Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently 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. … »

At Least One More Year of Tax-Free Internet Access

Last night, the US House of Representatives passed a measure to avoid a government shutdown. The $1 trillion spending authorization bill, or continuing resolution (CR), is expected to pass this week in the Senate and fund government operations through next September in most cases. Regardless of the varying views about … »

Results of Justice Reinvestment in North Carolina is Even Better than Projected

In 2010, North Carolina faced dire projections of a rising prison population and the cost it would have to taxpayers. In response, the legislature worked with state leaders and national criminal justice stakeholders to pass comprehensive criminal justice reform, called the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA), almost unanimously. The reforms in … »

Michigan’s absurd laws criminalize the population

This article appeared on December 4, 2014. Did you know that Michigan has a higher incarceration rate than Iran, Russia and Cuba? This is partly because Michigan state law, like that of other states and the federal government, has gone overboard in criminalizing activities that are not inherently wrong. … »