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Education Issues

School Choice Enrollment at Record High

The number of students using school choice programs -- whether vouchers, scholarships funded by donors receiving tax credits, or educational savings accounts -- increased from 260,000 to 301,000 in the 2013-2014 school year...

Public School Battle Map

Researchers at the Cato Institute have developed an interactive map that allows users to explore the conflicts taking place across U.S. public schools...

Some States Dump Common Core Tests

Controversy over Common Core standards has led some states to withdraw from the testing programs...

Universal Preschool Not Worth the Cost

Positive effects for children in the Head Start program were limited to the one year spent in Head Start and did not extend to kindergarten or first grade...

Higher Grades Lead to Higher GDP

Countries with poor student scores -- South Africa, Argentina, the Philippines and Peru -- saw economic growth that was 2 percent less than it would have been had their test scores been at the world average...

Technology in Texas Public Schools

More than 50 percent of school districts interviewed indicated that the most difficult part of technology integration has been getting teachers to buy into the programs...

Traditional School District Models Changing

Twelve years ago, Pennsylvania handed over the operations of low-performing schools in the Philadelphia school system to more than 40 private non-profit and for-profit entities...

How Teachers Can Use Technology

Schools need to assess their problems and only then analyze whether new technologies could possibly solve those problems...

Students Subsidizing Classmates through Tuition Set-Asides

In the 2012-2013 year, students transferred $512,401,435 of their tuition to their needy peers through need-based subsidies -- an increase from a level of $186,960,962 in the 2005-2006 school year...

Support for School Choice

When survey respondents were given six different school choice options, they most favored tax credits and least favored low-income vouchers...


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