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Education Issues

It Is Time to Shorten Summer Vacation

How can schools substantially lengthen the school year without spending any more money than they currently have?

Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

Since 2007, enrollment in charter schools has jumped from 1.3 million to 2 million students, an increase of 59 percent...

High Confidence Not Translating to High Math Scores for Students

As shown by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, the average U.S. student with high confidence only scored 551 on the test, just half a standard deviation from the average score of 500...

"Mainstreaming" Special Ed Students Needs Debate

Nationwide, about 60 percent of students with disabilities spend at least 80 percent of their instructional time in regular classrooms...

Classroom Flipping: The Unproven Education Phenomenon

The flipped classroom model doesn't tackle the root causes of the lack of motivation that persists among many low-achieving students...

After-School Tutoring Skyrockets in South Korea

In 2012, South Korean parents spent more than $17 billion on private after-school tutoring...

Are Education Savings Accounts the Future?

Schools should be transforming existing voucher and tax credit programs into flexible education savings accounts...

Charter School Successfully Uses Virtual Blending in Education

As public budgets shrink and technology enables increasingly individualized instruction, schools are rightly looking toward online models for ways to improve student performance...

Retirement Benefits Represent Big and Growing Cost for Schools

For a superintendent, contributions to a pension plan are 53 percent higher, but expected benefits are 89 percent higher than those of a career teacher...

More Education, Better Retirement

College graduates on average receive $8,482 in annual retirement income other than Social Security -- $6,500 more per year than high school graduates, says Lewis Warne, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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