California Started Escape From Linguistic Ghetto Article Published in the Human Events Maybe it’s time for Easterners to quit sneering that California’s the Left Coast, the spawning grounds for loony notions that eventually sweep the nation.  Once again, Californians’ exercise of direct democracy is leading the [Read More...]
Making the Grade Letter to the Editor, U.S. News and World Report Ben Wildavsky’s dispatch from Waco, Texas, in the July 19 issue (“When Johnny can’t read — try tough love”) conveyed the pain that will be felt as accountability comes to communities [Read More...]
GOALS 2000: The Hour Has Arrived To Re-Evaluate The Federal Role in Education Reform Issue Brief The Goals 2000 movement made its public debut 10 years ago when President Bush and the nation’s Governors met at a National Education Summit and agreed on national goals for schools. The gathering occurred amid a burst of [Read More...]
Bilingual Education Reform: Critical for Hispanic Student Success Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to participate in today’s discussion on federal education programs for Limited English-Proficient (LEP) students. My name is Don Soifer and I am the Executive Vice President of the [Read More...]
Bilingual Education Reform Moves Northeast Article Published in The Waterbury (CT) Republican-American Bilingual education reform has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing public policy movements. Last June, California voters approved an initiative pulling the plug on most of the state’s widely-criticized bilingual education programs. Since [Read More...]
A Chance to Fix Bilingual Woes Article Published in The Tribune (Phoenix, AZ) Arizona right now faces a major opportunity to help its Limited English Proficient (LEP) students by reforming current bilingual education programs. Bilingual education is widely used in school districts throughout Arizona. While the [Read More...]
The Clinton Education Legacy: Headed Toward a Failing Grade? Issue Brief During his six plus years in office, President Clinton has given continuous attention to American education. Indeed, he has made it a top priority for his administration. But how significantly has education policy changed, particularly for America’s troubled [Read More...]
Reform Needed in Federal K-12 Education Funding Article Published in the Colorado Springs Gazette What is the most critical issue that the incoming session of Congress must address? It may well be reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the primary law pertaining to the [Read More...]
Will Arizona Be Next? The Grand Canyon State Considers Reforming Bilingual Education Issue Brief Executive Summary Following the dramatic success of a California proposition this June to end the use of bilingual education, policymakers from around the nation have begun to question the effectiveness and appropriateness of those programs in their own [Read More...]
Trickle-Down Education Budget Deal Misses the Mark Article Published in The Christian Science Monitor Washington, D.C. is aglow as both parties hail the centerpiece of the budget agreement: a deal to hire more than 30,000 teachers in the coming year and increase the U.S. Department of Education’s [Read More...]
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