School Choice Weekly

Colorado Officials Say ESSA Increases Burden on Schools

School Choice Weekly #144 Republican HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander promised the nation the federal education law rewrite he pushed to President Barack Obama’s desk would roll back the federal role in education. After the Obama administration’s recent release of its new regulations for the law, state officials in Colorado are saying the new law does precisely the opposite. Federal education bureaucrats “are going out and saying they’re respecting states. I would argue they’re not,”...

Time to Stop Pretending Tests Equal School Accountability

School Choice Weekly #143 It’s become clear in the Common Core and Obama administration era that Republicans since Ronald Reagan have been wrong to equate centralized testing mandates with school accountability. The dramatic increase in regulations attached to requiring most K–12 schoolchildren to take tests has produced some good, such as better data demonstrating how our education system shortchanges Americans. But the negative unintended consequences are high. As Greg Forster writes in the...

College Board Excises Islam from European History Curricula

School Choice Weekly #142 The College Board sure picked an apropos time to release a revamp of its Advanced Placement European history (APEH) class. Among other things, the revamp excises the history of Islam’s clash with Christianity and the West, just as that conflict resurfaced in Orlando, Florida. As with AP U.S. history, the teacher guidelines have expanded dramatically, crucial information has gone missing, and history is reinterpreted through a politically progressive lens. For example,...

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