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  • Left Turn: Where is Senate Democrats’ plan to stop student loan rates from doubling?
    Jun 27, 2013  - In the debate over student loan interest rates, there’s one major thing missing: Senate action. As a new video points out, the House of Representatives is the only chamber that has passed legislation to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st: The House Republican plan, which i... More
  • The Student Success Act: Reducing the Federal Footprint
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Over the last four decades, the federal government’s role in K-12 education has increased dramatically. Despite tripling federal funding since 1965, student achievement has remained flat. Meanwhile, the Department of Education currently operates more than 80 programs tied to K-12 class... More
  • The Student Success Act: Supporting Effective Teachers
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Studies have consistently shown teacher quality to be among the most influential factors in student academic achievement. Unfortunately, federal teacher policies, most notably the “Highly Qualified Teacher” mandates, value a teacher’s credentials over his or her ability to boost studen... More
  • The Student Success Act: Empowering Parents
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Any effort to provide students with a quality education must include parents. Parental involvement can help drive innovation, competition, and school improvement. However, current federal policies often ignore the important role parents play, and can stand in the way of state and local... More
  • The Student Success Act: Restoring Local Control
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Enacted under President George W. Bush's administration with the promise to focus on individual student achievement and overall school performance, No Child Left Behind was heralded as groundbreaking. But after a decade of the law, we can now clearly identify its weaknesses. The "Adequ... More
  • New Survey Latest Rebuttal to Sebelius ‘Speculation’ Theory
    Jun 19, 2013  - “Speculation.” That’s how Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described concerns about ObamaCare’s impact on workers and employers. According to the secretary, the law is still being implemented and there is nothing to fear until next year. Unfortunately, the secretary’s flawed the... More
  • H.R. 2347: Representation Fairness Restoration Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Unions have long tried to organize small groups or “units” of employees as an incremental step toward organizing an entire workplace. A standard used for decades by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) required a different approach, one that promoted unity in workplaces by includi... More
  • H.R. 2346: Secret Ballot Protection Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Under current federal labor law, workers choose whether or not to be represented by a union through a federally-supervised secret ballot election. However, workers can also organize through a ‘card check’ campaign, in which workers are asked to publicly declare their support for union ... More
  • Left Turn: President Abandons His Own Student Loan Proposal
    Jun 7, 2013  - It wasn’t long ago the president supported a permanent solution to the student loan interest rate crisis. Here is how the administration described the president’s plan in April of this year: The Administration’s FY 2014 Budget proposes to change the structure of interest rates on Federal student and... More
  • H.R. 5: The Student Success Act
    Jun 6, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind, has been due for reauthorization since 2007. Despite its best intentions, there is widespread agreement that the current law is no longer effectively serving students. No Child Left Behind’s ‘Adequate ... More
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