Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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Smaller class size may not always be better

Education | International study questions conventional wisdom on student-teacher ratios
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/21/18, 05:50 pm

U.S. schools have long emphasized small class sizes as the best environment for teaching and learning. But education experts don’t agree on the benefits, with dueling studies showing both significant and minimal effects.

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Scaling back on school choice?

Education | Education savings account programs in Arizona and New Mexico suffer midterm setbacks
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/14/18, 04:36 pm

School choice advocates are spinning last week’s election results in the most positive light possible.

“School choice victorious in the 2018 elections,” read the headline on a press release issued by the American Federation for Children.

That’s a bit of a stretch. While voters elected pro–school choice candidates in many states, they dealt a significant blow to the choice movement’s flagship initiative—the education savings account (ESA).

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Education reforms largely fail midterms

Education | School funding became a rallying cry this spring but had mixed results at the ballot box Tuesday
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/07/18, 05:26 pm

Education played a much smaller role than expected in Tuesday’s midterm elections following teacher strikes this year. Activists hoped a pro-education wave would wash over state capitols and, in some cases, governors’ mansions. But the advocacy championed by teachers unions had mixed results.

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