Teresa Mull

Teresa Mull (tmull@heartland.org) is a research fellow in education policy for the Heartland Institute.

If Teachers Unions Are So Great, Why Aren’t Our Schools?

 

Last August hosted National Employee Freedom Week, a time to celebrate our nation’s 28 right-to-work states, lament over the 22 non-right-to-work states, and reflect on the destruction America’s teachers unions are inflicting on our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Government schools enroll the vast majority of U.S. students, about 90 percent. Despite the unions’ insistence […]

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Treating Teachers as Normal Employees Benefits Children

 

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been treating its teachers as though they are normal, private-sector employees, and it’s paying off for students. “Since 2012, we have been studying IMPACT, a seminal effort by the [DCPS] to link teacher retention and pay to their performance,” Education Next reported recently. “Under IMPACT, the district […]

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Summer Is the Perfect Time to Practice Parent-Centered Education

 

In most parts of the United States, “School’s out for summer!” Commercials on television and radio have started advertising waterparks and other nearby amusements, repeating promises for “keeping your kids from getting bored this summer.” And while outdoor physical activity is important, the summer recess is the perfect time to dive head-first into parent-centric education. […]

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Parents, What You Don’t Know Is Hurting Your Kids.

 

Second graders in a California public school are having their “interpersonal and behavioral skills [nurtured] through a variety of educational strategies,” Education Week reports. “In Susannah Young’s 2nd-grade classroom, the first step in a student’s writing process isn’t a rough draft; it’s a conversation with a peer,” Evie Blad writes for EdWeek. “Students explain their […]

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Compulsory School Attendance: Compassionate or Counterproductive? 

 

Earlier this month, an Arizona state legislator did the unthinkable: He proposed returning power to the people by repealing compulsory school attendance laws. Compulsory education requirements have effectively reversed the role government has in Americans’ lives, from having citizens tell the state what to do to having the state telling citizens what they must do. […]

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Education Savings Accounts: The Great Peacemaker?

 

Several states — including Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia — are in the process of introducing or expanding education savings account (ESA) legislation. Even though ESAs have been proven to help the disadvantaged groups the left are always claiming to represent, liberals remain determined to undermine these school choice programs […]

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With DeVos Hearing, School Choice Finally Takes Center Stage

 

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has moved school choice to America’s center stage, where it belongs. National School Choice Week, happening during the final week of January, will likely keep the momentum going, as millions of people call for education liberty at events across the country. […]

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Nevada ESA Ruling Is a Win in More Ways than One

 

The Nevada Supreme Court’s September ruling declaring education savings accounts (ESAs) constitutional is great news for students in the Silver State and for students across the country as well. Nevada’s ESA program, enacted in 2015 and launched in 2016, grants to parents access to most (and in some cases all) of the money allocated for […]

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Planned Parenthood Fights (and Loses) Battle to Limit Parents’ Sex-Ed Rights

 

Late in July, Alaska state Rep. Wes Keller’s (R-Wasilla) House Bill 156 was passed into law, enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized testing and other activities, classes, and programs they find objectionable. HB 156 also requires schools to notify parents of any curriculum involving sexual behavior and to make the curriculum available for parental […]

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Ravitch Right on Common Core, Wrong on Everything Else

 

Diane Ravitch, a well-known school choice opponent, has gotten something right: “The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students.” The quote comes from the title of Ravitch’s recent New York Times article, but while Ravitch’s title thesis — that Common Core has been a disaster — holds true, her arguments are supported neither by fact […]

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