Iowa House Passes Review Process for Academic Standards


(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House yesterday afternoon passed HF 2439 in bipartisan fashion 96-0.  The bill is the successor to HSB 592 and was authored by State Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) who chairs the House Education Committee.  “What this bill does is that it assures us that we have a transparent and open […]

Iowa Races to the Early Childhood Trough


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.

Grassley Launches Effort to Prohibit Common Core Funding


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.

Grading Mitt Romney’s Education Plan


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 […]

Sarah Palin Was a Prophet About Obama’s Education Takeover


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 […]

Common Core State Standards Estimated Cost is $16 Billion for States

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 […]

Is The U.S. Dept. of Education Violating Federal Law by Directing Standards, Tests & Curricula?

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 […]

Mick Zais Battles “Education Industrial Complex” over K-12 Reforms


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 […]

SC General Assembly Needs to Magnify the Constitutional Line Between the Feds and the 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 […]

Republican House Approves Department of Education’s End Around of State Legislatures

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 […]