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October 09, 2013

The DOJ's Attack on Vouchers

Obama held out the promise of a post-racial, post-partisan presidency. He would not reflexively dismiss vouchers or play interest-group politics. Five years on, things have changed. Last month, Obama's Department of Justice filed suit to halt the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

May 15, 2013

The IRS, DOJ Wiretaps, Benghazi, Alms for Sebelius... and Ed Reform

Second terms are notoriously brutal. Clinton and Lewinsky. Reagan and Iran-Contra. Nixon and Watergate. Bush 43 and New Orleans, the Iraqi insurgency, financial meltdown, and everything else. It didn't take long for Obama to join the club. His Attorney General has been nailed for wiretapping ...

January 18, 2013

Obama's School Safety Proposals Could Undermine Instruction

It's vital, in responding to a tragedy that may strike a single one of our 100,000 schools perhaps twice a decade, that we maintain a sense of proportion when devising broad new directives for school practices, spending, or how educators use their time.

May 16, 2012

How Romney Should Grade Obama on Education

Given concerns about the economy, jobs, and health care, education policy isn't likely to be a make-or-break issue in November's presidential election. But it matters a great deal, nonetheless. As was the case for George W. Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008, Mitt Romney's stance on education wi...

January 26, 2011

A Glass Half-Full SOTU

President Obama's State of the Union remarks on education were thematic and clichéd, but his themes were admirable and his clichés were sensible. This made sense in a speech which proclaimed "the future is ours to win." Moreover, in a pleasant surprise, his bracing words were unencumbered by call...

November 08, 2010

Obama's Olive Branch to GOP: If You Ever Have an Idea, Let Me Know

So the 2010 election is in the books. There were historic Republican gains in the state legislatures, governorships, and the House. The GOP picked up more than 675 seats in state legislatures and won control of 19 legislative chambers. Tuesday saw more modest gains in the Senate, where Republicans...

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