Education Policy

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Landmark School Choice Ruling at Supreme Court: A Win for Parents

In a major win for parents, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Carson v. Makin recently that Maine's tuition assistance program could not discriminate against parents who select private religious schools for their children. Read More ›
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primary school science experiment
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Rethinking Teacher Pay to Recruit Subject Matter Experts

Subject matter expertise is particularly valuable for teachers in technical subjects such as science and math. Unfortunately, these technical subjects are also where teacher shortages are greatest. Read More ›
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Boy student having a video call with his classmates
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The Deterioration of K-12 Education in America

Recruiting and retaining excellent teachers is hindered by a system that rewards tenure instead of performance. Despite the extreme measures of teachers’ unions to promote teacher working conditions and compensation, research reveals that right-to-work laws positively improve worker well-being. Read More ›
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Female Teacher With Two Elementary School Pupils Wearing Uniform Using Digital Tablet At Desk
Female Teacher With Two Elementary School Pupils Wearing Uniform Using Digital Tablet At Desk

Charters Are Solid Alternatives to Traditional Public Schools

House Bills 1591 and 1962 would address the two major weaknesses in Washington’s charter school laws. If passed, more charter schools could be created, and charter public schools would receive funding equal to traditional public schools. Read More ›
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Asian tourist man walking on the old and broken wood bridge
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What Will It Take to Put U.S. K-12 Education on a Better Path?

Parents want the student learning loss remedied. They are no longer satisfied with the ineffective one-size-fits-all approach. What will it take to make up for the learning loss and set the United States’ K-12 education system on a better trajectory? Read More ›
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Washington State Ferry Olympic Mountains Edmonds
Washington State Ferry Olympic Mountains Edmonds

Misguided Mandate Will Cost Washington State

Get vaccinated or get fired. This was the ultimatum issued by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in August that took effect on October 18, impacting thousands of the state’s public servants and community heroes — doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, schoolteachers, and beyond. Read More ›
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Change of job, unemployment, resigned concept.
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It’s Not Only Students Taking Flight from Public Schools

Over one and a half million students fled public K-12 schools this fall. The sharp decline in student enrollment has not been the only blow to public schools. Employee shortages in schools abound in all 50 states. Read More ›
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Senior professor teaching calculus
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Rethinking Teacher Certification to Employ K–12 Adjunct Teachers

Current teacher certification laws create a rigid and deficient process for selecting and employing teachers. Reforming teacher certification laws would provide districts with more flexibility in how they hire teachers, including employing adjunct teachers for K–12 classrooms. Read More ›
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Portrait of focused schoolgirl wearing protective face mask working at lesson in classroom, writing exercise
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The Truth about School Mask Mandates

Past generations of healthy, young Americans willingly risked their lives for our freedom. Today many people are willingly succumbing to government dictates that control their basic everyday decisions through stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, limited religious gatherings, and most recently through forced vaccinations. Read More ›
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Female nurse with mask giving vaccine to patient in clinic.
Female nurse with mask giving vaccine to patient in clinic.

Vaccine Mandates & Bribery Are Headed for K-12 Schools

Trends in higher education often trickle down to K-12 schools. The coronavirus vaccine fiat is heading toward the primary and secondary academic setting in record time. Read More ›