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SPN Education Policy Exchange: Volume 4, Issue 12

Published on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

SPN Education Policy Exchange: Volume 4, Issue 12

The Education Exchange is a quick-read resource on recent events in education - in the states and nationally. If you would like the Exchange to feature your organization's work, please submit links to your recent studies to Scroll down to see this month's Top This! Award.



Today, the Foundation for Excellence in Education Summit announced the development of a new bi-partisan group of Chiefs for Change dedicated to education reform.  The group includes Paul Pastorek, Louisiana Superintendent of Education; Eric Smith, Florida Commissioner of Education; Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction; Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education; Gerard Robinson, Virginia Secretary of Education. The annual summit is in full swing in D.C. - you can read more and follow the event on the Foundation for Excellence in Education Summit website or on Facebook and Twitter.




NEW! Join the Education Breakthrough Network!

Lisa Keegan invites you to join the new online education reform community.


EVENT: Are Education Schools Amenable to Reform? (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)

DC - 12/2 at 3:30-5:00pm, reception to follow.  RSVP.


EVENT: Maine Heritage - Impact of the 2010 Elections Luncheon (MHPC)

December 15th at 12pm in Bangor - registration required.


December 2010 School Reform News (Heartland Institute)

The brand new issue of SRN is out and available in PDF.


Charter Schools: A New Wind Blowing (John W. Pope Civitas Institute)

A new paper by the North Carolina-based Institute.


Boehner: A Leader on School Choice (Heritage Foundation)

Blog post from The Foundry.


Federal Overreach into American Higher Education (Heritage Foundation)

A new report from Matthew Denhart.


School Choice in Canada: Lessons for America (Heritage Foundation)

Backgrounder from Mark Milke.


Milton Friedman and 20 years of school-choice innovation (Goldwater Institute)

Matt Ladner on realizing Dr. Friedman's dream - how far have we come?


Interstate Survey: What Do Voters Say About K-12 Education in Six States? (Foundation for Educational Choice)

New survey of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York voters.


Voters in Six States Favor Expanding School Choice (American Federation for Children)

Press release on the new Foundation for Educational Choice survey.


Stretching the School Dollar (Harvard University Press)

The new AEI/Fordham book on school spending and improving outcomes.


Public Education in Wisconsin: Facing Reality (WPRI)

New commentary from Rose Fernandez.


Doing the Same Thing Over and Over (AEI)

Frederick Hess on his new book.


The Parent Trigger (Heartland Institute)

School Reform News on a new education reform proposal.


New Harvard report on Arizona's tuition tax credit debunks myths (Goldwater Institute)

Matt Ladner on Vicki Murray's new report.


Home at Last: Charter Schools Retain Students Better than Nearby Public Schools (Illinois Policy Institute) 

New policy brief from Collin Hitt.  **TOP THIS!**


K-12 Budget Picture: Lean Years Ahead (AEI)

New report on state budgets and school finance reform.


Does Competition Improve Public Schools? (Education Next)

New report on school choice in Florida.




(PA) School choice proposals about to be revived (Standard Speaker)


Lisa Keegan: The future of education is already here (The Daily Caller)


(NJ) Time may be right for charter schools (The Record)


SC schools chief hopes public innovation continues (The Herald)


Charter schools must rise to the test (The Tennessean)


(KY) KERA: Chartering a way to unfulfilled promises (The Richmond Register)


Let local districts make education decisions (Miami Herald)


Rosen: School choice in D.C. (The Denver Post)


Access to best education possible is crucial (


Kevin Chavous: "President Obama was wrong" to take away scholarships for DC (You Tube)


N.J.'s Christie Takes Combative Tack on Education (Ed Week)


(SC) Education vouchers gain ground (The State)


Dissecting change in Milwaukee enrollments (


On Education, a Rare Voice for Bipartisanship (WCTV)


Board floats voucher plan (Wall Street Journal)


(NC) School choice likely to increase in state (The Rocky Mount Telegram)


(IN) State eyes makeover of entire system (The Herald Bulletin)


Elmer Smith: Experience taught her about school choice (Philadelphia Daily News)


Parents Revolt in Chicago: Will Big Education Listen? (Breitbart)


It's Time for School Choice - Terry Paulson (


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