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Ladner, Matthew; Burke, Lindsey; Gardiner, Nile – Heritage Foundation, 2020
Freed of the shackles of the EU, Brexit offers a valuable window of opportunity for the United Kingdom, America's closest friend and ally, to reassess and rethink existing policy in a whole range of areas, from defense and foreign policy to immigration and cybersecurity. Brexit offers tremendous opportunities for innovation not only in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Innovation
Butcher, Jonathan; Schwalbach, Jude – Heritage Foundation, 2020
Research has demonstrated that federal Head Start centers, which provide preschool care to children from low-income families, have little or no long-term academic value for children. This "Backgrounder" adds to the evidence that Head Start has failed to achieve its objectives and should be sunset, not expanded, by demonstrating a…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Preschool Education, Low Income Groups, Program Effectiveness
Burke, Lindsey M.; Butcher, Jonathan – Heritage Foundation, 2020
Forty years after its opening, Americans must reconsider the efficacy of a federal, Cabinet-level Department of Education. Rescinding agency status, eliminating duplicative, ineffective, and inappropriate programs, and re-organizing remaining programs under a restored Office of Education within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Public Agencies, Education, Politics of Education
Schwalbach, Jude – Heritage Foundation, 2020
Military families make tremendous sacrifices--which too often include having to send their children to inadequate schools due to a lack of education options. Most military children have to attend the public school that is physically closest to their parents' assigned base, whether the school is good and safe or not. The federal government has a…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Money Management, Investment, Educational Finance
Butcher, Jonathan – Heritage Foundation, 2020
Nearly every economic indicator, from the stock market to unemployment and beyond, suggests that a global financial crisis is imminent. While an economic downturn may affect every parent, family, and taxpayer, education special-interest groups are demanding that Washington bail them out now, regardless of future tax or spending implications. These…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Finance Reform
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is acutely affecting the delivery of K-12 education. As of March 19, 2020, 44 states had closed 104,000 schools, affecting nearly 48 million students, turning millions of families into accidental homeschoolers. This homeschooling trial by fire for families across the United States has hastened the need for district, state,…
Descriptors: Money Management, Elementary Secondary Education, Access to Education, Home Schooling
Butcher, Jonathan – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The White House released an executive order to protect free speech on college campuses, appropriately highlighting the issue of ongoing threats to expression in the ivory tower. The President and his Administration exercised restraint with this order by directing federal agencies to stay within the bounds of existing law as the agencies implement…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, College Students, College Environment, Higher Education
Butcher, Jonathan; Menon, Vijay – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The National School Lunch Program's (NSLP) original goal was to help students in need, but policy changes in the past decade have made students from middle-income and upper-income families eligible for federally funded school meals. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an expansion of the NSLP enacted in 2010, effectively created a federal…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Student Needs, Low Income Students, Educational Policy
Burke, Lindsey M.; Michel, Adam N. – Heritage Foundation, 2019
In March 2019, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a proposal to establish a new, nationwide federal tax-credit scholarship program. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) introduced a companion proposal in the House. Although Congress' support of school choice is praiseworthy, a federal tax-credit scholarship program poses a threat to education…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, Scholarships, School Choice, Elementary Secondary Education
Jones, Andrea; Kao, Emilie – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The Equality Act would extend Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) as protected classes leading to potential changes to curricula in public schools, requiring texts to affirm and promote radical views of gender and sexuality. Parents in the U.S. and around the world have successfully…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Ideology, Curriculum, Parent Rights
Butcher, Jonathan – Heritage Foundation, 2019
In 2019, Congress is considering a proposal to give children from military families more quality learning options through education savings accounts. Washington does not need new taxpayer spending to create these learning options for children in military families. Congress should repurpose existing spending from duplicative and ineffective…
Descriptors: Taxes, Military Personnel, Money Management, Federal Government
Amselem, Mary Clare – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 was meant to unlock the secret to upward economic mobility by granting more Americans the chance to obtain a college degree. Nonetheless, the originators failed to recognize how this dramatic shift in federal higher education policy would affect generations to come. Today the federal government originates or…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Policy, Educational Change, Educational Legislation
Butcher, Jonathan; Schwalbach, Jude – Heritage Foundation, 2019
Students in Puerto Rico need better education options, and the recurring problems in the government school system have made traditional public schools unreliable places for parents to send their children. While federal officials and policymakers in the commonwealth must continue to clean up waste, fraud, and abuse, they should also lift the caps…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Access to Education, Politics of Education, Low Achievement
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The higher education system in America is in need of significant reform. Twin challenges of high cost and low quality require attention from federal policymakers--who oversee tens of billions in federal aid to colleges and universities annually. In recent years, some policymakers, most notably during the Obama Administration, have singled out…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Educational Policy
Amselem, Mary Clare – Heritage Foundation, 2019
The proposed College Affordability Act calls for a massive uptick in federal spending on higher education and increased access to federal student aid (which has been shown to inflate tuition), while easing the criteria for federal loan forgiveness, leaving the bill to American taxpayers. Americans need solutions that will drive down the price of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Finance, Higher Education, Federal Aid
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