• Why school vouchers are worth a shot
    Widespread voucher usage could help make that economic surge happen. And for all the backlash, there is no serious downside to increasing vouchers. While vouchers have failed to transform struggling students into Harvard-bound prodigies, not one study has showed that vouchers students do worse than their economic peers in public schools, according to University of Arkansas education professor Patrick Wolf, a researcher on both the Washington and the Milwaukee studies.
  • A-PLUS Act: A Conservative Approach to No Child Left Behind
    This new legislation, introduced April 14, would allow states to opt out of the notorious compliance burden inherent in NCLB and give them greater freedom to decide how their education dollars are spent to meet their students’ needs.
  • Budget Cuts Lead Some AP Students to Enroll Online
    For students in districts facing budget cuts, online courses are becoming an increasingly popular option.
  • Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009-10 – First Look
    This First Look presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools in the United States and the territories in the 2009-10 school year. Findings include: About 49 million students attended 98,817 operating public elementary/secondary schools in the 2009–10 school year. Almost 1.6 million students were enrolled in 4,952 charter schools in 2009-10. Across all active regular public schools with students, the pupil/teacher ratio in 2009-10 was 16.1. Pupil/teacher ratio ranged from 10.9 in Vermont to 23.4 in Utah. The CCD and this report are products of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences.
  • All You Have to Do Is Let Go of the Monopoly
    there is an option that should appeal to them, one that injects essential parent power and competition into education while giving educators the professional autonomy they crave. It is school choice — educational freedom — and it is the reform that wins the great education debate.
  • Haslam: what’s next for education
    Gov. Bill Haslam talks one on one with Volunteer TV, says education reform stems from a single belief.

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