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Betsy DeVos and the Future of Education Reform

My years as assistant secretary of education gave me a firsthand look at how infighting among education reformers is hampering progress toward change.
A protester holds an “END QUALIFIED IMMUNITY” sign during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn, New York, on July 4, 2020.

Schooling Qualified Immunity

Should educators be shielded from civil liability for violating students’ rights?
Lamar Alexander walks to the Senate floor on January 21, 2020.

Leadership Makes a Difference: Lamar Alexander and K–12 Education

As governor, secretary of education, and senator, Alexander had vast influence.

The Right Role for the Federal Government

Give parents the information they need to pick their school of choice

A New Partnership

The move toward federally imposed accountability standards is necessary to ensure that federal funds are enhancing educational opportunity, especially for poor and minority students. It will all be for naught, however, if Congress doesn't guarantee that states will receive the resources necessary to overhaul failing schools

The Feds Step In

From his first days in office, President Bush made education reform one of his...

Unwarranted Intrusion

Inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act...

Recycling Reforms

The Department of Education enters the innovation business

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