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Heritage Foundation, 2023
Every child deserves the right to attend a school that can best meet his or her individual learning needs. Where the child lives should not be a limiting factor, and no one school is the best fit for every child who just happens to live nearby. Education-choice policies have the potential to expand education options for students in rural areas.…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, School Choice, Educational Policy, Private Schools
Bedrick, Jason; Ladner, Matthew – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Opponents of education choice often make two arguments about its effect on rural areas: (1) education choice will not help in rural areas because there are few or no alternatives to the district school system; and (2) education choice will destroy the district school system because so many students will leave for alternative options. These two…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, School Choice, Educational Policy, Private Schools
Burke, Lindsey M.; Greszler, Rachel; Wilcox, Brad – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Pursuing new, commonsense approaches to education reform and work-family policies, from childcare and early education through higher education and workforce flexibility, will foster the conditions for family flourishing and increase birth rates for married couples. Affordable childcare from a variety of providers, including at-home options, access…
Descriptors: Birth, Marriage, Family Work Relationship, Educational Change
Paris, Benjamin; Hall, Jamie – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Many welfare programs give greater benefits to unmarried individuals than to a married couple of otherwise identical income. The resulting marriage penalty discourages marriage and rewards single parenthood. Combined marriage penalties across federal and state welfare programs can reach tens of thousands of dollars per year for a given family. One…
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Barriers, Preschool Education, Federal Aid
Butcher, Jonathan; Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2023
K-12 public education is a state responsibility and a federal interest, which means that state lawmakers have the primary responsibility for adopting and revising the laws governing public schools as well as scholarships, education savings accounts, and other private learning options. State officials also have significant authority over the laws…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Education
Cambre, Rachel Alexander – Heritage Foundation, 2023
This "First Principles" report begins with a brief assessment of the state of leisure in America today, before turning to the traditional understanding of the concept. In reconsidering the classical notion that leisure requires education, or, more radically, that the purpose of education is leisure, the report will focus especially on…
Descriptors: Leisure Education, Leisure Time, Educational Objectives, Democratic Values
Marino, Madison; Burke, Lindsey M.; Perry, Sarah Parshall – Heritage Foundation, 2023
In the fiscal year (FY) 2024 appropriations process, Congress has an opportunity to restore fiscal sanity to federal education spending. President Joe Biden launched the FY 2024 appropriations process recklessly, calling for $90 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Education, a $10.8 billion (13.6 percent) increase from FY 2023.…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Budgets, Presidents
Bedrick, Jason; Greene, Jay P.; Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2023
In the past three years, more than 20 states have enacted new education choice policies or expanded existing ones. Several more states are considering adopting policies that would allow parents to choose the learning environments that align with their values and work best for their children. However, some critics have raised concerns that school…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Tuition, School Choice, Educational Policy
Butcher, Jonathan – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Racial preferences, as practiced in academia and elsewhere, by definition, discriminates against individuals based on their race. Radical academics and writers, including the founders of critical race theory, have long supported the use of race as a predominant factor in postsecondary and graduate school admissions. If the Court rules as it should…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Court Litigation, Accreditation (Institutions), Race
Burke, Lindsey M.; Kissel, Adam; Alacbay, Armand; Beltramini, Kyle – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Higher education accreditation creates barriers to entry for innovative start-ups while being a poor gauge of program quality and student outcomes. What began as a voluntary system became a de facto requirement, with accreditors abusing their power. To harness the potential of new learning modes, policymakers should consider meaningful structural…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Quality Control
Ladner, Matthew; Bedrick, Jason – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Rural students in Arizona enjoy far more education choice options than rural students in any other state. Education has flourished in rural areas under Arizona's robust choice environment just as much as in the remainder of the state. The data could not be clearer: Rural students with expanded opportunities thrive, as do their teachers and…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, School Choice
Butcher, Jonathan; Bedrick, Jason – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Americans are dissatisfied with the public school system--and student academic outcomes have fallen to historic lows. Increasingly, state lawmakers are responding by giving parents more options for their children's education. Some of these new opportunities, such as in Arkansas and Iowa, allow every child in the state to apply. Policymakers also…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational History, School Choice, Parent Rights
Greene, Jay; Marino, Madison; Bedard, Kathrine – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Two years ago, the Heritage Foundation "Backgrounder" "Equity Elementary" (ED616087) first examined the extent to which the idea that educational institutions should have Chief Diversity Officers (CDO) had spread from higher education into public school districts. That "Backgrounder" also examined whether there was a…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Achievement Gap, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
Greene, Jay P.; Gonzalez, Mike – Heritage Foundation, 2023
Surprisingly, public universities in Virginia have larger diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) bureaucracies than taxpayer-funded universities in any other state. George Mason University, which has a reputation as a right-of-center institution, has 7.4 DEI personnel per 100 tenure-track faculty, which is the highest of any public university in…
Descriptors: State Universities, Equal Education, Diversity, Inclusion
Heritage Foundation, 2023
Although the Texas economy is racing ahead at full speed, state K-12 education has stalled. One major obstacle has been the claim by opponents of school choice in Texas that giving families more education options via education choice policies would harm or even destroy rural district schools. These concerns, even if understandable, are not based…
Descriptors: School Choice, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Rural Schools
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