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Reevaluating the President’s Push for Pre-K

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama proposed “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.” This additional preschool access would, of course, be funded through federal and state coffers. President Obama is headed to Georgia today to “formally unveil his proposal for expanding early childhood education,” reports the Washington Post. Continue reading

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Perverse Welfare Incentives

What if you had to choose between your child learning to read and making ends meet each month? Before child labor laws were passed, the solution for the poor seemed to be to pull kids out of schools and place them to work in factories or other employment. For some today, argues Nicholas D. Kristof in a recent column, the solution may be to make sure their kids don’t learn to read. That way the parents can continue to collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks. Continue reading

Behind Race-Based Education Goals

A number of states have decided to separate their education achievement goals by race as part of their No Child Left Behind waivers. The question remains whether this move marks a “realistic” approach to education, or a major step backward for education fueled by lowered expectations for racial groups. Continue reading

Graduating… Into What?

One of the major pitfalls in education policy is viewing education as intrinsically valuable in and of itself. This is like saying that a dollar is valuable for being a dollar, rather than what can be bought with said cash. A recent article by Mary Beth Marklein, with USA Today, notes that one third of millennials have earned a four-year degree. This is “up from 28% in 2001 and 2006 and 17% in 1971,” according to U.S. Census data, she reports. Continue reading

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