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February 10, 2016
by Jeanne Allen, CER Founder & President Emeritus February 10, 2016 As the American people are digesting the results of the 2016 New Hampshire primary, and the news media are acting like the contest for president is over, a reminder of how Democracy in America works in is order. Over 150 years ago, de Tocqueville […] Read more »
February 8, 2016
While many parents in Nebraska enjoy some ability to choose among existing schools, high performing public options are often at capacity. As a state, we should band together and support the highest quality educational options possible for every student. Read more »
February 2, 2016
House Speaker Robert DeLeo doubled down on the benefits of charter schools last week, and frankly that’s a beautiful thing for the thousands of parents and students who are tired of being on waiting lists for the school of their choice. Read more »
January 12, 2016
The State of the Union is a President’s wish list, a manifesto, and an opportunity to lay the gauntlet down for upcoming policy and budget negotiations. The President must outline how he plans to achieve unfinished business, and establish what his legacy will mean to our nation. When President Obama takes the podium on Tuesday, […] Read more »
January 11, 2016
by Jeanne Allen National Review January 11, 2016 In the past 40 years, labor unions have taken their place among the biggest power brokers on all social-policy issues concerning the education of our youth. While the unions’ involvement was once intricately linked to teacher professionalism and school success, today they are focused almost entirely on […] Read more »
January 11, 2016
Each year we’ve hoped the President’s State of the Union Address gives attention to issues and ideas that can create substantive change for schools and students across the country. While there have been some bright moments, each year what needs to be addressed continues to garner less concern than due- real, proven and effective approaches to […] Read more »
January 4, 2016
I don’t want to be forced to pay for a political agenda I don’t support. Now the Supreme Court will rule. By Harlan Elrich Wall Street JournalOpinion January 3, 2016 I am one of 10 California teachers suing to end compulsory union dues in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will be heard by the […] Read more »
December 28, 2015
A case study in how unions undermine teacher accountability. Wall Street Journal December 27, 2015 The latest federal education reform sends more power back to states and local districts, but that poses risks to the extent they are captured by teachers unions. Witness New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is retreating on teacher accountability. In […] Read more »
December 15, 2015
What does Nero have to do with education reform? Well to start with, it’s likely that fewer than 30 percent of students, let alone adults in the nation, would know precisely from where that infamous phrase comes. In fact, ongoing NAEP tests in history and civics reveal inch-deep knowledge of world events and even literary […] Read more »
December 14, 2015
by Rasheedah Dollar The 74 Million December 13, 2015 Monday, parents from across New Jersey will be converging on the state capitol in Trenton. Our mission: To support our state legislators, regarding the future of our education system. … Now that I am a parent, it is so hard to watch my own children addresses […] Read more »