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Mississippi Education Spending Rises, Student Achievement Sits

Despite massive increases in public education funding, student performance has either remained constant or declined nationwide. Mississippi is no different. A study by the Cato Institute’s Andrew J. Coulson, director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom, analyzed data collected since 1972 for per-pupil spending and student performance using state SAT score averages adjusted for participation rates and student demographics. Mississippi education spending has risen...

Vouchers a ‘Gift from God’ for Wisconsin Family

When Daniel Bradley found out last year that his five school-aged children would be eligible for the statewide school choice program, he had no idea how much of an impact it would have on his family. The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program was created by Gov. Scott Walker in time for the 2013-14 school year and, according to Bradley, “Has been a blessing, it’s a gift from God.” For 13 years, Bradley has worked for the Frito-Lay company in Beloit as a forklift operator and his wife is in school...

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