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June 1, 2017
June School Reform News: Arizona Opens ESA Program to All Students
The June issue of School Reform News reports Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law a bill expanding the state’s education savings account program to make all schoolchildren in the state eligible.
June 20, 2017
New Heartland Policy Brief Touts Education Savings Accounts
ESAs are a constitutionally compliant solution proven to raise education quality in states willing to give choice a chance.
August 16, 2017
Teachers Union Kills Another Successful School of Choice
School Choice Weekly #189
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August 15, 2017
Purdue Buys For-Profit Kaplan University, Offers Discount to Indiana Residents
Purdue University trustees are offering significant discounts to in-state residents who enroll in Kaplan University, an online school Purdue recently acquired.
August 12, 2017
Families Unplugged: Screen Time vs. Face Time
Celebrated on the first Sunday in August, American Family Day has features that differ from certain major holidays, such as no gift exchanges, greeting cards, or traditional feasting.
August 11, 2017
Law Firm Demands Pennsylvania High School Allow Pro-Life Club
A national law firm sent a demand letter to a Pennsylvania high school, informing administrators the school’s denial of permission for a proposed pro-life club violates students’ constitutional rights.

The Need to Transform Schools

Education has been a high priority for Americans since the first settlers arrived here. The Founding Fathers thought a free society would be impossible without an educated population. Thomas Jefferson, our third president, said: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Today about nine of every 10 students attend schools that are owned, operated, and staffed by government employees. About 70 percent of the teachers in those schools belong to unions, working under workplace rules that frustrate the best and brightest while protecting incompetent and even dangerous teachers.

Curriculum has been debased by teachers, administrators, and politicians mandating one-size-fits-all standards in order to avoid being held responsible for falling student achievement. Alarming evidence is emerging that the problems affecting public schools are spreading to private schools as they increasingly adopt the curricula and tests used in the public sector.

There is widespread concern that public schools in the United States are delivering too few graduates with the reading, writing, knowledge, and workplace skills necessary to meet the challenges of a global economy in the twenty-first century.

How to Transform K–12 Education

The Heartland Institute focuses on reform ideas that can transform rather than merely reform K–12 schools. Three specific reforms we support are repealing and replacing Common Core State Standards, expanding education choice, and repealing bigoted Blaine Amendments.


Title: Parental Rights Amendment
Description: What is the Parental Rights Amendment? How will it protect your rights as a parent? Come learn why the PRA is needed now more than ever.

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