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Has interest in homeschooling waned?

Education | Researchers dispute government data showing no growth in the number of homeschooled students
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/11/17, 03:45 pm

A U.S. government survey released last week showed interest in homeschooling appears to have leveled off in the last five years. Education analysts pointed to the results as evidence that the homeschooling “fad” had reached its peak after three decades, but homeschooling experts disputed that conclusion—and the data it’s based on.

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New York’s ‘free tuition’ gamble

Education | More than half of students at state colleges and universities now pay nothing to attend class
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/04/17, 01:17 pm

More than a month after most college students sat through their first lecture of the year, the New York governor’s office released details about how many of them are doing it for free.

About 400,000 students attend schools in the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, and just a little more than half of them—53 percent—do not pay any tuition. That number got a bump this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Excelsior Scholarship program.

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The national education albatross

Education | Newly released student loan data paints a bleak picture for graduates and the U.S. taxpayer
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/27/17, 03:31 pm

The federal government now holds $1.34 trillion in outstanding student loans, a jaw-dropping quantification of the importance Americans place on a college education.

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