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SPN Education Policy Exchange: Volume 4, Issue 10

Published on Monday, August 02, 2010

SPN Education Policy Exchange: Volume 4, Issue 10

The Education Exchange is a quick-read update 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 Liz at


Today is the last day for early bird registration rates for the SPN Annual Meeting and Education Summit.  Space is filling up quickly for the 3rd SPN, Alliance for School Choice, and Foundation for Educational Choice Education Summit, held in conjunction with the SPN Annual Meeting this year in Cleveland.  Registration for the ed summit only is free.  Jeb Bush, Kevin Chavous, and Dr. Tony Bennett are expected to speak.  You can view the conference agenda and register here.  The host hotel is full, so please note other available room blocks on the SPN site and call soon to make your reservation.




EVENT: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education w/Jay Greene (Goldwater Institute)

August 17th - Phoenix - 5:30pm-7:30pm.  RSVP online or by email.

EVENT: Heartland Institute's 26th Anniversary Benefit Dinner & Policy Forum (Heartland Institute)

Join Heartland for a day of engaging discussion, followed by an amusing benefit dinner! 

The Quest for Excellence Should Not Be Absent From The Debate on Teacher Pay and Tenure (James Madison Institute)

New paper from William Mattox.

Reforms with Results: What Oklahoma can learn from Florida's K-12 education revolution (Foundation for Educational Choice)

Matt Ladner's latest state research paper and recommendations.

D.C. Voucher Students: Higher Graduation Rates and Other Positive Outcomes (Heritage Foundation)

Jason Richwine on D.C. scholarship facts and student performance. 

Delivering Education Direct to the Desktop (Jefferson Journal)

Chris Braunlich reports on online education.

Who Said That about National Standards and Tests!? (CATO)

Neal McCluskey on Cato's blog. 

Louisiana School Reforms Turn Disaster into Opportunity (Heartland Institute)

Ben Boychuk in the July School Reform News.

Broadband and Schools: A Free Market Solution (Heartland Institute)

Marc Oestreich in School Reform News.

Education Vouchers Benefit Edgewood Economy (National Center for Policy Analysis)

John Merrifield on San Antonio's private voucher program. 

VIDEO: Leading Researcher Explains New D.C. Voucher Study (American Federation for Children)

Patrick Wolf's recent presentation on D.C. 

Embracing Systemic Reform: Lessons from Five Award Winning School Districts (AEI)

A new paper from Heather Zavadsky. 

The Long Reach of Teachers Unions (Education Next)

Mike Antonucci in the Fall issue of Education Next

Invisible Ink in Teacher Contracts (Education Next)

Emily Cohen and Kate Walsh. 

New Jersey Teacher Salaries Are Comparable to Professional Pay in Private Sector (Manhattan Institute)

Marcus Winters.

Fostering Opportunity and Improving Achievement: The Benefits of a Foster-Care Scholarship Program in California (Pacific Research Institute)

Policy brief from Vicki Murray and Evelyn Stacey. 

Survey of End-of-Course Test Questions (John Locke Foundation)

Spotlight Survey from John Locke. 

Creating a Crisis: Spending Increase to Fund Bloated Education Bureaucracy (Heritage Foundation)

Lindsey Burke's WebMemo on the stimulus bill funding for education. 

Conserving the status quo? (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)

From the Flypaper



Hundreds still waiting on school vouchers (Columbus Dispatch)

Sen. Williams introduces voucher bill (Philadelphia Public School Network)

Heritage Elementary parents hear school choice options (News & Advance)

Special Letter: Parents, not government for schools (Detroit News)

Rhee aims to build voucher programs (Washington Times)

Vicki Murray: How California can improve its plunging graduation rates (Daily Caller)

Civil rights groups are picking the wrong fight with President Obama (Washington Post)

Lindsey Burke: The President's Education Speech: Is This Change? (National Review)

Gov. Christie's report finds private, parochial schools save NJ $2.7B annually (

Alan Bonsteel: School choice is the key to improving education (LA Daily News)

Choice should be education option (

Bob Ewing: The education debacle of the decade (Daily Caller)

Candidate for governor supports school choice (Nashua Telegraph)

How Republicans kill school choice programs (Daily Caller)

Kaushik Basu has reason to be happy, school voucher trails a hit (The Economy)

Larry Sand: Opinion: Teachers unions political funding inappropriate (San Jose Mercury News)


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