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May 8, 2024

Beltway Liberals Are Playing Name Games to Expand the Welfare State

…Longtime policy expert Robert Greenstein suggested this group is constituted of “poor, non-elderly adults who are not raising children and do not receive disability benefits.” Naturally, proponents didn’t offer the…

May 6, 2024

How States and Communities Can Strengthen Marriages 

Family is the greatest source of social capital, providing the setting in which people grow, develop, and anchor their lives. Stable and healthy marriages are at the foundation of strong…

April 17, 2024

Fiscal Sanity Please, Senators

The Wyden-Smith tax bill, which combines an expanded child tax credit (CTC) with a variety of business tax breaks, has been in limbo in the Senate for the past three…

April 11, 2024

The “Case for Curriculum” Is about Reducing Teachers’ Workload

Last weekend, I gave a talk at the U.S. ResearchEd conference in Greenwich, Connecticut, on “The Case for Curriculum,” based on a paper I wrote for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, which was published this week at The…

April 9, 2024

The Case for Curriculum Reform

…and school system leaders be willing to take it on? Join AEI Senior Fellow Robert Pondiscio, StandardsWork’s Barbara Davidson, TNTP’s Kristen McQuillan, Orlando Riddick of the Houston Independent School District,…

March 31, 2024

Can Local Journalism Be Saved?

…project is ambitious in scope and complex in design. Participants in the so-called NewsMatch program, including the MacArthur, Ford, Carnegie, Robert Wood Johnson, and Hewlett Foundations, join the New York Times to…

March 14, 2024

The “No Excuses” Model Is Due for a Renaissance

In a dispatch over the weekend, the New York Times took note of the rise of “super strict schools in England,” marked by “strict routines and detentions,” silent corridors, and “zero-tolerance” policies for even…

March 12, 2024

Family Dinners Offer a Silver Lining in a Bleak Social Capital Landscape

…Few people would question the idea that regularly eating together promotes family closeness and affection. Unfortunately, research by the eminent scholar of social capital, Robert Putnam, indicates that the share…

March 7, 2024

Proven Results: Highlighting the Benefits of Charter Schools for Students and Families

In 2002, I became a fifth-grade teacher at the lowest-performing public school in the South Bronx, New York City’s lowest-performing school district. A mere 16 percent of PS 277 students…

March 6, 2024

Caitlin Clark and Civil Society

…radar. Just like basketball taking off in Indiana—and giving us Hall of Famers Larry Bird from French Lick and Oscar Robertson from Indianapolis—women’s basketball emerging in Iowa seems a mystery….