Education: Ideas

  • Common Core

    Approximately two-thirds of the public do not know about the Common Core mandates for tests and curriculum, but they comprise one of the most comprehensive K-12 efforts. Common Core is essentially the successor to No Child Left Behind, the most comprehensive education law in the nation and the central driver of U.S. education pre-Common Core.
  • Taxpayer Savings Grants

    Originally proposed in Texas in 2011, Taxpayer Savings Grants would reimburse parents for tuition paid for enrollment of children at private schools of their choice in the amount of actual tuition or 60 percent of the state’s average per-pupil maintenance and operations expenditure, whichever is less. Students entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school for at least one year would be eligible. The Heartland Institute estimates about 6% of public school students would be moved to private schools, saving the state approximately $1 billion a year.
  • School Vouchers

    Giving public funds to consumers in the form of vouchers is not a radical idea. Existing voucher programs include food stamps, low-income housing vouchers, the GI Bill and Pell Grants for college students. There can be little doubt that the schools parents would choose under a school choice program would be different from those currently funded with tax dollars.
  • The Parent Trigger

    This might just be the most powerful education reform policy since Milton Friedman advocated the school voucher. Begun in California, the Parent Trigger allows a majority of parents to petition to have their local school reorganized or transformed into a charter, or even to receive vouchers to choose private schools. Built on the framework of choice and democracy, the Parent Trigger crosses ideological lines and empowers parents.