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Education Issues

Higher Education Needs Reform

The number of college instructors who teach four hours or less per week has doubled since 2000...

Student-Based Budgeting Gives Principals More Autonomy

Under the new budgeting guidelines, Chicago Public School principals will gain autonomy over 50 percent of school budgets and must submit and receive approval for each school year's budget...

Superintendents Paid as Much as Corporate CEOs

In Chicago, the public school superintendent makes $250,000 per year while the public school system faces a $665 million budget deficit...

A Short History of K-12 Reform

By 2010 five in every 10 pupils were enrolled in schools that they or their parents played an active role in selecting rather than passively being assigned by a district bureaucracy...

The Great Promise of Online Learning

Higher education students taking at least one online class has risen from less than 10 percent in 2002 to more than 30 percent in 2010...

Arizona Leads Nation in School Choice

Arizona's open enrollment law allows any child to enroll in any public school in the state as long as a completed application is submitted to a school or district during an open enrollment period...

More Teachers Are Grouping Kids by Ability

Between 1998 and 2009, the percentage of fourth grade teachers who said they created ability-based reading groups jumped from 28 percent to 71 percent...

Colleges Offer Deals to Lure New Students

Spring Arbor University in Michigan agreed in February to pick up a portion of tuition costs for students working 30 hours per week and making less than $37,000 following graduation...

Case for Universal Preschool Lacks Compelling Evidence

Oklahoma went from being 24th in the country in graduation rates in 1998 when it implemented universal preschool to 25th in the country in 2012; Georgia from 46th in 1995 to 45th in 2012...

Harlem Children's Zone Brings Progress and Hope

Ninety-five percent of seniors in Harlem Children's Zone after-school programs were accepted into college...


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