Conservative Think Tank Reveals Which State Has The Most Free Education System In The Country | Eastern North Carolina Now | The Heritage Foundation will release a new ranking of educational freedom among the states on Friday, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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    The Heritage Foundation will release a new ranking of educational freedom among the states on Friday, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

    The unveiling of the conservative think tank's latest project occurs as the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress shows average scores for nine-year-olds plummeting five points in reading and seven points in mathematics. Amid the rapid decline in education outcomes - which immediately follows school lockdowns that disrupted learning in the spring of 2020 - parents are increasingly concerned over the encroachment of radical gender theory and other left-wing ideologies into classrooms.

    Beyond performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and access to school choice, Heritage's "Education Freedom Report Card" considers spending per pupil, teacher-to-non-teacher staff ratios, and unfunded teacher pension liabilities as a proportion of state gross domestic product. The top-ranked state in the group's inaugural report is Florida.

    "The Sunshine State embraces education freedom across the board," the analysis explained. "Florida does exceptionally well in allowing parents to choose among private, charter, and district schools, is home to a strong ESA program, and ranks third overall for education choice. Florida ranks first among states for academic transparency. Among other protections, state lawmakers set a high standard for academic transparency, and reject critical race theory's pernicious ideas."

    New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C., ranked at the bottom of the list as policymakers neglect to "provide transparency, accountability, and choice to families." In second place, however, was Arizona, which recently greenlit $6,500 in tuition vouchers per child that parents can apply to private schools, homeschools, or learning pods.

    Many parents turned to homeschooling and private schools as their local districts continued with virtual instruction. Homeschooling rates across the country grew from 5.4% to 11% between March 2020 and September 2020 alone, one report from the Census Bureau found last year.

    While responding to a question about dismal readings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre provoked criticism by suggesting that Republicans prevented schools from reopening sooner amid the rollback of government lockdowns.

    "That was the work of this president. And that was the work of Democrats, in spite of Republicans not voting for the American Rescue Plan," she explained, referring to $130 billion in funding for schools greenlit by the $1.9 trillion legislation. "Every Republican in Congress voted against that money. That is the reality. We had to do this on our own."

    However, several Democratic lawmakers and politicians - including Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield - had pushed for a delay to normal instruction. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said during a July 2021 interview with MSNBC that increasing vaccination rates was necessary to "keep kids safe" and "keep our members safe" amid attempts "to open up schools."

    More recently, teachers unions have called for more funding as labor shortages impact the education sector. However, a report from the National Center for Education Statistics indicated that the inflation-adjusted yearly expenditure per American pupil rose from $4,060 to $15,424 between 1960 and 2017. Another study from the Department of Education revealed that schools increased the number of non-teaching staff by 702% between 1950 to 2009 despite hiring 252% more teachers over the same period.

In what may be the most divisive period in modern American History, even more divisive than the turbulent sixties due to today's lack of patriotism, consider what are the major catalysts causing so much of this calamity of conflict, and vote: What most instigates the division of America, on this day September 20, 2022?
  Racism within our society
  Sex realignment to the detriment of our society.
  Biden /Harris Wide Open Southern Border Policy for the Demographic Upheaval of OUR Constitutional Republic
  Rampant Crime in Democratic controlled cities, and the possible contagion elsewhere
  Covid Pandemic, and its mishandling at the political, and bureaucratic levels.
  The unresolved questions /allegation regarding the flawed 2020 General Election
  January 6th Riot or "Armed Insurrection", depending upon patriotic perspective
  Joe Biden as Divisive Leader; Ineffective and Corrupt Executive
  Failed Education Industry, from an overall perspective, regarding all levels of education.
  Propagandistic Media in complete conflict with the First Amendment's guarantee of Freedom of Speech, and the awesome responsibility of a Free Press..
  "Orangeman Bad!"
  Bureaucracy rushing to a behemoth size, its unjustified expense, and far too often overreach.
  The Weaponized Deep State for political purposes
  A secular ambivalence to all that is real.
  Record number of overdose deaths from opioids and now Fentanyl
  Biden Administration's disastrous Foreign Policy
  Bidenflation /supply chain failure inevitably evolving into stagflation and recession.
  "Ultra MAGA Extremists" freely speaking louder AND LOUDER!
702 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
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