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President Obama's Cohorts Working to Censor the Internet

Authored for United Liberty.

Earlier this month, President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unilaterally declare “net neutrality.” It would ensure a “free and open Internet,” he stated.  “There should be no gatekeepers between you and your favorite online sites and services.”

Ironically, there has never been anything other than a free and open Internet. No one has ever proposed anything less –outside of President Obama’s own staff and Democratic academics who cover the telecommunications industry.

ALEC Report Card Finds Which States Favor Homeschoolers

Authored for  ALEC.

Last month, ALEC  released its annual Report Card on American Education. The report ranks states’ education policy based on six areas, including state academic standards; charter school laws; private school choice programs; overall teacher quality; digital learning opportunities; and the regulatory burden placed on homeschool families.

The study, which included research  conducted  by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), gave 11 states the top grade of “A” in the area of homeschool regulatory burdens.

Texas Failing to Offer Private School Choice

Authored for  ALEC.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has  released  the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

One notable finding of the Report Card is that Texas does not encourage private school choice in a particularly robust manner.

Dr. Matthew Ladner Joins Freedom Daily to Talk about the Report Card on American Education

Authored for  ALEC.

Dr. Matthew Ladner recently joined Jami Lund of the Washington Freedom Foundation’s  “Freedom Daily”  to talk about the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual Report Card on American Education.  Dr. Ladner, who co-authored the report, was formerly the top policy advisor on education to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Washington State received an overall grade of “C” on the report for its policies in six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

North Dakota Trails the Nation in Education Policy

Authored for  ALEC.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week released the 19th edition of its annual  Report Card on American Education,  where it grades states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

North Dakota received a “D” in the report, the worst of any state. Indiana received the best grade, a “B+.

Virginia’s School Choice Policies Contrast with District of Columbia

Authored for ALEC.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week released the 19th edition of its annual 
Report Card on American Education,  where it grades states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

North Dakota received a “D” in the report, the worst of any state. Indiana received the best grade, a “B+.

Digital Learning: a Bright Spot in Education

Authored for  ALEC.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) yesterday  released  the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

It is only the fourth annual scorecard to include digital learning opportunities as a performance metric.

New ALEC Report Card Highlights Misspending in K-12 Education

Authored for  ALEC.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released  the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities.

Its findings highlight an old fact: more spending does not translate into better outcomes for K-12 students.

Lessons from Ottawa

Authored for  United Liberty.

Some thoughts come to mind in the wake of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, and the week’s earlier incident in which another alleged terrorist murdered a Canadian soldier using a vehicle. The incidents contradict ideas germinating in some spheres of Western thought that seem to cumulatively suggest that terrorists are fundamentally good people who are simply misunderstood.

For instance, one premise often suggested is that terrorists are libertarian in nature.

Common Cause's Hypocrisy on Crony Capitalism

Authored for  United Liberty.

Radical environmental activists made news last week for  complaining that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) opposes taxes and regulations those activists view as necessary to combat global warming. ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson appeared on NPR’s  “The Diane Rehm Show”  on Thursday to address those accusations, opposite Common Cause CEO Miles Rapoport and Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger.

The program was replete with absurd, perfidious accusations that ALEC supported “corporate” interests.
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