The State of Iowa’s application for a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant opens up Iowa to Federal involvement in early childhood education.
Race to the Top
Over 120 children’s book authors and illustrators signed a letter calling on President Obama to curb policies that promote excessive standardized testing.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a Pioneer Institute/American Principles Project white paper criticized the federal coercision present with the Common Core.
Senator Chuck Grassley is asking his colleagues to sign onto a letter that requests future federal funds for the Common Core and its assessments be cut off.
President Obama’s State of the Union address previewed futher federal reach into early childhood education, STEM Initiatives, and standards.
Many call for increasing education spending. Lindsey Burke in a report written this fall shows that the spending we do on education has been ineffective.
After pretty much wrapping up the GOP nomination Mitt Romney rolled out his education plan late last month. The topic has largely been ignored throughout the campaign (unless I was asking the question of Presidential candidates when they came through Iowa). Life has prevented me from reading his plan until now. I wanted to give […]
By Maggie Gallagher Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top which pushed the Common Core standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum. On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a “watch and wait” attitude: “If this […]
State Senator Mike Fair (R-Greenville) in an op/ed for the Greenville News yesterday wrote: The Legislature never had a chance to review Common Core because the feds timed their deadlines for adopting them to fall when the Legislature wasn’t in session. So, to qualify for a shot at Race to the Top money in 2010, […]
Cost far exceeds sums doled out in federal grants used to persuade states to adopt BOSTON/WASHINGTON, D.C./SAN FRANCISCO – Aligning state and local educational systems to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math will cost the 45 states plus the District of Columbia that have adopted them nearly $16 billion over […]
BOSTON, MA —Despite three federal laws that prohibit federal departments or agencies from directing, supervising or controlling elementary and secondary school curricula, programs of instruction and instructional materials, the U.S. Department of Education (“Department”) has placed the nation on the road to a national curriculum, according to a new report written by a former general […]
By Ben Velderman It seems that most states are looking to reform their K-12 public education system, either out of necessity – lack of money, low student achievement – or on the principle that families should have the right to choose their child’s education. South Carolina is no different. During the current legislative session, state […]
By Ethan Ware Take your pick on when it started, but federal control continues to bleed into state and local affairs in direct contradiction with the Constitution. Some examples are obvious and others more nuanced, but together they are diluting the federalist model by breaking down the checks and balances our nation’s founders set up […]
The Senate level-funded almost all of the education funding. The House increased funding for Title I and Special education, but eliminated 31 other programs including Race to the Top. The compromise spending bill was recently passed by the House, 296-121 this would fund several government programs until September 30, 2012. The Senate is expected to […]
Former Senator Rick Santorum met me at Baby Boomers Café in the East Village area of Des Moines, IA on Monday to discuss his character, convictions, values and thoughts on a variety of issues that have been present in this campaign. We discussed the toll campaigning has taken on his family and how he protects […]