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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.
Education
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.
Education
June 21, 2017
Teachers Union President Reiterates Opposition to Giving Families Options
School Choice Weekly #183
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Education
June 20, 2017
Parents, What You Don’t Know Is Hurting Your Kids
SEL: The State as proxy parent.
Education
June 20, 2017
Parents, What You Don’t Know Is Hurting Your Kids
Schools are implementing social-emotional learning strategies at breakneck speeds. But are social-emotional learning standards and their interference in “interpersonal and behavioral skills” really as innocent and “nurturing” as led to believe?
Education
June 14, 2017
Judicial Watch Sues DOE Over School Grants Program
School Choice Weekly #182
 

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.

Videos

Title: Women in Education
Description: Education needs strong and capable leaders. Heartland is proud to present a discussion with four of the strongest and most capable leaders in education today.

Education Experts Team

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