Study: Public schools just as good as private schools

LiveScience reports that students in public schools have math scores that are just as good as, if not better than, those of students in private schools, according to a new national study. The research focused on 9,791 kindergarten through fifth-grade students across several years. "These data provide strong, longitudinal evidence that public schools are at least as effective as private schools in boosting student achievement," said researcher Christopher Lubienski of the University of Illinois. Combined with other, yet-unpublished studies of the same data, which produced similar findings, "we think this effectively ends the debate about whether private schools are more effective than publics," said Lubienski, whose research has dealt with all aspects of alternative education…

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