STUDY: ‘Massive’ grade inflation in New York City schools

By Heartland Institute on Thursday, December 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – Grade inflation is rampant in New York City’s (NYC) public schools, reports a new study by StudentsFirstNY. Even though most NYC public school students are failing state tests, they are receiving passing grades for coursework at their schools, according to the authors of “The Hidden Truth: Massive Grade Inflation Conceals Underperformance in […]

Report: Excessive regulations hamper charter school progress

By Heartland Institute on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 in School Choice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Charter schools across the nation are increasingly subject to the same kinds of excessive regulations that have suppressed student achievement in the nation’s traditional public schools, according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Leading scholars blast U.S. History rewrite

By Heartland Institute on Friday, June 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized

CHICAGO – Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the College Board’s revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of the nation’s brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take.

Florida officials work to reduce testing

By Heartland Institute on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has issued an executive order that suspends one test in his state’s schools for 11th grade students and called for legislation to review and reduce other testing.

Education Savings Accounts catching on in additional states

By Heartland Institute on Monday, March 16th, 2015 in School Choice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Education Savings Accounts were first approved in Arizona in 2012 as a statewide reform. An ESA program underwent a fast implementation process in Florida in 2014, where this year 1,600 students received funds.

Feds pressure Chicago schools to administer PARCC tests

By Heartland Institute on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 in Common Core

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials announced they will administer the Common Core-aligned tests to all students, after attempting to limit the tests to a small group of students for the first year of testing.

Bobby Jindal speaks against Common Core at CPAC

By Heartland Institute on Friday, February 27th, 2015 in Common Core

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told a crowd of his constituents at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) what he believes their priorities should be going forward. Repealing Common Core Standards was among his desired goals for America.

Former teachers union lobbyist embraces school choice for his daughter

By Heartland Institute on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 in School Choice

RALEIGH – Brian Lewis used to fight school vouchers. He was the chief lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state teachers union. Vouchers threaten teachers unions’ power by diffusing children and education authority more broadly among parents and schools.