I realize this is old news, but I'm reading the School Reform News article about this March 16 vote and just getting really frustrated! President Obama has made so many promises that he seems to have had no intention of keeping, yet the lamestream media allows him to get away with it.
In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released a report titled “A Nation at Risk” that documented nationwide failure in American schools. Not much has changed since then and the federal takeover of school curriculums and testing methods has mercilessly continued with the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind and the Obama administration’s Race to the Top.
They are the top-down approaches to learning that have played a large part in… Continue
A few days ago on Tuesday, September 4, a vast majority of American students have returned back to school to begin a new school year, even as a major city, Chicago, is on the verge of a teacher strike.
In reflecting upon the start of the school year, The Heritage Foundation posted a timely article by Amy Payne in its Morning Bell presentation for Tuesday, September 4th: "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of a New School Year". …
There is a very simple (and less expensive) way to fix the education system in America. Simply have all the money follow the child.
1. Let each state decide its standards, and fund every child equally ($6-7K for K-8, and $10K for HS) through a scholarship. Any school that meets a certain pass rate on those standards can redeem scholarships.
2. Convert every existing public school to an independent [501(c)3] Charter school run…
When addressing the American people, or assemblies of teachers and their unions, President Obama is correct in his rhetoric that education may be the largest expense of state and local governments, but, as Obama has proposed in his 2013 budget, is there a need for even more money to be allocated?
As Obama related on July 28, 2011: "A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not…
On Monday North Carolina's education statistic bureaucrats sounded the alarm that homeschooling in the state has more than doubled during the last 10 years. The reaction from one Raleigh-area public school advocate, Ann Denlinger, is telling: "We need to approach public schools as a competitive…
Bruno Behrend, Director, Center for School Reform at The Heartland Institute, was the featured guest at the April 15th meeting of the Republican Assembly of Lake County, Ray True, Chairman, at the Comfort Inn in Mundelein.
His was a timely discussion of Education Reform in IL, as it coincided with news reports outlining a proposed "landmark education reform deal" by IL legislators to curb tenure, layoffs by seniority, and…
Bill McGurn's column in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday takes aim not at the Illinois Democrats who voted last week against a pilot voucher program for children in Chicago's worst schools -- that many Democrats still put the teachers union's interest over the public's interest in providing an excellent education can… Continue
Added by Ben Boychuk on May 11, 2010 at 9:43am —
In Part one posted on Thursday, August 30 -- The IEA continues to hold hostage with a heavy hammer -- addressed was the influence of the Illinois Eduction Association (IEA) in regard to contract negotiations which have broken down between my own District 115 board and high school teachers.
What has certainly slipped under the radar is an awareness that many school districts in Illinois have signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiatives, with its promises to…
The House of Representatives interrupted its summer break Tuesday to vote on the $26 billion Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act. The House approved the controversial bill, 247-161, mostly along party lines. President Obama signed it immediately.
This gift to the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers was expected, unfortunately. The U.S. Senate passed the bill last week, after Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe (R) and Susan Collins (R) broke with…
A standardized national curriculum wouldn’t make California’s kids smarter or well equipped to compete in the global economy, or even better citizens. But a national, one-size-fits-all curriculum would be highly political, beset by special interest lobbying, and almost certainly diluted by teachers unions and education bureaucrats unaccountable to parents and voters.
Yet President Barack Obama,
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, 48 governors – including Arnold = Schwarzenegger – and a… Continue
Added by Freedom Pub on March 18, 2010 at 10:30am —