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May 31, 2016
By Ben Boychuk
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is proposing to give Buckeye State parents the chance to petition their local districts to reform failing public schools.
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May 31, 2016
By Ben Boychuk
Federal education mandates always carry unintended consequences, and well-intended, top-down rules often lead to absurd outcomes.
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April 22, 2015
By Ben Boychuk
A Staten Island judge ruled a lawsuit challenging New York State’s teacher-tenure and dismissal statutes may proceed.
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Education
April 7, 2015
By Joseph Bast, Jeff Judson, Ben Boychuk, Heather Kays, Joy Pullmann
The Texas state Senate Education Committee on Tuesday voted 8–3 to pass Senate Bill 4, which would establish a Taxpayer Credit Scholarship Program. The bill by Sen.
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Education
March 6, 2015
By Ben Boychuk
Louisiana education Superintendent John White has announced plans to review the state’s Common Core-aligned standardized tests one year ahead of schedule.
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Education
December 2, 2014
By Ben Boychuk
Nearly five years after California passed the nation’s first-ever “Parent Trigger” legislation, parents at only a handful of failing schools have taken advantage of the law’s potent remedies in the face of ferocious opposition.
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Education
September 30, 2014
By James Taylor, H. Sterling Burnett, Ben Boychuk, S.T. Karnick, Mischa Popoff, Alan Caruba (1938-2015)
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed SB270, a bill that bans single-use plastic shopping bags. The law takes effect on January 1, enforced against stores that are at least 10,000 square feet.
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Environment
January 9, 2013
By Joy Pullmann, Ben Boychuk, Bruno Behrend, Noreen Lephardt
The Adelanto School Board Tuesday night voted unanimously to turn Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school, marking the first time the “parent trigger” education reform was successfully invoked to force change in a failing school.
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Education
October 23, 2012
By Richard Vedder, Peter Ferrara, Clifford Thies, Joy Pullmann, John Coleman (1934-2018), S. Fred Singer (1924 - 2020), Paul Crovo, Marita Noon, Jonathan Steitz, Ben Boychuk
The following statements about Monday night’s final presidential debate from policy experts at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution.
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Education
Taxes
Government Spending
Environment
October 17, 2012
By Joseph Bast, S.T. Karnick, Steve Stanek, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Christine Ries, John McAdams, Ross Kaminsky, James Taylor, S. Fred Singer (1924 - 2020), Marita Noon, Paul Crovo, Marc Morano, Seton Motley, Richard Vedder, Joy Pullmann, Ben Boychuk, Clifford Thies, Jonathan Small, David L. Applegate, Scott H. Richardson
The following statements on Tuesday night’s presidential debate from fellows and policy advisors at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more comments, refer to the contact information below.
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Education
Taxes
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Environment
Health Care
September 19, 2012
By Joy Pullmann, Ben Boychuk, Bruno Behrend
The seven-day-old Chicago Teachers Union strike ended Tuesday night, sending 350,000 students back to class this morning.
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Education
February 24, 2012
By Ben Boychuk
Adelanto, California school district officials rejected a petition by parents to convert Desert Trails Elementary School into an independent charter under the nation’s inaugural Parent Trigger law.
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Education
February 1, 2012
By Ben Boychuk
Parents of students at a failing elementary school in the Southern California desert city of Adelanto are the second group to exercise their rights under the state’s Parent Trigger law.
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Education
January 31, 2012
By Bruno Behrend, Ben Boychuk, John Nothdurft, Joy Pullmann
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this month endorsed the Parent Trigger as part of his sweeping education proposals.
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Education
October 27, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
The United Teachers Los Angeles teachers union is demanding the Los Angeles Unified School District use a $55 million budget surplus to rehire 1,200 teachers laid off in the last year.
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Education
October 18, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
INTRODUCTIONConceived in 2009 by liberal activists in Los Angeles as a way to work around school boards hostile to reform, California’s landmark parent empowerment law, also known as the Parent Trigger, was passed quickly by the state legislature in
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Education
September 14, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Parents and teachers in Michigan would have the power to petition their school district to convert a failing public school into an independent charter under a bill pending in the Republican-controlled state Senate.
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August 15, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
TUNE IN: PublicSectorInc.org Online Debate Begins Monday, August 15, 2011.THE PARENT TRIGGER: A POSITIVE STEP OR A DISTRACTION FOR IMPROVING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?In 2010, California enacted education legislation known as the “parent trigger.
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August 2, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
California’s State Board of Education is on track to approve final, permanent regulations governing the state’s landmark Parent Trigger law at its September meeting.
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May 23, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
The California State Assembly’s education committee has removed controversial provisions from a bill aimed at “cleaning up” the state’s landmark parent empowerment law, also known as the Parent Trigger.
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