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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.
Government Spending
July 22, 2017
Ivanka Trump Pitches Paid-Leave Mandate on Capitol Hill
President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka went to Congress to sell her idea for government-mandated paid parental leave.
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Government Spending
July 21, 2017
Michigan Enacts Pension Reform
New teachers and employees in Michigan’s government schools will be automatically enrolled in a defined-contribution pension plan instead of the current taxpayer-funded, hybrid pension plan, beginning next year.
July 21, 2017
School ‘Staffing Surge’ a ‘Costly Failure,’ Report Says
A huge, decades-long increase in the number of teachers, administrators, and other employees in public schools across the country has wasted taxpayer dollars, failed to improve student achievement, and caused teacher pay to stagnate, a study has found.
July 20, 2017
Montana Fights Decision Upholding Tax-Credit Scholarship Program
The Montana government is asking the state’s Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that allows religious schools to participate in a tax-credit scholarship program.

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: 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.

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