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The Harvard-UNC SCOTUS Case: Asians May Finally Bury Race Discrimination in America

For years, as government-sanctioned racial discrimination was eliminated in most spheres of American life, race-based discrimination continued to fester in university admissions.  However, a case involving alleged racial discrimination against Asian Americans at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, may finally …

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A To-Do List for the California Legislature

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will be choosing from many new faces seeking to represent them in the state legislature. Thanks to redistricting and a wide swath of retirements, there will be at least 22 new State Assembly Members elected this fall and 10 new State …

Classroom Ideology

Why Are Student Test Scores Plunging? Look at Politicized Education

By Lance Izumi & Wenyuan Wu Recent national student test scores showed a massive decline in learning in reading and math. This achievement implosion has several explanations – one is the increasing politicization of classroom instruction, which is reducing rigor and diverting attention from improving students’ foundational knowledge and skills. …

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How Congress Can Improve Education

Whatever the results of the midterm elections, the new Congress will face many old problems, especially in education.  Yet, despite the seemingly intractable nature of these problems, there are important actions that Congress can take to meet the needs and concerns of parents and their children.   Improving student achievement, …

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Union power makes urban reform nearly impossible

It’s well known that private-sector unions imposed higher costs and competitive disadvantages on companies that remained in cities. In a 2010 Cato Journal article, Stephen J. K. Walters explained that unions sparked their transformation “from engines of prosperity into areas afflicted by economic stagnation, chronic poverty, and all the social …

Charter School

Watch Lance Izumi Speak at OC Board of Ed Hearing on Charter Schools

Watch Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, join fellow education reform advocates in addressing reporters before an Orange County Board of Education hearing on charter schools.  

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Want to save cities? Then revamp urban schools

Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools There are many reasons for the decline of America’s cities, but one of the key reasons why many families flee older urban areas is because of the poor quality of urban public schools. Research has shown, however, that one way to reverse …

Education

Lance Izumi Discusses How Public Schools Can Improve Following COVID Failure on Lars Larson Show

Hear Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, discuss how public schools can improve on the nationally-syndicated Lars Larson Show.

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The 2022-23 School Year Remains Grim for Special Education Students

The school year has started, and parents and students are hopeful that education has returned to “normal” from the last three school years of COVID pandemic-era closures and online learning. For students, the California public school system crumbled under the closures and online classes offered little to no growth in …

Education

Watch PRI’s Lance Izumi Discuss School Choice Options for Back to School on “The Chat”

Watch Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, discuss homeschooling and other school choice options for back to school on “The Chat” on Newschannel 10 and KGNC Radio in Amarillo, TX.  Click on the image to watch.

Classroom Ideology

The Harvard-UNC SCOTUS Case: Asians May Finally Bury Race Discrimination in America

For years, as government-sanctioned racial discrimination was eliminated in most spheres of American life, race-based discrimination continued to fester in university admissions.  However, a case involving alleged racial discrimination against Asian Americans at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, may finally …

Blog

A To-Do List for the California Legislature

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will be choosing from many new faces seeking to represent them in the state legislature. Thanks to redistricting and a wide swath of retirements, there will be at least 22 new State Assembly Members elected this fall and 10 new State …

Classroom Ideology

Why Are Student Test Scores Plunging? Look at Politicized Education

By Lance Izumi & Wenyuan Wu Recent national student test scores showed a massive decline in learning in reading and math. This achievement implosion has several explanations – one is the increasing politicization of classroom instruction, which is reducing rigor and diverting attention from improving students’ foundational knowledge and skills. …

Blog

How Congress Can Improve Education

Whatever the results of the midterm elections, the new Congress will face many old problems, especially in education.  Yet, despite the seemingly intractable nature of these problems, there are important actions that Congress can take to meet the needs and concerns of parents and their children.   Improving student achievement, …

Blog

Union power makes urban reform nearly impossible

It’s well known that private-sector unions imposed higher costs and competitive disadvantages on companies that remained in cities. In a 2010 Cato Journal article, Stephen J. K. Walters explained that unions sparked their transformation “from engines of prosperity into areas afflicted by economic stagnation, chronic poverty, and all the social …

Charter School

Watch Lance Izumi Speak at OC Board of Ed Hearing on Charter Schools

Watch Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, join fellow education reform advocates in addressing reporters before an Orange County Board of Education hearing on charter schools.  

Blog

Want to save cities? Then revamp urban schools

Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools There are many reasons for the decline of America’s cities, but one of the key reasons why many families flee older urban areas is because of the poor quality of urban public schools. Research has shown, however, that one way to reverse …

Education

Lance Izumi Discusses How Public Schools Can Improve Following COVID Failure on Lars Larson Show

Hear Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, discuss how public schools can improve on the nationally-syndicated Lars Larson Show.

Blog

The 2022-23 School Year Remains Grim for Special Education Students

The school year has started, and parents and students are hopeful that education has returned to “normal” from the last three school years of COVID pandemic-era closures and online learning. For students, the California public school system crumbled under the closures and online classes offered little to no growth in …

Education

Watch PRI’s Lance Izumi Discuss School Choice Options for Back to School on “The Chat”

Watch Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, discuss homeschooling and other school choice options for back to school on “The Chat” on Newschannel 10 and KGNC Radio in Amarillo, TX.  Click on the image to watch.

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