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The Student Loan Bubble Looks like “Déjà Vu”

Higher education is following the same pattern that housing did in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis. Just like in housing during the previous decade, a student lending “bubble” is now being inflated by heavy federal interventions that could have severe unintended consequences.

Labor, Education & Pensions Legislative Alerts

Right-to-Work Helps Unions, Too

May 17, 2013 J

By Casey Given One of the main objections labor interests make to right-to-work laws is that collective bargaining agreements apply to all employees in a workplace. Therefore, by allowing workers to opt-out of paying dues to the union that represents them, right-to-work laws allegedly create a free rider problem in which individuals can receive the [...]

Another Blow to Obama’s NLRB

May 07, 2013 J

By Casey Given Little over three months after its quorum-crushing Noel Canning decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered another blow to the National Relations Board today. Delivering the ruling in National Association of Manufacturers v. NLRB, the Court nullified the Board’s August 2011 rule requiring all six million businesses [...]

There’s No Opting Out of Common Core

April 17, 2013 J

By Casey Given Two weeks ago, Education Week reported that the Department of Education will oversee the design of assessment tests for the Common Core State Standards, confirming suspicions that initiative is nothing less than a federal curriculum for America’s schools. While I’ve already commented on the implications this announcement will have on public schools, [...]

Obama’s Preschool Push Is Backed By Faulty Evidence

April 16, 2013 J

By Casey Given Last week, President Obama’s released his long overdue 2014 budget, drawing cheers and jeers for its bold education initiatives. Most notably, the budget aims to expand state pre-kindergarten programs by nearly doubling the federal cigarette tax to $1.95 a pack. While my colleague Jason Hughey has already analyzed the contradictory fiscal effects [...]

It’s Official: The Feds Control Common Core

April 03, 2013 J

By Casey Given Critics of the Common Core State Standards had our fears confirmed on Monday when Education Week reported that the Department of Education will oversee the assessment test design for the new national standards. This is no April Fool’s joke: Washington will soon be directly regulating what America’s schoolchildren learn and on what [...]

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