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Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
In August 2012, the White House released the report "Investing in Our Future: Returning Teachers to the Classroom" to bolster President Obama's call for massive new education spending. The report suggests that, absent an enormous infusion of more tax dollars, the nation's public schools will lose teachers and programs, damaging American…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Enrollment, Public Schools, Teacher Student Ratio
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2011
Across the country, states are enacting and expanding school choice options for families. This year alone, 12 states and the District of Columbia have implemented new school choice options for children or expanded existing options, leading The Wall Street Journal to label 2011 "The Year of School Choice." Among the many school choice…
Descriptors: School Choice, Private Schools, Public Schools, Tuition
Lips, Dan – Heritage Foundation, 2009
The U.S. Senate will soon render its advice and consent to the nomination of Chicago Public Schools Chief Arne Duncan to be secretary of education. The word "education" is not mentioned in the Constitution, and the federal government has historically played a limited role in funding and regulating public education across the country. The…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Early Childhood Education, Federal Legislation
Lips, Dan; Watkins, Shanea J.; Fleming, John – Heritage Foundation, 2008
Debates about how to improve public education in America often focus on whether government should spend more on education. Federal and state policymakers proposing new education programs often base their arguments on the need to provide more resources to schools to improve opportunities for students. Many Americans seem to share this view. While…
Descriptors: Expenditure per Student, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Change
Lips, Dan; Feinberg, Evan – Heritage Foundation, 2008
The Washington, D.C. school system has a long history of poor academic achievement; however, over the past decade, the District of Columbia has made strides in offering families greater choice about which schools their children attend, thanks to a strong charter school law and the federally funded D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. District…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, Charter Schools
Lips, Dan; Feinberg, Evan – Heritage Foundation, 2006
Parental choice in education is growing. A dozen states and the District of Columbia provide a variety of private school choice programs. Forty states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter schools laws. A growing body of evidence suggests that parents of students participating in school choice programs are happier with their children's…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Private Schools, Charter Schools, School Choice
Kafer, Krista – Heritage Foundation, 2005
School choice is in high demand and growing. Twenty years ago, few states had policies or programs allowing parents the freedom to make choices in their children's education. Today, 11 states and the District of Columbia have state-funded scholarship programs or provide tax relief for education expenses or contributions to scholarship funds. Most…
Descriptors: State Programs, School Choice, Magnet Schools, Home Schooling