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Education Issues

Curriculum Wars

If Common Core is interpreted as requiring all students to take the same courses, there is going to be controversy, especially in the area of math tracking starting in middle school...

Districts of Choice in California

In 2010, the first year operating as a District of Choice, 161 students moved to Riverside schools; in 2013-2014, 535 new students transferred to Riverside from neighboring districts...

New Ideas About Remedial Courses

It can be difficult to measure how effective remedial interventions are...

Politics of Higher Education Reform

Looking at all Pell Grant and federal loan money that went to undergraduates at U.S. colleges, the median congressional district received more than $167 million in aid in the 2011-2012 year...

Teacher Tenure on Trial

North Carolina and South Dakota have ended their public school tenure systems, and Arizona has made firing poorly performing teachers an easier task...

School Choice Increases Property Values

A recent study found that the opening of a new charter school led to a 3.7 percent increase in home prices in the same zip code, just a year later...

Graduate Students Hold Disproportionate Amount of Student Debt

The debt load for graduate-level borrowers (those graduating with a master's, medical, law or doctoral degree) increased 43 percent between 2004 and 2012...

Research Shows Benefits of School Choice

Of the 23 studies that have been conducted analyzing the impact of school choice on the students who remain in traditional public schools, 22 of them found that school choice improves those students' outcomes as well...

No Link between Spending and Academic Performance

Seventeen year olds' academic performance on a national scale has been stagnant since 1970 across all subjects, despite K-12 education costs tripling...

Colleges Try to Measure Employment Success

Positive employment numbers provided by universities can be misleading because of small response rates...


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