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November 24, 2015

Ineffective Spending on Poor Students - Dynarski & Kainz, Brookings

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is being reauthorized. Its largest program, Title I, provides funding to states and districts to improve education for disadvantag...

November 21, 2015

Advocacy Before Accuracy on Campus Rape - Emily Yoffe, Slate

This Sunday evening, CNN will air The Hunting Ground, a documentary it co-produced. Since its theatrical release in February, the film has played a controversial role&nbs...

November 21, 2015

Lower Student Loan Rates, Help Big Earners - Natalie Kitroeff, Bloomberg

The $1.3 trillion of student debt held by Americans is looking like an increasingly risky bet. One in four borrowers is delinquent or in default on his or her student loa...

November 20, 2015

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November 20, 2015

Reforming Student Loan Repayment - Kevin James & Andrew Kelly, AEI

Higher education is a risky investment, and federal student loan programs should safeguard borrowers from risk while avoiding perverse incentives. Well-designed income-driven repay...

November 18, 2015

How We Should Fund Public Schools - Honda & Weingarten, The Hill

Funding for public schools is based on a wholly inequitable, unfair, last-century system that rewards wealthy communities and punishes schools in poor neighborhoods. Given that hal...

November 17, 2015

A New Era of Education Policy? - Robert Rothman, Hechinger Report

If you want to see education policy in the next few years, look to state capitols, not Washington, D.C....

November 17, 2015

College Can Pay Off, but Results Vary - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

Why don’t more people get college degrees? In a new working paper, Sang Yoon Lee, Yongseok Shin and Donghoon Lee write: “In the early 1980s, American men with at l...

November 14, 2015

Teacher Quality: State of the States - National Council on Teacher Quality

This report presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date policy trends on how states are evaluating teachers. It also breaks new ground by providing a look at the ...

November 14, 2015

A Week of Victories for Student Protesters - Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

The dean of students at Claremont McKenna College resigned Thursday amid protests over racial tensions on the Southern California campus and one day after two students la...

November 14, 2015

Free Speech, Anti-Racism Can Coexist - Zareena Grewal, Washington Post

A popular misconception of Yale University students, and Yale students of color in particular, has solidified in the media this week: They’re so fragile, over-sensitive and e...

November 12, 2015

Ending No Child Left Behind: Finishing the Job - Tim Walker, NEA

January 8, 2016, will mark 14 years exactly since President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) into law. It’s unlikely that anyone – the media, members of Congre...

November 10, 2015

Racial Hysteria Triumphs on Campus - Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

The pathological narcissism of American college students has found a potentially devastating new source of power in the sports-industrial complex. University of Missouri president ...

November 10, 2015

Mizzou's Boycott Victory - Paula Young Lee, Salon

This past weekend at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the black team members of the football team announced a boycott, declaring they would not participate in any football...

November 9, 2015

The Legal Landscape of School Choice - Nicole Stelle Garnett, AEI

The 2002 US Supreme Court decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris cleared away the most significant obstacle to the expansion of private school choice programs by ruling tha...

November 9, 2015

School Suspensions, Race, and Single Motherhood - Random C. Analysis

As a follow up to my prior post on single-motherhood and mobility and in response to variousassertions of discrimination against blacks in the school system, I decided to...

November 9, 2015

Getting Kids Out of Dangerous Schools - Lewis M. Andrews, RealClearPolicy

Imagine a national law stating that students who have been victims of a violent crime at school, or who are simply attending classes in a building considered "persistently dangerou...

November 7, 2015

Family Background and Test Scores - Anna Sutherland, Family Studies

As William Doherty, Brian Willoughby, and Jason Wilde noted in their recent article on the gender gap in college enrollment, “Lower academic achievement has been one of the mos...

November 7, 2015

A Look at Tuition Tax Breaks - Jason Delisle & Kim Dancy, New America

Today, New America’s Education Policy Program released A New Look at Tuition Tax Benefits: National Survey Data Reveal the Surprising and Not-So-Surprising Effects of Po...

November 5, 2015

Transforming the Teaching Profession - Carmel Martin, CAP

Lanier’s words, written in 1997, were prescient. Today, a decade and a half into the 21st century, this transformation is well underway, even if her vision has yet to be...

November 2, 2015

What I Saw in the Schools - Sol Stern, City Journal

I started writing about public education because of what I saw, up close and personal, at P.S. 87 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the elementary school my children atten...

November 2, 2015

Reduce Inequality: Ban the Ivy League - Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

The problem of “inequality” looms over America like a storm cloud. According to our political and journalistic class, inequality is the single biggest problem facing ou...

October 31, 2015

A Law Against 'Obnoxious' Students - German Lopez, Vox

When a South Carolina police officer brutally arrested a black student at Spring Valley High School, much of the debate focused on one question: Why was a police officer ...

October 31, 2015

Academia's Rejection of Diversity - Arthur C. Brooks, New York Times

ONE of the great intellectual and moral epiphanies of our time is the realization that human diversity is a blessing. It has become conventional wisdom that being around those unli...

October 30, 2015

When Does Accountability Work? - David J. Deming, EducationNext

When Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), standardized testing in public schools became the law of the land. The ambitious legislation identified test-based...

October 30, 2015

Why Are Test Scores Falling? - Nat Malkus, American Enterprise Institute

On Wednesday, the 2015 NAEP test scores, often known as the Nation’s Report Card, revealed national declines for the first time since the tests began in 1990....

October 29, 2015

Obama's Plan to Limit School Testing - Burke & Reim, Daily Signal

From the administration that brought you Common Core national standards and tests comes the news that the White House and Department of Education now are worried about too much tes...

October 28, 2015

Using Kids' Test Scores to Judge States - Matthew Chingos, Urban Institute

States are increasingly at the center of education policymaking in the United States. This report provides a systematic framework for assessing how much student achievement varies ...

October 23, 2015

Make College Free for All - Bernie Sanders, Washington Post

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to make a strong case for universally available public education. “Universal suffrage should rest upon universal educa...

October 22, 2015

Good Intentions Widen the Achievement Gap - Walker & Diamond, NEA

Debate around the achievement gap is usually dominated by issues such as urban poverty, segregation, and school funding. These factors unquestionably have an enormou...

October 22, 2015

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline - Jason P. Nance, SSRN

The school-to-prison pipeline is one of our nation’s most formidable challenges. It refers to the trend of directly referring students to law enforcement for committing certa...

October 22, 2015

School Diversity Doesn't Hurt White Kids - Tanvi Misra, CityLab

In the first episode of This American Life’s two-part series on school segregation, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones argues what many in the education community ...

October 21, 2015

Costly Quest to Fix Broken Schools - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

When Dale Russakoff began writing about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to help fix the failing schools in Newark, N.J., she assumed she would end up telling a...

October 21, 2015

Education and Divorce Risk - Jaap Dronkers, Family Studies

When divorce was rare and divorce laws were strict, only those with a large amount of resources could obtain a divorce, because divorcing and its aftermath were costly. A man or wo...

October 20, 2015

Reality Check on Immigrant Education - Center for Immigration Studies

The Pew Hispanic Center recently noted an uptick in the education level of recent immigrants vis a vis natives. For example, while 11 percent of recent arrivals...

October 20, 2015

The Sanders-Clinton College Cost-Shifting Plan - Washington Examiner

Amid all the assessments of the candidates in last Tuesday's Democratic debate, relatively little was said about the substance of their proposals. One item that stood out was colle...

October 20, 2015

Common Core: What the Polls Say - Frederick M. Hess, AEI

The Common Core State Standards have gotten a lot of attention this fall, but many claims on what Americans think of the Common Core have been informed by agenda-driven polls and a...

October 16, 2015

Reconstructing the College Scorecard - Whitehurst & Chingos, Brookings

The federal government released earnings data on U.S. colleges and universities for the first time last month. The new College Scorecard adds an important new dimension to previous...

October 15, 2015

Campus Judiciaries on Trial - Samantha Harris, FIRE/Heritage

Colleges and universities have adjudicated countless allegations of sexual assault among their students despite their lack of both the tools available to law enforcement to ensure ...

October 12, 2015

How a For-Profit College Fleeced America - Linette Lopez, Business Insider

On Friday, the Department of Defense announced that it would no longer allow service members to use their funds to attend the University of Phoenix, a for-profit college ...

October 10, 2015

Expectations for State Pre-K Programs - Farran & Lipsey, Brookings

State investments in center-based school readiness programs for preschoolers (pre-K), whether targeted for poor children or universally implemented, have expanded more rapidly than...

October 9, 2015

Rubio Misses on Student Loan Subsidies - Neal McCluskey, SeeThruEdu

I know that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is running for President, and the natural inclination is to speak as if he will personally transform things. But the higher education reforms la...

October 9, 2015

What's Missing From Campus Rape Stats - Madison Pauly, Mother Jones

For years, experts have stressed that crime statistics shared by America's colleges and universities underestimate the number of campus sexual assaults because students infreq...

October 7, 2015

School Choice's Supply Problem - Max Eden, US News & World Report

Education reformers have spent a great deal of time and energy over the past decade trying to fix failing schools. While there have been some success stories, results on the whole ...

October 7, 2015

The Covert For-Profit College - Robert Shireman, Century Foundation

The U.S. secretary of education should immediately place a moratorium on for-profit colleges claiming nonprofit status following the release of a new Century Foundation report reve...

October 6, 2015

Vouchers: Where Are the Campaigns? - Grover Whitehurst, Brookings

Education has been a more prominent topic in the campaigns for president than it was in the last two cycles. With respect to school choice, Republicans have been enthusiastic suppo...

October 6, 2015

The Case Against Free College - Matt Bruenig, The New Republic

In the United States, as in much of the rest of the world, college students receive three kinds of public benefits: tuition subsidies, living grants, and public loans. Through vari...

October 6, 2015

Turning 529s Into Lifelong Learning Accounts - Dan Lips, CRN

A Federal Reform to Improve American Education...

October 1, 2015

The Unilateral War on College Men - Glenn Reynolds, USA Today

It appears to many — including me — as if theObama administration is engaged in a war on college men. Using debunked statistics, the president, the vice ...

September 30, 2015

How to Fix Community Colleges - Judah Bellin, Manhattan Institute

As worries over Americans' workforce skills persist, community colleges have reemerged as a potential solution. The country's 1,132 community colleges—two-year, not-for-profi...

September 29, 2015

Fixing Student Loan Repayment - Kevin James, National Affairs

In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama proposed allowing federal student-loan borrowers to cap their monthly payments at 10% of their discretionary income. Any bor...

November 20, 2015

Princeton Considers Dropping Woodrow Wilson Name

November 20, 2015

What You Need to Know About the No Child Left Behind Rewrite

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June 6, 2013

Student Loan Fight Set in Senate

May 31, 2013

Universities Show Uneven Efforts in Enrolling Poor Students

May 31, 2013

Tea Party Groups Mobilizing Against Common Core

May 30, 2013

For Raising Students' Scores, Reading Is Harder Than Math

May 29, 2013

Loan Rates to Rise for 7 Million

May 29, 2013

Student Loan Business Sallie Mae to Split into Two Companies

May 28, 2013

States Raise Public College Budgets After Years of Cuts

May 24, 2013

House Approves Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans

May 23, 2013

Two-Year Colleges Support Poor Students, Get Less Federal Aid

May 23, 2013

House Begins Effort to Stave Off Student Loan Increase

May 23, 2013

Obama Threatens Veto

May 20, 2013

Schools Add to Students' Test Load to Refine Testing Questions

May 16, 2013

Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit

May 14, 2013

Indiana Halts Common Core Standards Implementation

May 13, 2013

House Tackles Student Loan Rates

May 8, 2013

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Voucher Funding Unconstitutional

May 6, 2013

Colleges Cut Prices by Providing More Financial Aid

May 2, 2013

Chicago Charter Schools Unionize

May 1, 2013

'Parent Trigger' Legislation Fails in Florida State Senate

May 1, 2013

Rural-Urban Split Over Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Law

April 30, 2013

Turmoil Swirls Around Common Core Standards

April 30, 2013

Colleges Adopt Online Courses to Ease Burdens of Graduating

April 30, 2013

Funding Overhaul Pits Rich vs. Poor Districts in California

April 25, 2013

Study Finds There's No Shortage of U.S. STEM Graduates

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Texas textbook vote highlights disp

Texas education officials nixed a proposal to let university experts check state textbooks for fact...