Newspaper Articles – Loren Heal

Doctors Reject Electronic Health Record Mandate

In an effort to increase the use of electronic health records by doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Hea

Three States Rush to Tie Common Core Testing to Graduation

Three states are rushing ahead to integrate Common Core testing into their education systems. New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington state will tie graduation to Common Core tests.

SHOP Exchanges Fail to Draw Customers

A key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has failed to attract many customers.

New AP History Curriculum Emphasizes Negative View of U.S. History, Principles

The College Board has changed its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum so it now omits central figures and battles from American history and puts in their place negative depictions of U.S.

Pennsylvania Decision to Expand Medicaid Could Prove Costly

The state of Pennsylvania has announced it will expand its Medicaid program under an agreement reached with the federal Department of Health & Human Services, even after the federal government

Outreach Campaign Doubles Arizona School Choice Enrollment

Thanks to program changes and an aggressive outreach campaign, families of 2,479 students have applied for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for the 2014-2015 school year, compared to 1,10

Computers Increasingly Grade Student Writing

On standardized tests, computers have begun to grade, not just multiple-choice questions but even student writing such essays.

Parents Camp Out, Risk Jail to Get Kids Into Better Schools

Every year, parents across the nation camp out and line up to get their kids into good schools. Some have even risked jail terms.

Colorado Teachers Flock to Gun Classes

At a free class this spring, more than 200 Colorado teachers became certified to carry a concealed weapon, but lawmakers turned down legislation to let them carry a firearm in school.

School Districts Dump Common Core

Several school districts across the country have decided to dump national Common Core curriculum and testing mandates, use better standards, and share them with other districts.