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  • Keeping Our Promises to Native Americans, Part I
    Nov 5, 2015  - Every year since 1994, presidents have issued proclamations designating November “National Native American Heritage Month,” a time to celebrate Native Americans for their rich culture and customs. It’s also a time to reaffirm our commitment to providing Native Americans the quality education they ne... More
  • Putting Americans Back to Work with 21st Century Skills
    Nov 4, 2015  - This week marks National Apprenticeship Week, a time for students, employees, educators, job creators, and policymakers to reflect on the critical role education and on-the-job experience play in helping Americans succeed in an increasingly competitive and evolving workforce. As conversations take p... More
  • One Step Closer to Replacing NCLB
    Jul 9, 2015  - For years, parents, teachers, and state and local leaders across the country have expressed the urgent need to replace No Child Left Behind, a well-intended but flawed law that has not delivered on its promise to improve K-12 education. Yesterday, the House answered their call to action when members... More
  • #StudentSuccessAct: Commonsense Reforms the American People Deserve
    Jul 8, 2015  - Last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan extended the administration’s intrusion into K-12 classrooms when he renewed a controversial temporary, conditional waiver scheme in several states. This is not the first time the secretary has issued waivers – bypassing Congress to dictate education po... More
  • Head Start Turns 50
    May 20, 2015  - Fifty years ago, one of the most significant early childhood education programs was signed into law: Head Start. Fast forward to 2015 and the program has helped prepare millions of children for success in school. This week's anniversary presents an opportunity to reflect on the importance of Head St... More
  • INFOGRAPHICS: Putting Parents and Education Leaders Back in Charge of K-12 Education
    May 13, 2015  - When it comes to K-12 education, Washington bureaucrats have woven a very tangled web of programs, mandates, and pet projects. Under No Child Left Behind, the Department of Education is a vast bureaucracy that: Operates more than 80 programs tied to the nation’s classrooms – the majority of which ar... More
  • Promoting Effective Teachers
    May 6, 2015  - There is more to celebrate this week than quality charter schools. With Teacher Appreciation Week upon us, men and women from across the country are also taking time to #ThankATeacher for their dedication to improving the lives of children through education. Research shows an effective teacher can d... More
  • #StudentSuccessAct Expands the Promise of America’s High-Quality Charter Schools
    May 4, 2015  - This week marks National Charter Schools Week, when parents, students, educators, advocates, and policymakers recognize the successes of the charter school movement. Twenty-three years ago, parents, teachers, and state and local leaders joined together to launch a new kind of public school – a chart... More
  • Why America’s Homeschoolers Support Reforms in #StudentSuccessAct
    Apr 24, 2015  - After decades of federal intrusion into the nation’s classrooms, it’s time for Congress to pass a law that restores parental, local, and state control over education. Will Estrada with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) describes the urgent need to replace the current education law, N... More
  • #StudentSuccessAct represents the 'epitome' of a conservative agenda
    Apr 15, 2015  - For too long, Washington has insisted more programs, mandates, and spending would fix a broken K-12 education system. While well intended, No Child Left Behind doubled-down on this flawed approach, leaving countless students trapped in failing schools. A one-size-fits-all accountability system has u... More