by Cathy Cuthbert, NEO Board of Directors
 
If you'd like to have a glimpse of the future of education, take a look at the Mises Academy, a project of the Mises Institute, an Auburn, Alabama based economics think tank.
 
Since this summer they have been providing short courses in various topics in economics and history. They are using an interactive website not only to provide live video lectures, but to post the reading material, to link to additional audio and video in
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by Tammy Drennan, NEO Senior Writer
 
For those who feel schools should and can be reformed, there is a plethora of evidence to the contrary to overcome, but let's focus right now on just one: Common Standards.
 
The battle is on in earnest, as happens with all reform initiatives. If the Common Standards reform goes through, it will likely do so as most others do -- watered down in the name of compromise and inclined to fizzle out by the time everyone is ready to launch the
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by Cathy Cuthbert, NEO Board of Directors
 
We know tax revenues are down in every state and the word has gone out to dream up ways to squeeze taxpayers hard. Who hasn't noticed the virtual explosion in speed traps, as if a $20 billion budget deficit can be closed with a handful of $200 speeding tickets a day? And there's the tried and true, "We'll have to cut police and fire departments"--which to my way of thinking is hardly a threat. But you have to hand it to them, they've
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by Tammy Drennan, NEO Senior Writer
 
Vermont makes state number 36 to sign on to the latest education reform fad: National, or Common, Standards.
 
Who will benefit from common standards?
 
First, let's face it, what's currently taught at what grade levels in what schools across the nation hardly differs enough to be called uncommon standards.
 
The other day I was reading a memoir in which the author recounted having to write a "country report" in the
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by Cathy Cuthbert, NEO Board of Directors
 
Rep. Michele Bachmann let the cat out of the bag. She "made the charge last week during an appearance on Fox Business Network. 'Taxpayer money will essentially be laundered through the public employee unions, and spent to reelect those same Democrats this fall,' Bachmann said, speaking about the $26 billion in state aid for education. 'And it will be used to go after the Republicans who refused to vote for the program.'"
 
For anyone
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