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SOTU: President Obama's Failed Education Policies

Despite President Obama's claim to victory in some federal education policies, he will leave a record of a series of failed policies, including all of the ones he mentioned in his final SOTU message...

No Child Left Behind, now Every Child Succeeds Act, Lacks Accountability

With new assessment flexibility, the Every Student Succeeds Act eliminates traditional yearly student assessment tests, the only way to keep teachers accountable, writes Lloyd Bentsen IV...

The Dance Continues: Changing the Locus of Political Control Mostly Misses the Point

We have yet to learn the key lesson of failed attempts to significantly improve the school system, writes John Merrifield...

Education Department Runs 'Second Chance' Pell Pilot for Prisoners

The Department of Education's new push to extend Pell Grants to students incarcerated in state or federal prisons may be costlier and less effective than the vocational training programs already in place...

Arne Duncan: Common Core Now Letter of the Law and Can Be Implemented

The federal government now has the ability to implement Common Core, according to former Education Secretary Arne Duncan...

A Nevada Benchmark for ESA-Driven Transformational Change

The Friedman Foundation has benchmarked the Nevada school system so we’ll know the effect of the Nevada Education Savings Account law...

More Evidence of School System Failure, But not of "Failure of Market Reform"

A new book documents that another attempt to significantly improve the school system central plan has failed, and that education scholars nearly always have no idea what "market reform" means, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John Merrifield...

The Benefits of Field Trips

Field trips provide numerous advantages unavailable in the classroom...

Common Core Now Law of the Land

Under the new Every Student Succeed Act, the government is requiring states to "demonstrate" that they have adopted standards aligned to "college and career standards"...

Another Devastating Unintended Side Effect of the System's Appearance of Fairness Imperative

Disruptive students are an inevitable result of futility in trying to make one size fit...


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