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Education Issues

Misguided Campaign to Get Rid of Single-Sex Classroom

Fifty-five percent of boys in coed classes scored proficient on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, compared with 85 percent of boys in the all-boys classes...

Pay Raises for Teachers with Master's under Fire

The nation spends an estimated $15 billion annually on salary bumps for teachers who earn master's degrees, even though research shows the diplomas don't necessarily lead to higher student achievement...

Market Based Approach to Lower Tuition Costs

Allowing students to earn discounts on university tuition by choosing majors with strong career prospects would better align interests and incentives of students and schools...

Lack of Financial Transparency in Public Education

Very few state education departments provide complete and timely financial data that is understandable to the general public...

Arizona School Outperforms Shanghai on International Exam

BASIS Tucson North charter school outscored all 40 countries that administered the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment exam...

Elite Colleges: No Chance for Low-Income Students

The college-recruitment and -application processes for low-income students are like a middle-school dance -- both colleges and students are holding up the walls, curiously staring at each other across the expanse of gym floor...

The Educational Value of Field Trips

A survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that more than half of schools eliminated planned field trips in 2010-2011...

Boston Politics Halt Charter School Growth

The powers that be are blocking Boston's best schools from growing for the simple reason that they are charter schools...

Veterans and Higher Education

Billions in federal tax dollars under the GI Bill are going to profit-motivated educational institutions, which are 80 percent less likely to result in a degree than a non-profit and on average cost up to 400 percent more, say Kyle Buckley, a former graduate student fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis and a veteran of the U.S. Army, and Lloyd M. Bentsen IV, a senior research fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Reforming Teacher Compensation

Public school districts should increase the amount of teacher compensation that is paid directly as salary and reduce the amount of compensation that is devoted to retirement benefits in order to match the norm for similarly situated workers in the private sector...


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