Education

Improving Virginia’s School Standards to Support Achievement and Innovation August 23, 2016 Submitted to the Virginia Board of Education, Committee on the Standards of Quality   President Cannaday and Members of the Virginia Board of Education, We are writing to provide the input of the Lexington Institute as the [Read More...]
Updating Virginia Education Rules to Support Personalizing Learning (From Richmond Times-Dispatch) With last year’s SOL test scores just released, it is important to consider how Virginia can revitalize holding divisions and schools accountable for student results under a new federal education law. This is a pivotal opportunity for the commonwealth to [Read More...]
New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity: A Chance for All to Succeed From New Jersey Spotlight Competing new school finance proposals from Governor Christie and Senate Democrats each seek to use funding changes to improve student outcomes across the state.  Both sides describe their plan as supporting equality of opportunity, but neither [Read More...]
Appropriations Committee Approves Funding for Personalized Learning Districts looking to implement personalized learning will have support from federal funding, as a result of spending approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in December strongly encourages personalized learning and [Read More...]
Strategies for Improving Charter School Facilities Funding Executive Summary Costs associated with accessing and maintaining viable facilities can present an expensive hurdle for public charter schools.  This paper discusses five strategies in use in different jurisdictions to support charter schools by reducing the cost and challenges related [Read More...]
Virginia’s Sensible Upgrades to its Charter School Law For supporters (and opponents) of public charter schools, Virginia’s 2016 General Assembly session attracted a great deal of attention to proposed legislation, authored by Senator Mark Obenshain, which sought to allow the state board of education to approve new charter [Read More...]
A Golden Chance for States to Fuel Educational Opportunity Pensacola (FL) News Journal States and school districts have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to pursue student-centered, results-oriented policy and funding for their educational systems in order to provide greater opportunity and equality for students. This is a pivotal time for our [Read More...]
Equality of Educational Opportunity Must Recognize Success of Student Outcomes – Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights WRITTEN TESTIMONY FOR THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS BRIEFING ON Public Education Funding Inequality in an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation DOUG MESECAR ADJUNCT SCHOLAR, LEXINGTON INSTITUTE MAY 20, 2016 Equality of Educational Opportunity Must Recognize [Read More...]
Improving Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Military-Connected Students From the Newport News Daily Press “Tip of the spear” is a phrase sometimes used in military operations to mean the first soldiers and sailors to go into combat. In civilian usage, it can mean the first to venture into [Read More...]
Charter Schools Would Benefit Virginia’s Military Families (From the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot) Virginia’s Senate Democrats and a small number of Republicans earlier this spring defeated legislation making it easier to build more quality charter schools. This may prove most costly for Virginia’s military families, who will have to wait longer for quality [Read More...]
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