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What We Can Learn from Teach for America

School Choice Weekly #78 For her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University in 1989, Wendy Kopp proposed Teach for America, an organization that would attract top university students to teach the neediest children, somewhat like a domestic Peace Corps. Soon after she graduated, she founded the program, which has grown nationwide since then. TFA recruits come from the nation’s top colleges and have strong academic qualifications. They enter teaching directly after graduation with a promise to...

The Last Word on NCLB, We Hope

The Last Word on NCLB, We Hope School Choice Weekly #77 The conservative grassroots recovered Friday from an establishment-landed punch to potentially knock out a mealy-mouthed bill replacing No Child Left Behind. Last Wednesday, the House Rules Committee approved some 50 moderate Republican and Democrat amendments to receive up-or-down votes on the House floor along with the Student Success Act, a bill to replace NCLB. Crucially, the committee refused to let three conservative Republican...

The Undead No Child Left Behind

School Choice Weekly #76 It is tiresome to be frequently forced to discuss federal education policy, since whatever Congress does besides getting out of parents’ and teachers’ way will only mean lots of money and energy wasted to no good end. The evidence for this is quite strong and, to this author’s knowledge, has never been directly refuted. But since Congress has appropriated to itself power over education, even though the Tenth Amendment reserves it, along with all other unmentioned items...

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