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Education Issues

Schools Waste Funds on Phantom Students

Funding phantom students delivers the message that school districts should continue delivering education the way they have for the last century...

Real Educational Reform Is on the Horizon

Today's most promising experiments in K-12 education combine computerized instruction with immediate assessment and feedback, while carefully linking students to the best traditional classroom teaching practices...

Tribal Colleges: A Dubious Government Investment

The main emphasis for tribal colleges is on training students to serve the social services programs on a reservation -- the needs of tribes determine the course offerings...

Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor

A survey of fourth grade teachers finds that 71 percent had grouped students by reading ability in 2009, up from 28 percent in 1998...

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...


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