Tag Archive: Education

  • More States Join the School Choice Movement

    Alabama and Montana passed historic school choice legislation this legislative session, giving parents more options in choosing the best atmosphere for the education of their children. Finally, Alabama and Montana join more than 40 states in the movement for school choice and educational freedom, demonstrating that Americans want school choice. … »

  • Magnet Schools Drawing More Attention

    and | April 24, 2015 | Add a comment

    While the term “school choice” is often perceived as a decision between public and private institutions, magnet schools offer an opportunity to introduce another option for parents and families within their public school district. With almost 3,000 magnet schools nationwide in 2012, the trend embracing more public school choice continues … »

  • Teacher Evaluations Back in the News

    and | April 9, 2015 | Add a comment

    The ability to recruit and retain effective, quality teachers is one of the most crucial elements of education reform and improved student achievement. Excellent educators should be recognized for their unparalleled ability to reach students and change lives. Likewise, those teachers deemed less effective by regular, data-driven evaluations should be … »

  • Homeschooling Continues to Grow

    | March 31, 2015 | Add a comment

    According to the latest data available, approximately 1.7 million students are homeschooled in the United States, or 3.4 percent of the total schooling population. Interestingly, the number of Hispanic families choosing to homeschool their children grew to 15 percent from 9.8 percent in 2007. Also, when asked the most important … »

  • Indiana Leads the Way in STEM Education

    | March 23, 2015 | Add a comment

    March 14 was Albert Einstein’s birthday, a scientific legend known worldwide whose name has become synonymous with the word ‘genius.’ How many Einsteins are growing up in America’s public schools today but are hindered from reaching their full potential due to poor education policy? Today, some states are leading the … »

  • The Past, Present and Future of the Common Core Part 3

    | March 2, 2015 | Add a comment

    ‘The Future of Common Core’ In January, the Task Force on Education conducted a three-part webinar series, The Past, Present and Future of Common Core. The webinars provided an informational forum to learn more about common core in a neutral environment. The final installment of the webinar series focused on … »

  • The Past, Present and Future of Common Core Part 2

    | February 23, 2015 | Add a comment

      In January, the Task Force on Education conducted a three-part series, “The Past, Present and Future of Common Core.” This three-part series was designed to serve as an informational forum to learn more about common core in a neutral environment. Part two focused on the present position of Common … »

  • The Past, Present and Future of Common Core Part 1

    | February 19, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Past of Common Core: A Timeline (Watch part two here) Education policy is taking top priority in state legislatures across the nation. Education funding formulas, opportunity scholarships, educational savings accounts and charter school reforms are just a few of the policy issues being discussed and debated. However, while all … »

  • Guest post: Crafting strong educational policies while protecting student data

    | February 11, 2015 | Add a comment

    By: Mary Gifford, Senior Vice President of Academic Policy and External Relations, K12 In September 2013, Oklahoma passed a bill safeguarding student data, and since then, student and family data privacy issues have received greater attention in state houses, largely because of increased data collection requirements and availability of data. … »

  • States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    | February 2, 2015 | Add a comment

    This appeared on RedState.com January 30, 2015. State lawmakers will surely haggle over education policy this legislative session, but hopefully they will remember the purpose of any education system during their battle over budgets: excellence in education and an equal opportunity for every child to succeed. The term “education reform” … »