Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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Getting serious about saving for college

Education | Funds in 529 education plans reach all-time high
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/17/18, 04:16 pm

Americans are funneling money into 529 college savings accounts at record rates.

Total investments in the funds grew to $328.9 billion as of June 30, according to the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN). Perhaps bolstered by the stock market’s seemingly endless climb during the first half of the year, assets grew by $9.8 billion in just six months. The average account now tops $24,000, more than double the average from 10 years ago.

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Education economics 101

Education | Despite the prevailing narrative of impoverished teachers, most make a pretty good living
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/10/18, 03:27 pm

Teachers are underpaid and overworked. At least that’s the prevailing narrative driving conversations about education funding across the country.

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Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Tax cap tourniquet

Education | Fight over state and local tax deductions squeezes student scholarship programs
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/03/18, 01:04 pm

Alleane West knew her four sons had potential. But growing up in Mobile, Ala., they had few educational options and plenty of opportunity to get off track. When she and her oldest son, Nick, discovered the state’s tax credit scholarship program, it felt like a lifeline.

“It was a relief that nobody would understand unless you know you’re a single mom with boys, trying to not make them a statistic,” West said in a video produced by the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

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