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Anderson, Ryan T.; Wood, Melody – Heritage Foundation, 2017
For most Americans, concerns related to students who identify as transgender are a new reality. The Obama Administration's response to this new reality was an unlawful attempt to force a one-size-fits-all policy on the entire nation rather than allow parents, teachers, and local schools the time, space, and flexibility to find solutions that would…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Sexual Identity, Government Role, Public Policy
Burke, Lindsey M.; Muhlhausen, David B. – Heritage Foundation, 2013
In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
Richwine, Jason; Biggs, Andrew G. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
A November 2011 Heritage Foundation report--"Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers"--presented data on teacher salaries and benefits in order to inform debates about teacher compensation reform. The report concluded that public-school teacher compensation is far ahead of what comparable private-sector workers enjoy, and that…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Effectiveness, Retirement Benefits
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
On its 10-year anniversary, there is consensus that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is broken. The debate over how to reform NCLB has generated a number of proposals from both houses of Congress and the Obama Administration, but ideas about how to rewrite the law differ greatly. In early 2012, the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Accountability, School Policy, Success
Butler, Stuart M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
President Obama is right to draw attention to the soaring cost of a college education in America. However, his proposed solution will not only fail to fix the problem but is also likely to compound it by blunting the competition that is needed to shake up the world of higher education. President Obama proposes to slow tuition growth by…
Descriptors: Higher Education, State Universities, Private Colleges, Finance Reform
Richwine, Jason – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Despite ongoing debates over the adequacy of teacher compensation, the design of merit pay systems, and the structure of pension benefits, there is broad agreement that teacher pay should be designed to recruit--and retain--the highest-quality teachers in a cost-effective manner. Policymakers should avoid across-the-board pay increases, and focus…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Merit Pay, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness
Burke, Lindsey M.; Sheffield, Rachel – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Coverdell education savings accounts (ESAs), created through the federal tax code, allow families to save money tax-free for K-12 and higher education expenses. Lifting the cap on contributions to Coverdell accounts would provide greater access to school choice options by allowing families to invest more money in their children's education.…
Descriptors: Expenditures, Elementary Secondary Education, Tax Credits, School Choice
Burke, Lindsey M.; Butler, Stuart M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
America's higher education system is in dire need of reform. The average college student leaves school with more than $23,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. Furthermore, too many students are leaving college without the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. And yet, despite the dire…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Practices, Student Loan Programs, Federal Aid
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
Stotsky, Sandra – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Since coming to office, the Obama Administration has been intent on standardizing what is taught at each grade level in all of the nation's schools. It has used its flagship "Race to the Top" competitive grant program to entice states to adopt the K-12 standards developed by a joint project of the National Governors Association (NGA) and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Quality, College Readiness, State Standards
McKeown, Karen D. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
With the tuition cost of traditional colleges and universities soaring and education technology advancing, online courses and degree programs are becoming more common. Some critics argue that an online degree cannot provide all the important features of a traditional college education, from extracurricular activities to new professional networks,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Web Based Instruction, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
Burke, Lindsey M. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
For four and a half decades, the federal role in education has been growing. Costly in terms of taxpayer dollars spent and local control of education lost, this expanding federal control has failed to improve outcomes for America's children. National standards will further expand Washington's role--and will remove parents from decisions about the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, State Standards, Federal Regulation, National Standards
Burke, Lindsey M.; Sheffield, Rachel – Heritage Foundation, 2012
President Obama's FY 2013 budget request includes another major spending increase for the Department of Education--2.5 percent more than last year--to nearly $70 billion. American taxpayers are calling for spending restraint in Washington, yet President Obama's proposals would exacerbate the existing bureaucratic maze of federal programs and…
Descriptors: Federal Regulation, Budgets, Federal Programs, Outcomes of Education
Mattox, William R., Jr. – Heritage Foundation, 2012
Most parents want two things: (1) to protect their children from being immersed in a school culture that is at odds with their family culture or philosophical world view and (2) for their children to be sufficiently exposed to people who are different from them that they will be well prepared for success and influence in the real world.…
Descriptors: School Culture, Blended Learning, Online Courses, Home Schooling
Burke, Lindsey M.; Sheffield, Rachel – Heritage Foundation, 2011
2011 has been a milestone year for school choice, setting the bar high for state legislatures across the country to increase families' educational options. What began with a crucial re-authorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program continued with 12 states creating or expanding school choice options. The movement toward educational…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Opportunities, Scholarships, Public Education
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