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Congress Moves Forward on No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

This week, Congress is expected to begin conference on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more commonly known as No Child Left Behind. Earlier this year, both the House and the Senate passed separate bills to reauthorize the program, while they now must reconcile before a final version can be passed.

11/17/2015
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Throwing Money at Education a Proven Failure

Leave it government to never, ever learn from its mistakes. Since the establishment of the U.S. Department of Education in 1979, the go-to solution for all things education related has been federal dollars piled atop more federal dollars. But for a Department so fixated on testing and results, it's remarkable how demonstrable failures are either extended or replicated without end. Race to the Top, Head Start, and No Child Left Behind have poured billions into schooling, without the promised improvements in student achievement. Across the country, the school districts that spend the most per child have the worst results, with the District of Columbia being among the worst offenders.

11/03/2015
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Of Course Government Has Too Much Power

According to a new report from Gallup polling, 60 percent of Americans think the federal government has too much power. This is the highest number recorded since Gallup began asking the question in 2002, and is tied with only one other year, 2013.

10/14/2015
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Obama Violates the Constitution with Education Appointment

When I heard that Education Secretary Arne Duncan was stepping down in December, my first reaction was one of elation. Duncan was instrumental in forcing Common Core upon the states, he’s been an advocate for more federal control of education, and, perhaps most troubling, of increased data collection and analysis in violation of the privacy of both students and parents.

10/05/2015
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Student Privacy Is in Danger, but Arizona Is Fighting Back

One of the most pernicious aspects of Common Core is the data collection that has come hand-in-hand with the standards.

09/02/2015
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FreedomWorks for America attends Utah GOP Convention

BY Casey Cheap

More than 50 FreedomWorks for America activists were at the Utah G.O.P. Convention August 15 in Sandy, Utah, where 3,000 delegates, activists and volunteers throughout the state attended Utah’s annual gathering. A special shout-out to Martha Dea and Candace Salima for volunteering all day and helping drive the recruitment other volunteers.

08/27/2015
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Presidential Candidates Talk Education in New Hampshire

Today, six of the Republican candidates for president met in New Hampshire for an in depth discussion of K-12 education policy. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, and Scott Walker each took the stage to talk in depth about their views on the government’s role in education.

08/19/2015
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FreedomWorks Presents Activist of the Year Award at Utah GOP Convention

FreedomWorks was on hand to present our Activist of the Year Award while at the Utah G.O.P. Convention in Sandy, Utah August 15.

08/17/2015
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"Head Start" Initiative Crashes and Burns

Clinging to the hope that a model for a universal preschool program could run effectively, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a project known as Head Start CARES in order to put this concept to the test. The purpose of this initiative was to put to the test three "evidence-based" ways of helping children in lower income communities develop a love of learning, which would eventually grow their academic prowess and help create a rise in the number of high school graduates in impoverished communities throughout the country. Sadly, Head Start has proved to be a failure to launch. According to Heritage Foundation research fellow David Muhlhausen, PH.D. "Experimental evaluations released in 2014 and 2015 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that enhanced Head Start CARES demonstration programs had little to no effect."

08/12/2015
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Jeb Bush And The Common Core Debacle

During the first round of the 2016 GOP presidential debates, Jeb Bush was pressured by the moderators to explain his history of pushing for Common Core implementation across the country. In his statement, Bush said:

08/07/2015

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