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Education Issues

Why Are Progressives Fighting to Keep Poor Children in Failing Schools?

Research shows that charter schools not only improve the charters themselves, but the schools around them...

Online Courses for High School

In 2013, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed a law allowing massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be taken for high school credit in any subject in which the state gave an end-of-year exam...

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement

By eliminating only the bottom 5 percent to 8 percent of teachers, American student achievement could rise to the level of achievement in Canada, which translates into an average paycheck increase of 20 percent each year, for the next 80 years for all workers...

Curriculum Wars

If Common Core is interpreted as requiring all students to take the same courses, there is going to be controversy, especially in the area of math tracking starting in middle school...

Districts of Choice in California

In 2010, the first year operating as a District of Choice, 161 students moved to Riverside schools; in 2013-2014, 535 new students transferred to Riverside from neighboring districts...

New Ideas About Remedial Courses

It can be difficult to measure how effective remedial interventions are...

Politics of Higher Education Reform

Looking at all Pell Grant and federal loan money that went to undergraduates at U.S. colleges, the median congressional district received more than $167 million in aid in the 2011-2012 year...

Teacher Tenure on Trial

North Carolina and South Dakota have ended their public school tenure systems, and Arizona has made firing poorly performing teachers an easier task...

School Choice Increases Property Values

A recent study found that the opening of a new charter school led to a 3.7 percent increase in home prices in the same zip code, just a year later...

Graduate Students Hold Disproportionate Amount of Student Debt

The debt load for graduate-level borrowers (those graduating with a master's, medical, law or doctoral degree) increased 43 percent between 2004 and 2012...


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