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THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE: ATHLETICS STRENGTHENS STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND DOESN’T EVEN COST THAT MUCH

Note from Scott Milder, Friends of Texas Public Schools President and CEO Following an incredible conversation with Northside ISD’s Athletic Director Stanley Laing, I asked permission to publish his report on expenditures versus results for student athletes versus non-athlete students in his ...

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Education and the income gap

By Linda Darling-Hammond There is much handwringing about low educational attainment in the United States these days. We hear constantly about U.S. rankings on assessments like the international PISA tests: The United States was 14th in reading, 21st in science, 25th in math in 2009, for example. W...

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Understanding the Fundamental Cost of Education

By Charles A. Luke, Ed.D. In today’s volatile economic and political climate education stands out as a topic that seems to polarize people in one camp or the other. Of all the educational issues that we disagree about, the cost of education appears to be one of the most divisive. Some peopl...

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Advanced Placement participation and scores increase in Texas

Participation in Advanced Placement (AP) tests by Texas public school students was up by 4 percent in the 2011-2012 school year. According to data from the College Board, performance increased for all students by 9.1 percent, with African-American and Hispanic students showing the greatest gain in p...

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