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July 22, 2015

Measuring Diversity in Charter Schools - McShane & Hatfield, AEI

Part of the promise of charter schooling is that deregulation could allow for more diverse types of schools than would otherwise exist. Yet little attention has been paid to evalua...

July 22, 2015

The Most Segregated Schools in the Nation - Matt Collette, Slate

Yani Lopez, of Harlem, wanted her daughter Kiami to go to a good kindergarten—one with art classes, foreign languages, and a diverse student body. Instead, Kiami was assigned...

July 21, 2015

Child Poverty and Brain Development - Hair et al., JAMA Pediatrics

Children living in poverty generally perform poorly in school, with markedly lower standardized test scores and lower educational attainment. The longer children live in poverty, t...

July 20, 2015

NCLB Rewrite: What to Expect From House-Senate Conference -

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July 20, 2015

Ohio's Teacher Evaluation System - Jessica Poiner, Fordham Institute

A thorough overview of Ohio's teacher evaluation framework....

July 20, 2015

Microaggression, Macro-Crazy - Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

Early this year, the University of California’s president, Janet Napolitano, asked all deans and department chairs in the university’s ten campuses to undergo training ...

July 17, 2015

How States Judge High School Quality - Chad Aldeman, Bellwether

The American education system is in the midst of a strange paradox. Reading and math achievement levels are increasing for 4th- and 8th-graders, but they’ve barely budged for hig...

July 15, 2015

How NCLB Can Stop Common Core - Sen. Pat Roberts, Daily Caller

The federal government should not have influence over state and local education decisions....

July 11, 2015

More Children Left Behind - The Editors, Bloomberg View

No Child Left Behind, the federal education law that conservatives and liberals both love to hate, is broken. Rather than repair it, however, Congress is preparing to remove its mo...

July 10, 2015

Arne Duncan Earns an F - Diane Ravitch, Salon

Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post has written a sympathetic article about Arne Duncan and the waning of his powers as Secretary of Education. He is a nice g...

July 4, 2015

Student Loan Debt: It's Not All Bad - Courtney Such, RealClearPolicy

As the national conversation about student debt continues, Ben Miller, senior director for post-secondary education at the Center for American Progress, has released a paper c...

July 4, 2015

Common Core Loses Its 'Economies of Scale' - Scott Haller, Pioneer

Economies of scale are when a large operation can provide advantages by spreading fixed and overhead costs over a greater number of units sold, thereby reducing the per unit price....

July 2, 2015

The Promise of Competency-Based Education - Rachel B. Baker, AEI

Competency-based education (CBE) programs tend to serve students with previous professional or academic experience. This audience affects how the programs are structured and design...

June 27, 2015

An Education Agenda for 2016 - Frederick M. Hess & Max Eden, AEI

Opportunity is the watchword of American conservativism. Our nation’s creed presumes that every American has the right to strive to make the most of his or her gifts. That is...

June 25, 2015

Education Savings Accounts: Vote for Your Favorite Idea - Fordham

As Nevada implements its groundbreaking education savings account program, what must it get right in order to provide positive outcomes for kids and taxpayers? Should state authori...

June 25, 2015

Scott Walker vs. Conservative Professors - Downs & Sharpless, Politico

As far as college campuses go, we’re a rare, endangered species: two long-tenured professors who lean right and libertarian. But we’re increasingly worried that in tryi...

June 25, 2015

Free College is Not Enough - Timothy Ready, Brookings Institution

Education is key to social mobility. But poverty, especially when compounded by race and class isolation, leads to profoundly unequal educational opportuni...

June 23, 2015

A Progress Report on Charter Schools - Finn & Manno, National Affairs

Minnesota passed the nation's first charter-school law in 1991. Since then, 43 states and the District of Columbia have allowed for the existence and operation of these independent...

June 23, 2015

NCLB: No Place for Expanded Preschool - Lindsey Burke, Heritage

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, may serve President Obama’s vision for universal preschool if Congress reauthorize...

June 23, 2015

Student Loan Defaults: A Cynic's Opportunity - Alan Daley, ACI

For most graduating from high school, the best prospects for long-term self-sufficiency lie on the other side of college graduation. The odds are even better if the field of study ...

June 20, 2015

Early Education Gaps by Class and Race - Garcia & Weiss, EPI

Understanding disparities in school readiness among America’s children when they begin kindergarten is critically important, now more than ever. In today’s 21st century global ...

June 20, 2015

Who Opts Out of Standardized Tests? - Matthew Chingos, Brookings

Student refusals to take standardized tests surged in New York State this spring, fueled by supportfrom both parent activists and the state teacher’s union. According to the Ne...

June 20, 2015

When Charters Go Union - Rachel M. Cohen, American Prospect

The April sun had not yet risen in Los Angeles when teachers from the city’s largest charter network—the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools—gathered outside fo...

June 18, 2015

Rewriting No Child Left Behind - John Rosales & Tim Walker, NEA

As the U.S. Senate prepares to clear another high hurdle this week in its race to reauthorize the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), educators across the count...

June 18, 2015

Universal Preschool: New Evidence - Laurie DeRose, Family Studies

One of the few problems with an article published this spring in the Journal of Population Economics, “Can’t buy mommy’s love? Universal childcare and childr...

June 16, 2015

WIC and SNAP Boost Kids' Learning - Stacy Dean, RealClearPolicy

Hungry children can have a hard time learning, and poverty during early childhood can have lifelong consequences for children’s physical, mental, and economic well-being. The...

June 15, 2015

Federal and State Funding of Higher Education - Pew

States and the federal government have long provided substantial funding for higher education, but changes in recent years have resulted in their contributions being more equal tha...

June 13, 2015

Poll: 1 in 5 College Women Were Violated - Anderson & Clement, Wash Post

Twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But th...

June 11, 2015

How New Orleans Made Charters Work - David Osborne, Wash Monthly

Last year 2.9 million children attended 6,700 charter schools in America—public schools independent of districts and free of many bureaucratic constraints. Since charters were in...

June 11, 2015

Colleges Should Share the Risk of Student Loans - Douglas Webber, CHE

National student-loan debt is $1.3 trillion, and delinquency rates on student loans are roughly equal to those on subprime mortgages before the great recession. Given these grim st...

June 11, 2015

Warren's Plan for Debt-Free College - Libby Nelson, Vox

Sen. Elizabeth Warren used to be known for arguing that the government shouldn't make money on student loans. Now she's arguing that students shouldn't have to take out loans in th...

June 10, 2015

Sesame Street Improves School Readiness - Kearney & Levine, NBER

New research, coauthored by Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Kearney, finds that that greater access to&nbs...

June 10, 2015

The Fall of Big State U - James Piereson, The Weekly Standard

According to a report released in April by the American Association of University Professors, the gap between the salaries of faculty at private and public universities is widening...

June 9, 2015

Dismantling Higher Ed in North Carolina - Zoe Carpenter, Nation

On a Monday afternoon in April, a few dozen people gathered in a windowless room in Raleigh, North Carolina, to discuss the crisis in higher education. As they dug into plates of T...

June 9, 2015

How 'Holistic' College Admissions Work - Sara Harberson, LAT

In May, 60 groups filed a complaint with the Justice and Education departments claiming that Asian Americans are held to a different standard — a higher standard — than...

June 8, 2015

The Madness of Truancy Laws - Walter Olson, Reason

We've seen it happen again and again: libertarians are derided over some supposedly crazy or esoteric position, years pass, and eventually others start to see why our position made...

June 3, 2015

Teachers' Unions' 'Choice' Charade - Jason Bedrick, New York Post

The state teachers union may wind up regretting coming out big for parental choice in the recent “opt-out” wars — because the same principle dictates support this...

June 3, 2015

The Class Gap in College Graduation - Susan Dynarski, New York Times

Rich and poor students don’t merely enroll in college at different rates; they also complete it at different rates. The graduation gap is even wider than the enrollment ...

June 2, 2015

The Out-of-State Student Arms Race - Stephen Burd, New America

Almost seven out of ten public colleges and universities provide so-called “merit aid” to at least five percent of freshmen who lack financial need, according to a new ...

June 2, 2015

The Education Myth - Ricardo Haussman, Project Syndicate

In an era characterized by political polarization and policy paralysis, we should celebrate broad agreement on economic strategy wherever we find it. One such area of agreement is ...

June 2, 2015

What a Campus Rape Documentary Gets Wrong - Emily Yoffe, Slate

The recent documentary The Hunting Ground asserts that young women are in grave danger of sexual assault as soon as they arrive on college campuses. The film has been scr...

June 1, 2015

Why Free College Is Really Expensive - Dmitri Mehlhorn, The Daily Beast

When Bernie Sanders pitched himself as the guy who would speak truth about inequality, I believed him. Although everyone knows he is not going to win the presidency, at l...

May 30, 2015

What's Left After Higher Ed Is Dismantled? - Mike Konczal, Rolling Stone

The two big higher-education stories this month couldn't be more different. On one hand, you have financier Stephen A. Schwarzman donating $150 million to Yale to build a...

May 30, 2015

My Title IX Inquisition - Laura Kipnis, Chronicle of Higher Education

When I first heard that students at my university had staged a protest over an essay I’d written in The Chronicle Review about sexual politics on cam...

May 29, 2015

Inequality and the Dropout Rate - Melissa Kearney & Phillip Levine, VoxEU

Compared to other developed countries, the US ranks high on income inequality and low on social mobility. This could be particularly concerning if such a trend is self-perpetuating...

May 29, 2015

In Defense of For-Profit Colleges - Carrie Sheffield, Forbes

For-profit colleges have been targeted by government officials, including President Obama and California Attorney General Kamala Harris HRS -1.17%, who claim th...

May 28, 2015

Bernie's Bad College Idea - Kevin J. James, American Enterprise Institute

The cause of free college got another boost last week when Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate, introduced the ...

May 26, 2015

Harvard's Asian-American Quota - Steve Chapman, Creators

Asian-Americans are one of the nation's most astonishing success stories. In 1960, they accounted for less than 1 percent of the U.S. population but had a rich history of persecuti...

May 23, 2015

Is the Student Loan Bubble Popping? - Steven Greenhut, Reason

Have we heard the first pop in a bursting student-loan bubble? After Santa Ana, California-based Corinthian Colleges this month filed for bankruptcy and announced the closure ...

May 22, 2015

College Doesn't Need to Be Free - Charles Lane, Washington Post

Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator and Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, says spiraling college tuition is “a national disgrace.” He’s runni...

July 16, 2015

Senate Passes NCLB 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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