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Colorado Teachers, Parents, and Students Deserve Teacher Hiring Practices Based on Mutual Consent.
Bill would destroy private preschool market, cut school choice, and expand teachers' unionsFebruary 3, 2014
Forget California's $30 billion "wall of debt," hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded pension and retiree health care liabilities, and the state's 8.3 percent unemployment rate. Of all the issues confronting California, state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, believes his highest priority is to create "transitional kindergarten," a pre-kindergarten grade level for 4-year-olds.The bill is really a back-door route toward taxpayer-funded universal preschool that would soon cost California taxpayers at least $1 billion per year, destroy the diverse private preschool market, strip parents of school choices and jeopardize the jobs of many low- and middle-income workers in the child-care industry.
How governments and agencies are using market-based policies to improve services, become more efficient and reduce costsJanuary 27, 2014
Edited by Reason Foundation's Leonard Gilroy, the Innovators in Action 2014 series profiles a range of innovators who have demonstrated leadership through action on privatization, competition, government re-invention and other market-based policy reforms designed to reduce the costs of government and deliver more value to taxpayers. Innovator interviews or self-penned articles will be added on a monthly basis throughout the year, so be sure to check back frequently for new content.
New, costly education standards restrict choice and innovationDecember 26, 2013
California is making an expensive gamble that Common Core standards, which are described as a “single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English Language Arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt,” will actually improve student achievement. The Boston-based Pioneer Institute estimates the total cost of Common Core will be more than $16 billion over seven years. In 2013 alone, the California Legislature has already appropriated $1.25 billion for Common Core implementation.
The Legislature has also voted to end the current state testing system. Parents, taxpayers and policymakers will not have meaningful information about school or student performance until at least the end of 2015. Even then, it will never be comparable to the STAR testing system that has been in place for the last 15 years, which will make it very difficult to determine if California's students are performing better or worse under Common Core.
In Reason Foundation’s recently published Weighted Student Formula Yearbook 2013, Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) district received an overall “F” grade and ranked last among the school districts highlighted in the report. But the poor grade in the Yearbook – which measures student academic outcomes and implementation of each district’s student-based budgeting policy – does not mean that the district hasn’t made notable gains over the past few years.
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- A Private Model for Learning
A. Barton Hinkle
March 3rd, 2014
- De Blasio Finds New Way to Screw Over New York City Minorities
March 3rd, 2014
- Coding Boot Camps Can Get Students Jobs; CA is Busting Them (Nanny of the Month, February 2014)
March 3rd, 2014
- Is U.S. Economic Stagnation Inevitable?
February 28th, 2014
- A Shocking Number of States Still Allow Public School Teachers to Spank Students
February 27th, 2014
- American Flag Ruled a Disruptive School Influence
February 27th, 2014
- Facebook's Next Goal: Bring (Almost) Free, High Quality Education to Rwanda
February 25th, 2014
- Online Higher Education Retools
February 24th, 2014
- Common Core Supporter Engages Imaginary Criticisms; Next Step: Real Opponents
February 21st, 2014
- Bizarre H.S. Biology Lesson Teaches Promiscuity, Fails at Blood-Typing
February 19th, 2014
- Testing Her Patience
February 11th, 2014
- Is Matt Damon Right That Tenure is Vital for K-12 Teachers?
February 8th, 2014
- The Future of School Choice in America with Lisa Snell, Andrew Campanella, Lisa Keegan, Lance Izumi, and Larry Sand
February 7th, 2014
- The Revolution in School Choice and Student-Based Funding
February 6th, 2014
- Hey! Kids! Leave Those Teachers Alone!
February 5th, 2014
- Anything Not Permitted Is Forbidden: Code Camp Edition
January 31st, 2014
- State Department Bans Coursera From Educating Underprivileged Foreigners
January 30th, 2014
- Obama Should Shut Up About Race to the Top Already
January 29th, 2014
- Schooling for Troubled Kids, from the Libertarian Tradition
January 27th, 2014
- Is New Jersey's Charter School Movement Faltering?
January 24th, 2014
- How Candy Snorting Went From a Joke to an Epidemic (Yet Remained a Joke)
January 23rd, 2014
- Rolling Back Zero Tolerance: Oklahoma Edition
January 16th, 2014
- Obama Administration Targets School ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policies – Mostly Because They’re Racist, Not Because They’re Stupid and Terrible
January 9th, 2014
- Instapundit: Consider Alternative Schooling
January 6th, 2014
- Teachers Tested
December 31st, 2013
- Colorado Teachers, Parents, and Students Deserve Teacher Hiring Practices Based on Mutual Consent (2/6)
- California Tries Backdoor Route to Universal Preschool (2/3)
- Innovators in Action 2014 (1/27)
- Common Core Is No Silver Bullet for California (12/26)
- Baltimore City School District Has Come a Long Way since 2007, but There's Still Work to Be Done (12/11)