The Washington Independent


Romney’s education agenda based on standardized tests, school choice

Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential candidate who edged out an eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses, has a long track record on education that includes standardized testing and accountability, charter schools and school vouchers.

Florida state senator says his school prayer bill is not ‘patently unconstitutional’

By | 12.09.11 | 1:11 pm | More from The Florida Independent

A school prayer bill introduced in Florida by state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has caught the attention of national groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The groups are calling foul and warn that the bill is “patently unconstitutional.” Siplin, however, maintains that his bill


National Education Association announces plan to improve teacher quality

By | 12.09.11 | 10:27 am | More from The Florida Independent

The National Education Association, which represents 3 million teachers and education professionals across the U.S., announced new initiatives on Thursday “to increase the quality of teacher candidates, make sure that teachers remain at the top of their game throughout their careers, and to improve student learning by helping


VIDEO: Florida’s homeless children rate reaches epidemic proportions

By | 11.29.11 | 9:53 am | More from The Florida Independent

60 Minutes aired a program this weekend shedding light on one of the little-discussed but heartbreaking aspects of the country’s persistent economic woes: an epidemic of homeless schoolchildren. The subject of the program was Seminole County, Fla., a county with 1,100 homeless students.

Deion Sanders’ new charter school drawing questions about financial, academic plans

By | 11.16.11 | 4:23 pm

Prime Prep Academy’s most famous backer was there in person when the Texas State Board of Education voted to approve its charter application in September, and he greeted the news enthusiastically:

Some Minnesota lawmakers in D.C. millionaires, but still not in top 1 percent

By | 11.16.11 | 9:36 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

Though none qualify as the “one percent,” at least three of Minnesota’s members of Congress are millionaires, a study by the Center for Responsive Politics released on Tuesday shows.

Experts: Michigan students given false information by Colorado-based abstinence-education program

An abstinence-only presentation provided to numerous school districts in Calhoun and Eaton Counties in October of this year provided false and misleading information to students about HIV, experts allege.

Chicago Fed President to his colleagues: Obey the law

By | 11.15.11 | 4:05 pm

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has unveiled a new webpage that explains the Federal Reserve System’s dual mandate of achieving maximum employment while keeping prices stable, and shows key indicators of whether the Fed is actually fulfilling that mandate.

More Texas colleges turn to outsourcing in hopes of cutting costs

By | 11.15.11 | 12:49 pm

After the Texas Legislature’s latest round of funding cuts to higher education, some public universities in the state hope outsourcing some functions will help trim their budgets.

Replacing Iowa Workforce Development offices with computers has improved access, says Branstad

By | 11.14.11 | 2:11 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

Closing 36 Iowa Workforce Development offices across the state and replacing them with computer terminals has meant greater access to services for Iowans while saving about $6.5 million, the head of the department and Gov. Terry Branstad say.