Attack Ads Hide the Facts »

Political campaigns across the country are heating up—thanks in no small part to all the hot air surrounding accusations about alleged “cuts” to education funding. As I explain in a recent USA Today column: In North Carolina, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been savaging her opponent, Republican N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, for allegedly cutting $500 million from...
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Georgia’s Ivory Tower Behavior Modification-istas »

This month a campus-wide smoking ban is supposed to take effect at the University of Georgia. Students objected that the ban was not passed with adequate student or faculty input and planned to protest with a “smoke-in.” Reasonable people can agree that smoking is not healthy—but forcing smokers to quit is a “cure” that’s...
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The Free Speech Movement Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary, but the Eternal Battle Between Liberty and Power Goes On »

“Free speech is an eternally radical idea, so it is always under threat at all times in human history.” —Greg Lukianoff October 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, the iconic student rebellion that rocked the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, during the tumultuous 1960s. As summarized by Berkeley’s...
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Public Schools and Government Schools »

Earlier this year, I was saddened by the passing of Stanley Marshall, founder of the James Madison Institute, an organization that promotes individual freedom in Florida. Stan was president of Florida State University from 1969-1976, and went into private business before founding the James Madison Institute in 1987. I have worked with the Institute...
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