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Education Issues

School Choice Essential Element in Learning

The public school system tries to address student diversity by creating options within large, mall-like campuses, says John Merrifield, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Increased Higher Education Spending Benefits Construction

In 2012, $3.7 billion worth of student housing projects traded hands, which was double the previous year's total...

Texas Voucher Program Increased Local Development

Edgewood Independent School District started a voucher program in 1998 and saw an increase in enrollment in 2002 of 3.5 percent, its first increase in enrollment in many years, says John Merrifield, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

No Substitute for a Teacher

Nationally, 36 percent of teachers are absent more than 10 days per year...

Obama's Misguided Education Policy

Fourteen years after Oklahoma implemented universal preschool, its fourth grade reading score is down 10 points on the National Assessment Education Progress report card...

Student-Loan Delinquencies Soar

Thirty-five percent of people under age 30 who have student loans were at least 90 days late on their payments at the end of last year, up from 26 percent in 2008 and 21 percent at the end of 2004...

Private School Choice: Options for Texas Children

Surveys have found that 40 percent to 60 percent of suburban, urban and rural students are not engaged with public school content, say John Merrifield, Lewis Warne, Lloyd Bentsen IV, Courtney O'Sullivan and Joe Barnett of the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Why Men Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Men without college degrees face better job prospects than equivalently educated women, at least in the short term...

The Rising Cost of Teachers' Health Care

For single health insurance coverage, employer costs for private-sector employees are 82 percent of those for teachers...

Disclosing Recent Grad Wages May Help Prospective Students

With a large number of recent graduates unemployed, providing more information may be a way to ensure that students know what return on investment they can expect from their college education...


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