School Choice Weekly

What the Research Really Says about Government Preschool

School Choice Weekly #59 While 15 states this week begged the Obama administration to direct programs for their youngest children, Indiana decided to chart its own course, with Gov. Mike Pence (R) refusing to sign off on an expensive, intrusive federal preschool grant application. Concurrently, the Cato Institute issued a highly useful review of the major and highest-quality research on government preschool, which continues to show such programs, at best, don’t benefit kids beyond first grade....

Would You Trade Your Social Security Number for a Pistachio Cookie?

School Choice Weekly #58 A performance artist recently set up a booth at a New York festival, offering homemade cookies in exchange for visitors’ phone numbers, fingerprints, address, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, driver’s license number, last four digits of their Social Security numbers, and more. More than half of the 380 people willing to trade such personal information for a short-lived treat allowed the artist, Risa Puno, to take their pictures. Nearly half gave out their last four...

Consider the Education Vote

School Choice Weekly #57 In most Americans’ minds, education is tied to career preparation. And Americans are worried about jobs. So it’s no coincidence that education has risen as an election issue, although it typically resides somewhere in the middle of voters’ priorities. This week, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul prodded potential 2016 candidates for president, asserting no candidate would win the GOP nomination if he or she supports Common Core. American Federation for Children counsel Kevin...

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