4 Reasons to Be Pro-Choice When It Comes to Education

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In a new report, Heritage Foundation expert Lindsey Burke reviews the academic research and finds clear benefits from school choice:

  1. More students graduate
  2. Public schools improve when faced with competition
  3. Special needs students have more options for services
  4. Parents are more involved and satisfied

“Instead of policies to increase spending on the public education system,” Burke argues, “states and local school districts would better serve students by empowering parents with control over their share of education funding.”

Read more about why empowering parents with control over their child’s education leads to better outcomes.

A Way to Start Fixing Higher Education

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Over the past few decades, the cost of college education has climbed, while the quality of education has declined.  This results, in part, from a accreditation regime that endorses the status quo and limits market competition.

Heritage Foundation education expert Lindsey Burke highlights one proposal that moves higher ed in the right direction by encouraging innovation and competition.  Sen. Mike Lee (R – UT) has introduced new legislation called The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act, which would Continue Reading »

A New Way to Fund Your Child’s Education

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Heritage Foundation experts Lindsey Burke and Brittany Corona explain the value of Education Savings Accounts, which are being pioneered in Arizona as a new way for parents to fund their child’s education.

Families can use ESAs to pay for private school tuition, online learning and private tutoring. Parents are even able to roll over unused funds from year to year, and can even roll those funds into a college savings account.

Early data from Arizona show that not only are parents considering opportunity costs — whether they’re getting good value for their education spending — they’re also seizing the opportunity to tailor their child’s educational experience.

This is an important innovation that puts parents, not bureaucrats, in charge of education spending. A recent in-depth Heritage report explains how states can set up Education Savings Accounts.

Do you think parents should have more control over how education funds are spent?

The Costly, Centralized Common Core Standard Is Running into Problems

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New York and Kentucky have begun to implement the Common Core education standards–and they’re running into trouble. The Heritage Foundation’s Brittany Corona points out that in June,

49 New York principals wrote a letter to New York education commissioner John King explaining the problems teachers are finding with the Common Core assessments. While the principals state that they agree with Common Core in theory and are “committed to helping New York realize the full promises of Common Core,” they write that its implementation has been haphazard.

For example, these principals have reported a number of problems with the tests Common Core requires. Issues range from unnecessarily long testing sessions to  difficult and confusing questions. Continue Reading »

Does America Need a One-Size-Fits-All Education Plan?

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Every child is unique. There is not a one-size-fits-all model for educating them, but that is exactly what liberals are attempting to create with Common Core.

Common Core would establish a national education curriculum, standards, and testing on all students across the United States. Heritage Foundation expert Lindsey Burke outlines three major issues with this approach:

  1. It has no track record of success. Common Core has not been proven to improve academic outcomes. Nevertheless, Burke explains, the “Obama Administration has pushed states to adopt national standards and assessments in exchange for offers of billions of dollars in federal funding and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind.”
  2. It centralizes power in Washington. Individual school districts have proven time and time again that they are capable of managing their own educational curriculum and standards. Each state, district, and school has unique needs and circumstances to achieve what is best for their students. Burke elaborates: “common core assumes curriculum driven by federal bureaucrats and national organizations – are preferable to the state and local reform efforts guided by input from parents, teachers and taxpayers.”
  3. It discourages innovation. By mandating top-down federal standards, common core takes away classroom innovation and forces teachers to teach to the centralized standards and tests, removing creativity and individuality from the classroom.

Common Core is an unproven system that would centralize power and strip creativity from teachers. Read more about Heritage’s education research on our education website.

What do you think about instituting a Common Core education? 

Why Universal Preschool Would Cost Taxpayers and Not Benefit Students

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During his State of the Union address this month, President Obama called for a universal preschool program. The idea is that widespread preschool will boost students’ educational achievements later in life.

The fact is, however, that universal preschool–which is on the books in Georgia and Oklahoma–is costly and has not been demonstrated to improve educational achievement.

The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke explains that these programs don’t raise test scores as liberals suppose. “In fact, in Oklahoma, fourth-grade reading test scores have declined since 1998, when the state first implemented universal preschool,” Burke explains. Continue Reading »

This Week on Istook Live!

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Heritage Foundation scholar Ernest Istook hosted several leading political commentators and Heritage experts on his program last week.

  • Jason Jones, producer of the film Cresendo, discussed the story and message behind his pro-life film.
  • Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America discussed the new role of women in combat.

Human Events contributor, Tim Cavanaugh discussed how demographic changes in the electorate will shape future elections.

Other guests included Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) and Heritage’s Lindsey Burke and Rachel Sheffield.

Check in Monday as Istook continues to discuss these and other important issues.  Be sure to tune in 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern Monday through Friday. Find out more about the show, browse show archives, and listen live on istook.com

Heritage Experts Take on the Debate

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The candidates debate

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney squared off last night on foreign policy in the final of three presidential candidates’ debates.

Here’s a rundown of reactions from Heritage Foundation experts: Continue Reading »

Heritage’s Domestic Policy Experts Respond to Last Night’s Debate

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Last night, Heritage Foundation experts live-blogged their analysis of the issues raised as President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney debated. Heritage’s Amy Payne rounds up our what our experts were saying.

Tax expert Curtis Dubay on the need for tax reform:

Obama repeated the falsehood that Romney’s plan would raise taxes on the middle class. This incorrect assertion was spread by a biased report from the Tax Policy Center. Romney’s plan can make pro-growth changes to the tax code and doesn’t have to raise taxes on the middle class.

Read our experts’ takedown of the Tax Policy Center’s flawed report. Continue Reading »

Watch Tonight’s Debate Live with Heritage

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The Heritage Foundation’s policy experts will be providing real-time analysis of tonight’s presidential candidates’ debate. Visit The Foundry to watch the debate online and stay up-to-date with our experts’ blog commentary and Twitter updates.

And be sure to join the conversation on Twitter by following @Heritage and posting with the hashtag #Debate2012.

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