New ALEC Report Card Highlights Misspending in K-12 Education

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

Its findings highlight an old fact: more spending does not translate into better outcomes for K-12 students.

States spend an average of $11,153 per pupil on education. The District of Columbia topped the list at $29,029 per student – nearly triple the national average – yet …

State Sovereignty at Its Most Basic: Control of Land

State sovereignty at its most basic is the ability of a state to control its own land. Earlier this month, 95 state and locally elected officials joined a variety of experts from 14 states in Salt Lake City to draft and ratify a statement calling for land currently held by … »

Criminalizing America – Cultivating a Felon

Hear the story of George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, was convicted and sent to prison for failure to comply with obscure laws involving his small business – selling orchids from his backyard. George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, developed a small business selling imported orchids out of his backyard … »

Cato Institute Grades Governors on their Fiscal Record

When it comes to making their state’s economy more competitive, governors have a wide variety of policy options available. But which governors have the best track record on economic growth? The Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors analyzes each governor’s fiscal policies from January 2012 to August … »

The Need for Better Stewardship over the Money Government Spends

This appeared on Governing.com on October 2, 2014. When a water main breaks in your town, what does the local government do? Other than responding to the break with the appropriate emergency services, the municipality works to replace the broken main. Companies are asked to bid for the job based … »