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When Common Core & Climate Change Collide – Ret. Prof. Dr. James Rust

The link to the Common Core science standards is founder here. Going to the link, my interpretation of the Common Core science standards is that they are based on three publications from the National Academy of Sciences. The report dealing with course material is called “A Framework for K-12 Education”, published in 2012. This report […]

Labor, Education & Pensions Issues

The School Choice Staffing Surge: Decades of Employment Growth in America’s Public Schools – By Benjamin Scafidi

July 03, 2014 J

Read full report HERE Get an interactive chart with state-by-state breakdowns from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice HERE America’s K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 […]

More Than Scores: An Analysis of Why & How Parents Choose Private Schools – By Benjamin Scafidi & Jim Kelly

July 03, 2014 J

Read report HERE. This report uses the results of a survey administered to Georgia parents of K–12 private school scholarship recipients to address three questions: In choosing the private school education best suited for the overall needs of their children, do parents primarily focus on the results from standardized tests administered to students attending the […]

Time To Restructure Testing – By Kelly McCutchen

May 22, 2014 J

Across Georgia, tension is in the air as 1.6 million students endure the annual ritual of end-of-year testing. Nervous students, parents and teachers feel the pressure: The efforts of an entire year hinge upon the performance at this one point in time. Without a doubt, testing has a vital and necessary role in education. Why […]

School Choice Increases Property Values

April 17, 2014 J

A recent study concludes that school choice increases local property values, says Ashley Bateman of the Heartland Institute. Looking at New York City, student performance increased with the expansion of charter schools. Not only did graduation rates rise, but net income and housing demand in those neighborhoods also increased. In all, the authors found that […]

Georgia and the Common Core: It’s Time To Believe In Ourselves Again – By Joel Aaron Foster

January 29, 2014 J

Common Core curriculum standards have been widely and loudly opposed by Americans For Prosperity activists and other civic groups around Georgia. At the same time, many teachers in the classroom are concerned with the incessant back-and-forth calls for continual curriculum changes that create difficulty for the instructional process. There is a balance between the two […]