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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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- Coding Boot Camps Can Get Students Jobs; CA is Busting Them (Nanny of the Month, February 2014)
March 3rd, 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
- Is New Jersey's Charter School Movement Faltering?
January 24th, 2014
- Mike Rowe on Taxpayer-Supported College Loans
December 14th, 2013
- How Football Fleeces Taxpayers: Gregg Easterbrook on The King of Sports
December 2nd, 2013
- Folk High Schools, Adult Education, and the Philosophy of Nikolaj Grundtvig
October 9th, 2013
- "Father of Video Games" Nolan Bushnell on Learning through Gaming
June 17th, 2013
- Matt Welch Discusses Public Education, Sequester Cuts, & Gun Control w/ Melissa Harris-Perry
April 19th, 2013
- How the Anti-Bully Movement is Hurting Kids: An Interview with Bully Nation's Susan Porter
April 10th, 2013
- Can Computers Replace Teachers?: Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward
April 6th, 2013
- Is Homeschooling a Universal Human Right?
March 11th, 2013
- Loving Hayek and Partying with Milk: Q&A with Dorian Electra
February 24th, 2013
- Cutting Back City Hall: Reason Foundation's Adrian Moore and Julian Morris
February 23rd, 2013
- School Choice with Reason's Lisa Snell
February 10th, 2013
- National School Choice Week Lights Up Chicago
February 2nd, 2013
- Gov. Scott Walker Welcomes National School Choice Week to Wisconsin
January 31st, 2013
- Jonas Brothers Headline National School Choice Week 2013
January 28th, 2013
- National School Choice Week 2013 Kicks Off in Los Angeles
January 26th, 2013
- Andrew Campanella on National School Choice Week 2013
January 25th, 2013
- Censorship and "Unlearning Liberty" at College: Q&A with FIRE's Greg Lukianoff
December 6th, 2012
- Ladies, We're Screwed: Why Obama's Re-election is Bad for Choice
November 14th, 2012
- Khan Academy Founder Talks Radical Education Reform and The One World Schoolhouse
November 9th, 2012
- Liberty Fund's Chris Talley on Freedom, Dialogue, and Ama-gi Tattoos
October 23rd, 2012
- Reason-Rupe Poll on Fixing California, Prop 30, and Rolling Back State Spending
October 20th, 2012
- 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)