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Picking Up the Pieces of No Child Left Behind

The past decade has proven that teaching to the test doesn't work. Here's a look at what does.

How Expanding Student Rights Undermined Public Schooling Robert Adrian Hillman/Shutterstock

How Expanding Student Rights Undermined Public Schooling

Paralyzed by the threat of litigation, educators are often unable to strictly enforce rules.

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Why School Principals Need More Authority

Under the current system, educational leaders have all of the responsibility but none of the power. Allowing principals to act like CEOs may foster a more efficient system.

To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It Alan Smythee/ Flickr

To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It

Successful schools don't have a formula, other than that teachers and principals are free to follow their instincts.

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Obsolete Law—The Solutions

Our founders didn't anticipate that it would be much harder to repeal a law than pass it in the first place. Here's how we can revise the status quo and build a more efficient democracy.

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A Governor's Guide to Trimming Wasteful State Programs

Most people won't miss their state boards and commissions. So why is the process is so slow and fraught with political consequences?

What Germany Can Teach the U.S.: Rewrite Old Laws Reuters

What Germany Can Teach the U.S.: Rewrite Old Laws

Laws go out of date, so why can't the U.S. regularly revise and update them, as some European countries do?

Have You Ever Tried to Eliminate a State-Run Commission? Reuters

Have You Ever Tried to Eliminate a State-Run Commission?

It's hard to make sense of laws that didn't make sense in the first place -- like a decades-old ban on beer bottles with an uneven number of ounces.

Times Have Changed: Civil-Rights Era Voting Law Needs Reform Wikimedia Commons

Times Have Changed: Civil-Rights Era Voting Law Needs Reform

Although the problem of black disenfranchisement has been largely solved, many southern states still have to submit all voting rules changes for federal approval.

Why the 2012 Race Should Be About Obsolete Law

Why the 2012 Race Should Be About Obsolete Law

Polls reveal that the country is united in thinking that old laws clog the system and need to be periodically reviewed.

The Case for Trimming the EPA Reuters

The Case for Trimming the EPA

The EPA, just as large as it ever was, is now on autopilot, churning out rules and regulations without heed to cost or competing values. It spends huge sums chasing the tiniest of risks.

Should the Courts Be Allowed to Repeal Obsolete Law? Yale Law School

Should the Courts Be Allowed to Repeal Obsolete Law?

A conversation with Guido Calabresi, a senior judge on the U.S.Court of Appeals's second circuit, on how outmoded legislation can be cleanly wiped from the books

The Many Legal Barriers Standing in the Way of Health Care Reform Reuters

The Many Legal Barriers Standing in the Way of Health Care Reform

Obsolete law adds costs to the system at every turn. Instead of penalties for referrals, there needs to be greater incentive for collaboration.

Why Professional Licenses Are a Barrier to Growth nokhoog_buchachon/ Shutterstock

Why Professional Licenses Are a Barrier to Growth

They're purportedly designed to protect consumers from shoddy work, but in actuality they're wasteful, driving up the costs of everyday services.

Self-Replicating Regulation: How to Trim Government Overlap svet13 /Shutterstock

Self-Replicating Regulation: How to Trim Government Overlap

For far too long, Washington has added laws, programs, and regulations -- but rarely does it look back to see if those initiatives still make sense.

Outdated Laws and Subsidies—How Did It Get So Bad? Reuters

Outdated Laws and Subsidies—How Did It Get So Bad?

Much like a clogged artery, interest-specific legislation has slowly accumulated in the legal code, blocking progress and undermining the health of the system.

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It's Time to Clean House

We elect new representatives, but continue on with policy from decades ago. To go forward, Congress needs to confront the past.

The U.S. Government Is Too Big to Succeed Reuters

The U.S. Government Is Too Big to Succeed

The next president will be impelled and empowered to reform it.

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