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September 17, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation aimed at expanding and promoting charter schools throughout the country. CER provides background details about charter schools in New Hampshire and Maine including the size of the state’s waitlist. Read more »
September 14, 2011
More bad news on the national education front: The College Board announced Wednesday that the mean SAT reading score for the high school class of 2011 fell 3 points from 2010′s mean — to 497, making it the lowest reading score since 1972. Read more »
September 10, 2011
In the aftermath of 9/11, we were reminded that generations of students lack a fundamental understanding of history. Today, U.S. students continue to struggle in geography, civics, and history, but the events of 9/11 continue to offer students a chance to put history and world culture in context. Only once we obtain a solid proficiency in all core subjects, will we be able to understand, and fight against, the causes and results of 9/11. Read more »
September 4, 2011
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts," said the late great Daniel Patrick Moynihan. And indeed, the PDK/Gallup poll underscores the wisdom offered by the former Senior Senator from New York, no doubt in the larger public policy context of his day. While everyone has opinions, pollsters are supposed to provide at least a baseline of data to allow... Read more »
September 4, 2011
Once upon a time, labor unions stepped, to collectively support and advance the rights of people to work and be given adequate wages, benefits and a quality environment. It was great, when it was needed. Today those same unions -- in this case in education -- no longer protect people who are being abused, neglected, forced to work 15-hour days with no break for food or bathroom. Read more »