The Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE) Act (S. 1909), is currently being reviewed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Sponsored by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 78%, the bill empowers parents to choose the educational paths that best suits their children’s needs.
The CHOICE Act also expands Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, a premier national experiment in providing school choice for underprivileged students. This program spends just under $8,500 per student— compared to almost $21,000 per student in D.C. public schools—and yields a 97 percent graduation rate, compared to a district-wide rate of only 56 percent.
Can you guess when the following statement was made and by whom?
The trouble in too many of our modern schools is that the State, being controlled so specially by the few, allows cranks and experiments to go straight to the schoolroom when they have never passed through … the private house, the church, or the marketplace.
This observation easily applies to the state of education in America in 2014, but it was actually made by G.K. Chesterton in 1910 about the state of education in England.
Clearly, President Obama is no student of Chesterton. He proposed $75 billion in spending over the next 10 years to create a new federally funded preschool initiative. Consider the billions already spent on failed federal programs like Head Start, and the idea takes on a whole new dimension of awfulness.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 78% joined the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit where he said we could get better outcomes for less money for our students.
Common Core standards are supposedly designed to engender in students things like “deeper learning” and “critical thinking” and to give teachers “fewer, clearer, higher standards” for their students. All of that sounds very nice, and there is no shortage of professors and intellectuals who give the Common Core their stamp of approval.
Yet, Common Core is failing students. A set of standards for mathematics and English language arts, Common Core fails to deliver on its promises of improving outcomes for students in these areas.
The House just passed the Student Success Act (SSA), sponsored by Reps. John Kline (R-MN) and Todd Rokita (R-IN) to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law?
The Heritage Foundation’s Lindsey Burke explains NCLB has a number of egregious flaws, some of which could be fixed with the SSA. The proposal would eliminate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, but is problematic because “this federal mandate resulted in states watering down proficiency standards to make students appear to have reached the mandated goal.