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Vicki E. Murray, Author at Pacific Research Institute

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Florida Shows California that Demography is Still Not Destiny

The latest fourth-grade NAEP reading results reveal how California’s failure to reform its public schools is putting students at an alarming disadvantage. Experts note that through third grade children must learn to read, but beginning in fourth grade they must read to learn. If students cannot read at grade level ...
Commentary

Demography Is Still Not Destiny

Florida ’s low-income, Hispanic, and black fourth graders now outperform all California fourth graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment according to a policy brief released today by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a California-based think tank. Demography is Still Not Destiny attributes this striking gap ...
Commentary

State’s new legislators should take cue from Florida on schools

California’s new education boss, Tom Torlakson, has his work cut out for him. He might start by explaining to parents why Florida, a demographically similar state, continues to outpace California in student achievement. On that score, the Golden State still sputters around the bottom of national rankings. California apologists of ...
Education

Lessons from Florida for California’s New Legislators

California’s new state education boss, Tom Torlakson, has his work cut out for him. He might start by explaining to parents why Florida, a demographically similar state, continues to outpace California in student achievement. On that score the Golden State still sputters around the bottom of national rankings. California apologists ...
Education

Confederacy of Dunces–International Edition

Here’s one for the “You-Just-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up” file. In a clever American Spectator column, Daniel Oliver takes aim at Congress, the European Union, the United Nations, in defense of equal educational opportunity for all. Oliver writes, In this contest, readers are asked to identify the bogus news item. All three items are ...
Education

The Hypocrisy and Revisionist History of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

“The political maneuvering of District congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton can be breathtaking,” writes the Washington Examiner’s Jonetta Rose Barras. Norton has requested $5 million for hundreds of D.C. school children whose Opportunity Scholarships were revoked by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan-the fruit of Norton’s poisonous tree. Yet she told ...
Education

Rational Education Policy Working in Cleveland

No wonder almost 40,000 middle-class students have fled the district; while more than 25,000 urban students are attending charter schools and using private-school scholarships. But there are solutions to fix the schools. Among Ms. Snell’s Top 10 recommendations are to: Make every failing school a charter school; Base funding on ...
Education

School Choice Facts at Your Fingertips

This valuable resource includes data, trends, and research about the country’s 18 school voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs, including: • In spite of the worst economic climate in decades, funding for school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs increased by $29 million this year, and student enrollment is up by ...
Commentary

Making the most of education dollars

California’s fiscal outlook continues to worsen. Concern is now mounting over the impact the state’s budget deficit will have on education funding. The California Teachers Association along with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell claims California’s per-pupil funding now ranks 47th nationally. In reality, most experts agree California is ...
Commentary

Why Not Expand Successful G.I. Bill Concept to K-12?

AM1440 KINF – The Andy Caldwell Show (Santa Maria/Lompoc, CA) June 24, 2009 Independent Women’s Forum, June 24, 2009 Human Events, June 18, 2009 This week marks the 65th anniversary of the Servicemembers’ Readjustment Act of 1944, today known as known as the Montgomery G.I. Bill of Rights. By putting ...
Education

Florida Shows California that Demography is Still Not Destiny

The latest fourth-grade NAEP reading results reveal how California’s failure to reform its public schools is putting students at an alarming disadvantage. Experts note that through third grade children must learn to read, but beginning in fourth grade they must read to learn. If students cannot read at grade level ...
Commentary

Demography Is Still Not Destiny

Florida ’s low-income, Hispanic, and black fourth graders now outperform all California fourth graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment according to a policy brief released today by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a California-based think tank. Demography is Still Not Destiny attributes this striking gap ...
Commentary

State’s new legislators should take cue from Florida on schools

California’s new education boss, Tom Torlakson, has his work cut out for him. He might start by explaining to parents why Florida, a demographically similar state, continues to outpace California in student achievement. On that score, the Golden State still sputters around the bottom of national rankings. California apologists of ...
Education

Lessons from Florida for California’s New Legislators

California’s new state education boss, Tom Torlakson, has his work cut out for him. He might start by explaining to parents why Florida, a demographically similar state, continues to outpace California in student achievement. On that score the Golden State still sputters around the bottom of national rankings. California apologists ...
Education

Confederacy of Dunces–International Edition

Here’s one for the “You-Just-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up” file. In a clever American Spectator column, Daniel Oliver takes aim at Congress, the European Union, the United Nations, in defense of equal educational opportunity for all. Oliver writes, In this contest, readers are asked to identify the bogus news item. All three items are ...
Education

The Hypocrisy and Revisionist History of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

“The political maneuvering of District congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton can be breathtaking,” writes the Washington Examiner’s Jonetta Rose Barras. Norton has requested $5 million for hundreds of D.C. school children whose Opportunity Scholarships were revoked by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan-the fruit of Norton’s poisonous tree. Yet she told ...
Education

Rational Education Policy Working in Cleveland

No wonder almost 40,000 middle-class students have fled the district; while more than 25,000 urban students are attending charter schools and using private-school scholarships. But there are solutions to fix the schools. Among Ms. Snell’s Top 10 recommendations are to: Make every failing school a charter school; Base funding on ...
Education

School Choice Facts at Your Fingertips

This valuable resource includes data, trends, and research about the country’s 18 school voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs, including: • In spite of the worst economic climate in decades, funding for school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs increased by $29 million this year, and student enrollment is up by ...
Commentary

Making the most of education dollars

California’s fiscal outlook continues to worsen. Concern is now mounting over the impact the state’s budget deficit will have on education funding. The California Teachers Association along with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell claims California’s per-pupil funding now ranks 47th nationally. In reality, most experts agree California is ...
Commentary

Why Not Expand Successful G.I. Bill Concept to K-12?

AM1440 KINF – The Andy Caldwell Show (Santa Maria/Lompoc, CA) June 24, 2009 Independent Women’s Forum, June 24, 2009 Human Events, June 18, 2009 This week marks the 65th anniversary of the Servicemembers’ Readjustment Act of 1944, today known as known as the Montgomery G.I. Bill of Rights. By putting ...
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