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Common Core for Higher Ed

Last month, president Obama quietly put forward a new plan to establish a rating system for colleges and universities, designed and overseen by the U.S. Department of education, which would then be used to determine funding levels for these institutions. It’s the continuation of a worrying trend of more federal involvement in education that includes No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core Education Standards, Head Start, and the president’s new scheme to make the first two years of community college free.

01/12/2015
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Five Regulatory Fights for 2015

We all know that Congress has some big ticket items on its agenda for next year - repealing ObamaCare, balancing the budget, reining the president’s executive authority, but receiving less attention than perhaps they should are a number of smaller regulatory battles in which the new Republican majority could make a real difference.

12/31/2014
What Current Affairs Reveal About Education
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What Current Affairs Reveal About Education

It’s as if current events are working together to reform education, or, at the very least, to make it evident to all Americans why reform needs to happen. Between the current government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling, it’s becoming more evident every day that the safest place for education is as far away from the federal government as possible. 

10/07/2013
The FreedomCast - Episode 44 - Common Core Educational Standards
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The FreedomCast - Episode 44 - Common Core Educational Standards

On today’s edition of the FreedomCast, FreedomWorks Director of Grassroots, Whitney Neal joins me to discuss Common Core educational standards: the good, the bad and the incredibly creepy. Related links: Common Core Resource Page

06/05/2013
Abolishing the Department of Education is the Right Thing to Do
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Abolishing the Department of Education is the Right Thing to Do

Eliminating the Department of Education used to be a standard Republican talking point. In 1980, Ronald Reagan ran on abolishing the federal department soon after Jimmy Carter created it. The 1996 GOP platform read, “the Federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or to control jobs in the market place. This is why we will abolish the Department of Education, end federal meddling in our schools, and promote family choice at all levels of learning.”

09/19/2011