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  • New Report Introduces Three Innovative Parent Tools to Optimize Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) image

    New Report Introduces Three Innovative Parent Tools to Optimize Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

    Arlington, VA (May 18, 2016)— Three tools– peer reviews, branding, and consumer reports—are resources parents can use to optimize ESAs, according to a new report released by the American Legislative…

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    The 21st Century Education Savings Accounts

    School choice programs, from charter schools to voucher and tax credit scholarship programs, enjoy bipartisan support and are growing quickly across a majority of states. However, not all school choice…

  • Three Things You Need to Know about Transparency in Higher Education image

    Three Things You Need to Know about Transparency in Higher Education

    Sunshine Week provides an ideal opportunity to call for transparency in a sector that rarely demonstrates any: higher education.  Transparency is essential to harnessing consumer choice to reduce costs and…

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    Prison Programming with Education Focus Reduces Recidivism

    For every dollar invested in a prison education program it will ultimately save taxpayers between $4 and $5 in reincarceration costs. The relative price of educating prisoners is negligible in relation to the annual cost of incarceration.

  • Education and Workforce Director Testifies in Missouri about Education Savings Accounts image

    Education and Workforce Director Testifies in Missouri about Education Savings Accounts

    Putting parents back in charge of the direction of their children’s educations allows parents not only to send their students to the schools – public or private – that work best for them, but to actually design customized and flexible education experiences, including tuition, online classes, curricula, textbooks and workbooks, tutoring, and special education therapies, that are as varied as the children themselves. Instead of feeding a child into a system that must, necessarily, be designed around the “average” student, through an ESA program, parents can and have constructed individualized education pathways for their children which capitalize on their unique strengths and shore up their particular weaknesses. But although they are cutting-edge, ESAs are not brand-new or unstudied. As of today, five states – Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nevada – have passed education savings account programs. If 2011 was labeled the “Year of School Choice”[i] by the Wall Street Journal, 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Education Savings Accounts.”

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    Oklahoma students deserve education savings accounts

    Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address included a call for innovative options in education, including education savings accounts, a program that the Legislature has attempted to…

  • Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils Act image

    Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils Act

    Section 1. {Title} Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils Section 2. {Basic elements of the Act} Upon adoption of this subdivision in a school district, a pupil…

  • ALEC Model Resolution on Continuing Education on Federalism image

    ALEC Model Resolution on Continuing Education on Federalism

    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of [INSERT STATE] that a course on federalism is required as a condition of continued employment for every employee of the…

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    Higher Education Transparency Act

    AN ACT relating to requiring a public institution of higher education to establish uniform standards to make certain information available on the Internet. Be it enacted by the…

  • Feltscher to Breitbart: Choice for All Students is the Future of American Education image

    Feltscher to Breitbart: Choice for All Students is the Future of American Education

    Late last week, and just in time for School Choice Week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a universal education savings account (ESA) bill for all of the District…

  • Feltscher Gives Interview on Education Policy at ALEC Winter Meeting image

    Feltscher Gives Interview on Education Policy at ALEC Winter Meeting

    At the 2015 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summity in Scottsdale, Arizona, ALEC Education and Workforce Director Inez Feltscher chatted with Trent England on MiddleGround Radio on AM 1640 in…

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    Education

    An excellent education has long been recognized as key to the American Dream. Unfortunately, the current monopolistic and expensive K-12 education system is failing our students, leaving them unprepared for…

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    Education and Workforce Development

    The mission of the ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force is to promote excellence in the nation’s educational system, to advance reforms through parental choice, to support efficiency, accountability,…

  • Report Card on American Education: State Education Rankings image

    Report Card on American Education: State Education Rankings

    Education Report Card By Dr. Matthew Ladner The 20th edition of the Report Card on American Education is a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income…

  • NAEP Scores Disappoint: American Public Education’s Expensive Regress image

    NAEP Scores Disappoint: American Public Education’s Expensive Regress

    Students have become less proficient in math and reading, according to government data recently released. For the first time in 25 years, fourth-grade math and reading scores along with eighth-grade…

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    Internet Essentials Program Benefits American Education

    ALEC lauds the benefits of digital learning in American education, such as customized learning programs for struggling students and more time for “higher-level discussions.” Additionally, technology in the classroom…

  • High Stakes Rules For Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts image

    High Stakes Rules For Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts

    This post was written by Jonathan Butcher, who is education director at the Goldwater Institute and senior fellow at the Beacon Center. For 17 years, Fit Learning in…

  • Nevada: Setting New Precedents in Education Choice image

    Nevada: Setting New Precedents in Education Choice

    Nevada has become the first state in the nation to provide parents uncompromised educational freedom through the passage of Universal Education Savings Accounts (ESA). Nevada’s Senate Bill 302…

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    Higher Education and Private Sector Investment

    The following article by Jonathan Butcher first appeared at See Thru EDU, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Last month, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured students…

  • Indiana Leads the Way in STEM Education image

    Indiana Leads the Way in STEM Education

    March 14 was Albert Einstein’s birthday, a scientific legend known worldwide whose name has become synonymous with the word ‘genius.’ How many Einsteins are growing up in America’s public…