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Education Issues

Education Reform: Milwaukee's School System

In a 2010 study, Milwaukee came in 19th out of 25 cities ranked when examining the nation's best and worst cities for school reform...

Charter Schools: Modern Education at Its Finest

Both low-income Arizona charter school students and average charter school students outperform their traditional public school peers on national assessments...

Charter Authorizers Face Challenges

As of 2011-2012, 957 agencies served as charter school authorizers, and fewer than 80 were entities other than school districts or state education departments, meaning that 92 percent of all authorizers are "within the educational establishment"...

Public Spending Per Student Drops

Spending for elementary and high schools across the 50 states and Washington, D.C., averaged $10,560 per pupil in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 -- down 0.4 percent from 2010, the first drop since 1977...

School Choice: Will It Create a Segregated America?

There is a lack of any consistent relationship between charter schools and segregation...

Subsidizing Failure

There is at least one place with huge potential for ending wasteful higher education spending: to stop subsidizing students who do not graduate and put their education to good use...

More Transparency Is Needed in Education

The median student borrower now owes nearly $14,000, while the returns on college degrees have actually decreased over the last decade...

How to Tell if College Presidents Are Overpaid

The median salary of public university presidents rose 4.7 percent in 2011-2012 to more than $440,000 a year, vastly outpacing the rate of inflation, as well as the earnings of the typical worker in the U.S. economy...

Parent Trigger Laws Empower Parents for School Change

Given the track record of public education, parent triggers empower parents to take a more active role in their child's education...

Parent Trigger: There's a Better Way

The parent trigger is useful because it gets parents involved in their child's education, but it is doubtful that it will lead to long-term systematic changes...


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