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  • Choosing A Better Way to Educate Students image

    Choosing A Better Way to Educate Students

    In the policy paper released by the Republican House Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility, solutions to the education system that will help keep vulnerable youth from …

  • Changing Lives Across Multiple Measures: School Choice Delivers By Metrics of Parents and Regulators image

    Changing Lives Across Multiple Measures: School Choice Delivers By Metrics of Parents and Regulators

    A new meta-analysis of studies done on the academic achievement of students in school choice programs shows that empowering parents to choose, delivers across multiple assessment metrics.

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    Audio: Inez Feltscher on the Education Savings Account (ESA) Revolution

    Inez Feltscher, director of the Task Force on Education and Workforce Development, recently joined ALEC members and members of the media to discuss three innovative tools parents can use to optimize …

  • New Report Examines Three Innovative Parent Tools to Optimize the Potential of Education Savings Accounts image

    New Report Examines Three Innovative Parent Tools to Optimize the Potential of Education Savings Accounts

    Education savings accounts have the potential to rewire the entire education system around new decision-makers: parents.

  • The 21st Century Education Savings Accounts image

    The 21st Century Education Savings Accounts

    School choice programs, from charter schools to voucher and tax credit scholarship programs, enjoy bipartisan support and are growing quickly across a majority of states. However, not all school choice …

  • For Retirement Security, K-12 Teachers Should Embrace Higher Ed Model image

    For Retirement Security, K-12 Teachers Should Embrace Higher Ed Model

    In a modern, defined contribution system, all workers and retirees get an annual report on the status of their pension investments.

  • Massachusetts Plays the Lottery with Students’ Futures image

    Massachusetts Plays the Lottery with Students’ Futures

    Last Wednesday, the families of 366 Massachusetts students waited anxiously while their educational fates were decided by a lottery. The families were applying to the Holyoke Community Charter School, one of the best in Massachusetts, but because charter school enrollment is arbitrarily capped in the state, only 34 were chosen to enroll in the school. Unfortunately, scenes like the one at Holyoke are not uncommon in Massachusetts, where the law allows only a certain number of charter schools to operate.

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    Prison Programming with Education Focus Reduces Recidivism

    For every dollar invested in a prison education program it will ultimately save taxpayers between $4 and $5 in reincarceration costs. The relative price of educating prisoners is negligible in relation to the annual cost of incarceration.

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    State of the State: Oklahoma

    Governor Fallin has traditionally been an ally of limited government, free markets and federalism. However, given the difficult economic circumstances that her oil-dependent state is suffering, the governor and legislature are in a trying position.

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    Digital Teaching and Learning Plan

    This bill: Has the following goals: Dramatic improvement in student achievement evidenced through individual student content mastery and state determined assessments Skilled workforce development and employer/student alignment Long-term self-funding through budget savings and tax revenue enhancements Requires the State Board of Education to establish a digital teaching and learning taskforce to develop a plan for digital teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools; and To develop a Digital Teaching and Learning master plan that will lead to dramatic improvements in student achievement; To develop a financial plan that leads to fiscal sustainability and accounts for the positive financial impact of the program; To conduct a technology readiness assessment of the public education system's current technology resources, instructional resources, and levels of professional development; To perform a school network infrastructure study to determine the technology infrastructure needs of the public education system to implement a digital teaching and learning program; and Report the findings to the Education Interim Committee and the Executive Appropriations Committee [or similar appropriate State education and appropriations legislative committees].

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    Dual Language Immersion Program Act

    This Act creates a pilot program, the Dual Language Immersion Program. It directs the State Board of Education to develop a course taught in one of the “critical languages” (as listed by the federal National Security Language Initiative, including Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, and Korean), which can be either a traditional course or through digital or interactive course modules. The Board shall notify districts of the course’s availability, and may expand the program to include more course offerings subject to demand and available resources. The Act also funds incentives to 15 qualifying schools for offering pilot programs in Chinese, Spanish, French, and Navajo, as well as a 50-50 English-foreign language instructional model. This policy, after amendments, was approved unanimously.

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    Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Means-Tested Eligibility)

    Summary: The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act creates a scholarship program that provides children from low- and middle-income families the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their parents’ choice.

  • Resolution in Support of Private Sector Colleges and Universities image

    Resolution in Support of Private Sector Colleges and Universities

    WHEREAS, private sector colleges enroll nearly 2.6 million students in the United States and comprise 42 percent of the 6,667 Title-IV eligible postsecondary institutions; and WHEREAS, private sector …

  • How a University is Forcing Teachers to become Liberal Activists image

    How a University is Forcing Teachers to become Liberal Activists

    To pass, these future educators must act like liberal social activists. This blatant violation of freedom of conscience flies in the face of academic freedom. While it is entirely appropriate for teachers to educate students regarding social issues, it is inappropriate for teachers to use their classes to forcefully recruit students for progressive causes.

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    State of the State: Kansas

    Kansas’ economy is primed for strong growth. To sustain its tax cuts and create greater economic opportunity, Kansas must implement stronger spending reforms, as other tax-cutting states like North Carolina have done.

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    Rally for Rebecca

    On a freezing Monday morning, dozens of teachers, parents and policymakers gathered on the steps of the United States Supreme Court to cheer on plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs during oral argument …

  • What State Legislatures are Doing to Protect Academic Freedom image

    What State Legislatures are Doing to Protect Academic Freedom

    Given recent campus protests, it is worth noting the efforts state legislatures are making to increase academic freedom at public universities. Virginia led this movement with its ban on free …

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    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al. is a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court filed by the Center for Individual Rights on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and …

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    Inez Feltscher Defends School Choice in O.C. Register

    Board members of the Anaheim Union High School District and Superintendent Michael Matsuda took to the Voice of OC news site to argue that charter schools’ “main goal” is to …

  • Supreme Court Set to Review Forced Union Contributions from Teachers image

    Supreme Court Set to Review Forced Union Contributions from Teachers

    Teachers’ unions, like other unions, spend a great deal of money engaging in explicitly political activity like lobbying legislators and supporting candidates. Teachers’ unions have so far represented the strongest political challenge to transformative education reform, such as charter schools, voucher programs and education savings accounts. Unfortunately, that clout is built, at least in part, on the forced contributions of teachers who do not necessarily agree with the actions of the unions.