From: Heartland Institute: The Government Relations Team
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: The Leaflet - Support National School Choice Week
Date: Thu Jan 23 21:05:00 MST 2014


Support National School Choice Week


Join The Heartland Institute in celebration of National School Choice Week 2014! The week will officially kick off in Houston, Texas on January 25 at an event featuring U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During the week there are expected to be more than 5,500 events nationwide in support of choice in education, including one being hosted by Heartland in Chicago.

Joy Pullmann, Heartland’s research fellow for education issues, points out there is a lot to celebrate this year: “The Wall Street Journal dubbed 2011 ‘the year of school choice’ because 13 states enacted school choice laws, and another 28 considered doing so. That was just the beginning. From 2011 to 2013, 26 states passed 47 school choice laws, according to the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. In 2013, 11 states passed new or expanded existing private school choice programs.”

We’re planning in earnest for our 2014 education projects. If you’d like to have Heartland Institute experts come to your state to speak or testify on Common Core and other education topics, please contact Heartland’s director of government relations, John Nothdurft at 312/377-4000, email



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Research & Commentary: Wisconsin Income Tax Repeal


Eighteen states made a total of 25 meaningful tax cuts during the 2013 legislative session. Wisconsin took major steps to improve its economic competitiveness and reduce the tax burden shouldered by Wisconsin businesses and households. The state is expected to continue down the path of lowering or even eliminating its income tax. Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Glans argues eliminating Wisconsin’s income tax would be a strong step toward making the state more competitive and attracting new business. Read More



Heartland Daily Podcast: Verizon vs. FCC and the Future of Net Neutrality


The D.C. Circuit Court struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s 2010 “net neutrality” rule requiring Internet service providers to treat all traffic across their networks the same – discriminating against none and favoring none. On this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Jim Lakely, co-director of Heartland’s Center on the Digital Economy, and Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute discuss the ramifications of this decision. It’s the second time in three years the D.C. Circuit has declared illegal the FCC’s attempts to impose binding net neutrality regulations. Read More



State of the State Addresses: The Governors on Education


Research Fellow Joy Pullmann has been keeping an eye on the governors’ proposals for education during state of the state week across the country. Read about what governors are proposing for education spending, vouchers, and school-year length. Read More



Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard


A bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania that will repeal the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires 18 percent of electricity sold by 2020 to come from renewable or approved alternative sources. Policy Analyst Taylor Smith lauds the repeal proposal, saying, “Pennsylvania should not pick winners and losers by mandating the use of certain types of energy. Instead, lawmakers should encourage the development of economically competitive energy sources through non-distorting regulatory and tax policies.” Read More






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