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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Picking up the for-profit-college tab

Education | Fight over college regulations has big—and expensive—implications for taxpayers
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/19/18, 04:29 pm

Students seeking either a career change or a four-year-degree alternative flocked to for-profit colleges after the 2008 financial crisis. Enrollment at for-profit schools ballooned from 230,000 in the early 1990s to about 2 million in 2010. Programs offered certifications for a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, and business.

Some schools made dramatic claims about the financial windfall their training would bring. They seemed too good to be true—turns out, many of them were.

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School safety becomes school choice rallying cry

Education | Renewed attention to violence in public schools could boost efforts to give parents more say over their students’ education
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/12/18, 05:00 pm

Concern over school safety has fanned the flames of gun control efforts and prompted debates about metal detectors and arming teachers. But could it also give the school choice movement a boost?

Advocates hope so and are rallying behind a new safety-themed choice program: the Child Safety Account (CSA). It would give money to parents who want to take their students out of neighborhood public schools because of bullying, harassment, threats, or actual violence. Parents could use those funds to pay for other public schools, private schools, or homeschool expenses.

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North Korea holds muted military parade

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/10/18, 10:35 am

North Korea marked its 70th anniversary on Sunday with a massive military parade in Pyongyang. While the country normally highlights its most advanced war-fighting machinery, this year’s celebration did not include intercontinental ballistic missiles or any mention of nuclear weapons. Instead the anniversary events focused on civilian efforts to boost the country’s economy. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended the parade but did not address the crowd.

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