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Andrew J. Coulson
by | Jun 17, 2011

Student achievement at the end of high school has stagnated or declined, depending on the subject, since we started keeping track around 1970. Over that period, the cost of sending a child through the K-12 public system tripled, even after…

by | Feb 14, 2007

Three percent of Utah students currently attend private schools. In the Netherlands, the figure is 75 percent. The difference? The Dutch enacted their universal school voucher program in 1917, and Utah’s passed just last week. In a nail-biting 38-37 vote…

by | Nov 13, 2006

Some parents cried, some screamed, and one man had to be wrestled out of the room by security guards. It sounds like a school hostage crisis, but that’s actually a description of a Seattle School Board meeting last month. The…

by | Oct 11, 2006

In the eighties, Republicans talked of abolishing the federal Department of Education. In the nineties, they blocked President Clinton’s quest for national education standards. Former Reagan education secretary William Bennett even dubbed America’s bloated school monopolies “the Blob.” But with…

by | Apr 28, 2006

Comedian Steven Wright once claimed that he had named his dog “Stay.” Every time he called for him, he’d say: “Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!” Confused the heck out of him. The Florida Supreme Court has done pretty much…

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