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Choice lessons from national report card

Education | Education reformers say latest student performance report shows benefit of school choice initiatives
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/18/18, 03:11 pm

Education reform advocates are pointing to the latest national “report card” as evidence more spending and government oversight can’t fix the nation’s public school system.

According to standardized test results released last week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 40 percent of fourth-graders and 33 percent of eighth-graders are proficient in reading and math. Those numbers haven’t changed markedly from two years ago, when students last took the test.

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Solving Christian higher education’s diversity problem

Education | A new scholarship program for Memphis students could offer a model for other minority recruitment efforts
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/11/18, 04:01 pm

Christian colleges and universities have a diversity problem.

While only about 50 percent of public school students are white, 66 percent of students enrolled in colleges belonging to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities are white. That disparity draws attention to a disconnect between Christian higher education and the nation’s growing ethnic community, said Pete Menjares, a professor at Vanguard University and a senior fellow for diversity at the CCCU.

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No cash? No credit? No problem!

Education | States race to implement free college programs, sticking taxpayers with the rising tuition bills
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/04/18, 01:42 pm

A new analysis by The Century Foundation, a liberal think tank, shows 16 states now have at least one so-called “college promise” program offering free tuition to eligible students. Half of these programs launched in 2017, illustrating the growing popularity of the free degree.

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