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Education Issues

Schools Have Freedom to Make Reforms

Many school administrators have operated under the mentality that they are hemmed in by rules for so long that when they are given greater freedom they act as if their flexibility is still restricted...

Student Loans: The Next Housing Crisis?

Sixty-six percent of recent college grads have outstanding student loans totaling more than $25,000...

Common Core K-12 Curriculum Requirements

Full implementation of the Common Core curriculum is estimated to cost between $3 billion and $16 billion, including costs for new textbooks, teacher training and technology upgrades...

How to Improve the Quality of K-12 Teachers

If student outcomes are to improve, we must improve the quality of teachers...

Head Start Has High Costs and Very Few Benefits

By the third grade, effects of the $8 billion-a-year Head Start program all but completely disappear...

Public Colleges Spend Six Times More on Athletes

Spending per athlete totaled $92,000 for academic institutions in the Football Bowl Subdivision while spending on full-time students' education was less than $14,000...

Expansion of Arizona's School Voucher System Takes Effect

Arizona's school voucher program has been expanded from only including disabled children to include children that go to schools receiving a D or F letter grade...

Are Sleepy Students Learning?

The general rule of thumb is that adolescents should be getting about eight or nine hours of sleep; under this measure, only 8 percent of teens report optimal sleep...

High-Profile Studies Overrate Going to College and Picking the Right Major

Only 58 percent of new college students that started in 2004 graduated in six years...

Education in the Media, 2012: Hits and Misses

The most important but neglected education stories in the media in 2012 included common core academic content for standards for English and mathematics, online or digital learning, and Louisiana's educational transformation...


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