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School Choice Supporters Applaud Wisconsin Governor’s Budget

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a front-runner in the contest for the Republican nomination for president, made bold reforms of elementary, secondary, and college education a prominent part of his proposed 2015-17 budget. The budget, presented on February 3, would remove the cap on the state’s school choice program, eliminate state funding for Smarter Balanced tests tied to Common Core State Standards, and cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin over two years in exchange for...

Common Core Repeal Bill Advances in Arizona

A bill that would ban Common Core Standards in Arizona has passed through two house committee votes as of February 23. SB 2190 passed through Arizona's House Education Committee on February 18 by a 5-2 vote, and then passed the House Rules Committee by a 6-1 vote on February 23. The bill would not only remove any prior implementations of Common Core, but also prevent the state from adopting the standards in the future.  Heartland Institute Research Fellow Heather Kays testified before the...

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