Education

Teachers’ unions losing the long war over parental choice

Supporters of charter schools, homeschooling and other forms of school “choice” are so used to fighting in the trenches against the state’s muscular teachers’ unions that they often …

Another bright idea from Mitch Daniels

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels was in Washington last week to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the government of Japan at …

UC’s Napolitano digs a deeper hole

University of California President Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor and secretary of Homeland Security under Barack Obama, showed off her political skill at a joint legislative oversight hearing last …

Greenhut on ‘damning’ UC audit

R Street Western Region Director Steven Greenhut was a recent guest on the John and Ken Show on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles to discuss his piece of …

‘Damning’ audit showcases out-of-touch UC leaders

University of California students have to dig deeper to pay for tuition, thanks to a large increase approved by the Board of Regents this year. Taxpayers also are …

Napolitano deserves boot over latest UC scandal

The University of California warned Californians early this year that if tuition weren't significantly raised or public funding increased, education at the 10-campus system — with its staff …

Colleges are acting like subprime loan brokers

Rana Foroohar, in “Dangers of the college debt bubble," points out a lot of problems with the U.S. student loan program, but misses the main point: the corruption …

‘Pink slips’ evidence of a dysfunctional system

The news from the Santa Ana Unified School District board meeting should raise red flags for anyone with children in the district’s struggling school system. The board voted, …

At UC Berkeley, it pays well to worry about inequality

Former Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a public-policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has warned that “we are heading back to levels of inequality …

Charter ‘witch hunt’ does disservice to vulnerable kids

Most of us know the legend: German-born physicist Albert Einstein struggled with the regimented curriculum in his elementary school, yet later proved to be one of the world’s …

Pluto is out, Southern Ocean is in and science shouldn’t be political

My son came home from school the other day singing a jingle that included the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Arctic oceans. Strangely, I also heard him sing about …

PC segregation still on the rise

It's the start of a new school year, so it’s time to hear bizarre stories from the nation’s universities — those politically correct hothouses where seemingly intelligent people …

Ed drama; the Ocean’s Hot Dog and Brookings teacher diversity study; fish porn; Kosar signs off

I am running low on laptop battery and conveniently left my charger in Washington, D.C. So I will keep this quick. Robert J. Bellafiore takes New York City Mayor Bill …

More on school lunches; #PorgyPorn; DC teacher union heads denounce Wal-Mart for helping teachers; Feds expand educational quality through innovation partnerships

On Tuesday, I wrote about the federal school lunch program. What I did not mention was the status of the program’s reform. Legislation has moved this year to amend the program. …

HEA rulemaking; Utah loosens teaching occupational licensure; ICYMI: China and ed reform

Care about which institutions' students can get Higher Education Act grants? You know, ones like Pell grants, the Federal Pell Grant program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, …

Holt trolls Johnson on student loans; The Daily Caller trolls Michelle Obama and school lunches; Turtle porn

Maybe it's a sign the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld ticket is serious, or possibly a writer was looking for something to troll. Either way, Johnson gets assailed by Alexander …

Three cheers for school advertising

The recent State Impact piece on advertising by public schools was interesting on a couple of counts, but missed an opportunity: Schools will start soon, but where you live doesn’t necessarily …

Immigration challenges that aren’t demogoguery

Back around the turn of the century, a few of us who toil in the public-policy vineyards guessed that privacy was going to be the overwhelming pubic-policy issue …

Another revolting attack on our liberties

During a recent stroll around the west steps of the state Capitol, I eyed a group of “Yes California Independence Campaign” handing out the state flag. The flag …

Here’s how Secretary King is living up to a 50-year-old promise

From Education Post: Kevin Kosar, a fellow at a conservative think tank, wrote a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute aimed at Education Secretary John King’s proposed …

School funding is a civil right

From U.S. News: In two essays (available on Flypaper and his own blog), Kevin Kosar argues that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is an anti-poverty measure …

Debate Flares Up: Was the first federal education law a civil rights statute?

From Education Week: Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a Washington think tank that promotes free markets and limited government, says: No, it wasn't. On Monday, …

Civil rights data deluge

From Politico's Morning Education: Speaking of ESSA and civil rights: Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, made quite a splash Monday when he wrote [http://bit.ly/1UCZOCt ] in …

Secretary King is wrong: ESEA was not a civil-rights law

As Flypaper readers know all too well, newly arrived Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., is in hot water with Congress, state governors, and various school reformers. The …

Funding ideology, not research, at university labor institutes

One of the ongoing stains on the integrity of the University of California system is its publicly funded labor institutes. They are union-controlled “think tanks” that are about …

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