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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
Government Spending
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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May 20, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
A coalition of more than 150 education reformers, state and federal policymakers past and present, teachers, and opinion leaders has released a manifesto opposing a state and federal government effort to establish a national curriculum and testing system.
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April 25, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Permanent regulations governing California's landmark Parent Empowerment Act are still months away.
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April 25, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
A Parent Trigger amendment to a “parental responsibility” bill was voted down in a Colorado state senate committee, signaling what the amendment’s sponsor said was the end of parent empowerment legislation in the Rocky Mountain State
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April 22, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Empowering parents to turn around failing public schools terrifies teacher unions, administrators, and education bureaucrats—in short, everyone with a stake in preserving the disgraceful status quo and resisting innovative reforms.
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April 4, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
The United States Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped the direct question of whether Arizona’s 14-year-old tax credit scholarship program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, ruling instead that opponents had no standing to
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April 1, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
National School Reform OrganizationsAlliance for School Choice1660 L Street NW #1000 Washington, DC 20036 phone 202/280-1973 fax 202/280-1989 www.allianceforschoolchoice.
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March 21, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
In an apparent policy reversal, California State Board of Education President Michael Kirst announced plans to accelerate the timetable for approving permanent regulations for the state’s landmark Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the Parent
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March 21, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Colorado’s third-largest school district has established a pilot program allowing up to 500 students to attend a public or private school of their choice.
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March 11, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Nobody expected California's education establishment to roll over and play dead in the face of one of the most significant reforms to come along in decades.
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March 4, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Compton, California seems an unlikely place for black and Latino parents to unite for fundamental education reform.
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February 24, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
McKinley Elementary School parents say they are undeterred by Compton Unified School District’s decision Tuesday to deny a petition to convert their chronically underperforming school to a charter school.
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February 17, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Wisconsin’s State Senate was scheduled to vote on a budget bill Thursday that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employee unions.
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February 17, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2012 budget includes $451 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which oversees PBS and National Public Radio.
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February 11, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and his staff say the state’s groundbreaking parent empowerment law may be too vague for the state department of education to write clear regulations.
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February 9, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
School choice programs such as vouchers and tax credit scholarships benefit nearly 200,000 children in 12 states and the District of Columbia, according to the latest annual findings from the Alliance for School Choice in Washington, DC.
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February 2, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Empowering parents to choose the best school for their children - whether public or pri- vate, regardless of ZIP code - isn’t just the right thing to do.
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January 29, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Empowering parents to choose the best school for their children — whether public or private, regardless of ZIP Code — isn't just the right thing to do.
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January 28, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Tracy Warner’s effort to compare Gov. Mitch Daniels’ school reform proposals to a similar, fictional reform of Indiana’s police forces should be judged a clever failure (“Policing the rush to charter schools,” Jan. 16).
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January 27, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Empowering parents to choose the best school for their children—whether public or private, regardless of ZIP Code—isn’t just the right thing to do.
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January 19, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Two Compton, Calif., parents who are active in the petition drive to convert a failing elementary school into an independent charter school have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
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