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  • When the Public School System Prioritizes Control Instead of Children image

    When the Public School System Prioritizes Control Instead of Children

    School choice has improved personalized learning opportunities, but often overlooked is access to public school sports and extracurricular activities. While equal access laws allow homeschoolers to participate in …

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    Accountability in Education

    Ensuring that our kids are prepared for college, a career, and real life is something that families as well as policy leaders view as a top priority.  The process starts …

  • Ed Tech Spotlight: Western Governors University image

    Ed Tech Spotlight: Western Governors University

    Disruption in higher education has become a hot topic of late. With predictions about widespread university closure and speculation about which colleges will go down first, many have …

  • Schools Should Prioritize Great Teachers over Bureaucratic Bloat image

    Schools Should Prioritize Great Teachers over Bureaucratic Bloat

    What makes a great teacher? Whether it’s the history teacher who gives students a vivid window into the past or the quirky geometry teacher who practically worships Pythagoras, great teachers …

  • Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message image

    Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message

    Despite early promise of being a bold reformer, the governor now zealously possesses the tax and spend mantle. And the spending extends beyond education. She promises a cornucopia of spending courtesy of the tax hikes on “initiatives that each of you are passionate about.”

  • New Mexico State of the State: Governor Applauds Economic Diversification and Pushes for Comprehensive Tax Reform image

    New Mexico State of the State: Governor Applauds Economic Diversification and Pushes for Comprehensive Tax Reform

    The governor’s proposals for comprehensive tax reform, economic diversification, infrastructure spending prioritization, and education reform can generate longer-term opportunities. However, additional changes are needed. The state’s tort system and worker’s compensation costs remain economic drags. The relative lack of tax and expenditure limits and 8th highest number of state employees per capita contribute to a bloated state government.

  • Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing image

    Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing

    The governor’s rejection of a tax increase is welcomed news for taxpayers. Just last year, legislators overrode his veto in order to enact an enormous tax increase of $1.2 billion over the next two years alone. This tax hike on individuals and businesses wiped out much of the tax reductions from the 2012 reforms. Avoiding a new tax increase, pushing for a voter-approved constitutional amendment on school financing, and demanding educational reforms will help avoid compounding the damage from last year’s tax hikes.  

  • Arizona State of the State: Confidence and Conviction, Promise and Possibility image

    Arizona State of the State: Confidence and Conviction, Promise and Possibility

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey delivered a sunny State of the State address, highlighting the “capacity of our state, and its people, to always be ahead of the …

  • Alabama’s State of the State Address image

    Alabama’s State of the State Address

    Nine months into her unexpected tenure, Governor Kay Ivey delivered her first State of the State address on January 9. Gov. Ivey said her goal at the …

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    Give Military Families School Choice

    On Monday, November 13, I moderated a discussion at The Heritage Foundation about how Americans can provide education choice to the families of military men and women, and what those …

  • Newt Gingrich Addresses ALEC Fiscal Responsibility in Higher Education Academy image

    Newt Gingrich Addresses ALEC Fiscal Responsibility in Higher Education Academy

    Newt Gingrich addressed state legislators who gathered from across the country last week at the ALEC Fiscal Responsibility in Higher Education Academy at the George Mason Antonin Scalia School of …

  • A Conversation on Higher Education with Mitch Daniels and Richard Vedder image

    A Conversation on Higher Education with Mitch Daniels and Richard Vedder

    Last week, state legislators from around the country came together to attend the ALEC Fiscal Responsibility in Higher Education Academy at the George Mason Antonin Scalia School of Law. Purdue …

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    Education Spending and Outcomes

    In 2016, the Connecticut Superior Court held that the state failed to uphold its constitutional duty to provide adequate education to children in certain school districts.[i] …

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Addresses ALEC 44th Annual Meeting image

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Addresses ALEC 44th Annual Meeting

    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos talks educational choice at the 44th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

  • ALEC Applauds Michigan’s MPSPERS Pension Reform Efforts image

    ALEC Applauds Michigan’s MPSPERS Pension Reform Efforts

    This reform package preserves retirement security for existing and future employees while putting in place a more fiscally sustainable benefit for new workers. Both teachers and taxpayers win.

  • SCOTUS Decision in Trinity Lutheran Sets the Stage for Expanded School Choice image

    SCOTUS Decision in Trinity Lutheran Sets the Stage for Expanded School Choice

    Trinity Lutheran has the potential to set the stage for an even brighter future for education reform in the United States.

  • North Carolina Accelerates Broad-Based Tax Relief image

    North Carolina Accelerates Broad-Based Tax Relief

    By further lowering economically destructive taxes on productivity, North Carolina lawmakers are giving the state’s economy yet another long-term boost, further magnetizing its draw for individuals and businesses alike.

  • “Choice Counts”: Education Director Documents Success of Charter Schools, Education Savings Accounts image

    “Choice Counts”: Education Director Documents Success of Charter Schools, Education Savings Accounts

    Director of the Education and Workforce Development Task Force Inez Feltscher joins Buck Sexton to discuss the merits of school choice and education savings accounts.

  • State of the State: New Hampshire image

    State of the State: New Hampshire

    Despite the Granite State’s strengths and Sununu’s proposals, there remains work to be done. For example, the top marginal tax rate for corporations is a steep 8.2%; and although New Hampshire doesn’t have a personal income tax or sales tax, it does have the highest property tax burden in the nation. New Hampshire also ranks a lackluster 37th in the nation in terms of burdensome regulations according to the Pacific Research Institute. Furthermore, the recently released ALEC report Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016 ranks the state’s pension funding level at 43rd nationally. Using a risk-free rate of return of 2.344 percent, New Hampshire’s state pensions are unfunded in excess of $13,000 per capita with a funded ratio of just 28 percent.

  • State of the Commonwealth: Massachusetts image

    State of the Commonwealth: Massachusetts

    Overall, however, the state’s steps towards economic competitiveness are yielding results. Governor Baker rightfully recognized this achievement, “We built a bipartisan team, worked in partnership with the legislature and looked for common ground.” Shrinking the state’s budget gap by over $1 billion without tax or fee increases is just one example.