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September 27, 2014

Cognitive Science Behind Common Core - Marchitello & Wilhelm, CAP

Raising academic standards has been part of the education policy discourse for decades. As early as the 1990s, states and school districts attempted to raise student achievement by...

September 25, 2014

Kids Who Don't Go To College Also Matter - Froma Harrop, Creators

It shouldn’t be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and ...

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September 25, 2014

Who Benefits From Gifted Education? - Libby Nelson, Vox

If a school offers separate classes for gifted students, one of the most difficult questions is who should be allowed in and who can benefit. Should students be picked based on the...

September 25, 2014

Liberals Must Put Students Before Teachers - Laurence Tribe, USA Today

When I decided to join Students Matter, the group that spearheaded a lawsuit that invalidated California's teacher tenure, dismissal and "last in, first out" layoff ...

September 25, 2014

Let's Talk About Banning Fraternities - Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

When I was at Tulane University, girls were warned about the “bad” fraternities: the ones that spiked the punch at parties with Everclear and maybe drugs, the kind of f...

September 25, 2014

Conditions That Feed For-Profit Colleges - Tressie Cottom, Pacific Standard

One of the better things about social media is that if you manage to curate social feeds with just the right balance of entertaining spirits and brilliant intellects, it delivers u...

September 23, 2014

How the Common Core Went Wrong - Frederick M. Hess, National Affairs

Even before the Common Core State Standards initiative was officially unveiled in June 2010, dozens of states had already pledged to adopt the standards. By the end of 2010, 39 sta...

September 20, 2014

Time for Head Start 3.0 - Jack McCarthy, AppleTree Institute

As Early Head Start celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the Head Start program is about to mark its half-century, a timely reassessment of the program’s effectivene...

September 18, 2014

The Government Won't Let Colleges Cut Tuition - Ike Brannon, American

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot lega...

September 18, 2014

Three-Year Degrees Can Cut the Cost of College - Paul Weinstein, PPI

The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Our universities and colleges are unmatched, and we have more highly rated schools than all of our competitors comb...

September 17, 2014

Is Online Education Rife With Cheating? - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

As online education grows, so do the ranks of its critics. One of the charges leveled by online learning's doubters is that it is easier for students to cheat on exams given over t...

September 17, 2014

Rural Families Should Have School Choice - Smarick & Craig, Friedman

A common argument against school choice in rural America is that there just aren’t enough schools from which to choose. But the more you understand about choice policy and th...

September 17, 2014

Preparing Youth for College and Career - Theodos et al., Urban Institute

This report presents baseline and process study findings of an evaluation of the Urban Alliance high school internship program, which provides training, mentoring, and work experie...

September 17, 2014

Colleges' Pell Grant Shell Game - Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed

Hundreds of colleges charge low-income students tuition that is half or more of their household’s entire yearly income,according to a report released today by the New America...

September 13, 2014

Virtual Schooling and Student Learning - Chingos & Schwerdt, PEPG

Evidence from Florida virtual schools....

September 13, 2014

Newsweek's Top Schools: Demographics - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Newsweek has a list of 500 high schools that are "beating the odds" -- meaning that their students have good outcomes despite high poverty rates....

September 11, 2014

Eva Moskowitz's Success: What We Know - Paul Bruno, Fordham

With the release last month of the latest round test scores, Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz is now a bona fide national-education-reform celebrity. Sh...

September 11, 2014

Boosting College Graduation Through Triage - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Are too many people going to college? I tend to think so -- and I've suggested that, rather than trying to prod more kids into higher education, we should focus...

September 11, 2014

College Is Already Free for Poor Kids - Stephen Rose, Republic 3.0

September 10, 2014

Downward Mobility in Higher Education - Libby Nelson, Vox

In most developed countries, education builds from generation to generation: Adults often have more education than their parents, and they expect their children will be better-educ...

September 9, 2014

The Emergence of 'Big Higher Ed' - Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

The annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities this year had the tone of a revival meeting....

September 8, 2014

Hispanic Success and School Choice - Butcher & Lima, RealClearPolicy

Angela Ramirez, a stay-at-home-mom living in Arizona, is trying to find a great education for her children -- and herself. She sends her two adopted sons to a private school using ...

September 8, 2014

Teacher Diversity, Ed Schools, and Affirmative Action - Education Realist

Education policy rarely—hell, let’s say never—results in anticipated consequences. But usually, this acknowledgment turns our thoughts to bleak, dark places....

September 6, 2014

Why Do Teacher Unions Hate Eva Moskowitz? - Jonathan Chait, New York

If you were to compile a list of American heroes of social justice, Eva Moskowitz would be near the top. Her network of Success Academy Charter Schools has been a staggering triump...

September 6, 2014

The Cost of Educating Illegal Immigrants' Children - FAIR

September is coming and so is the start of a new school year. This year, there will be almost 37,000 "unaccompanied" alien minors who will be enrolling in public school in the Unit...

September 5, 2014

How Much Are Teachers Really Paid? - Pamela Villarreal et al., NCPA

Los Angeles and New York City elementary school teachers are some of the highest paid in the country according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It is no surprise...

September 5, 2014

So Is College Worth It, or Not? - James Pethokoukis, AEIdeas

The NY Fed has published a series of blog posts on college education. Let me handle them “save you a click” style. “What is the value of a college degree?”  It remains ne...

September 4, 2014

No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked - John McWhorter, Daily Beast

As kids go back to school this week, when it comes to black ones, it’s time to do some myth-busting. This week’s topic: black teens calling their nerdy black peers &ldq...

September 4, 2014

Combating Grade Inflation - Thomas Lindsay, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Grade inflation is real, rampant, and ravaging our universities—debasing standards and undermining the morale of our learning institutions. Transcript transparency is require...

September 3, 2014

Closing the Science Gap - Harry Stein et al., Center for American Progress

The National Science Foundation, or NSF; the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST; and the Department of Energy Office of Science, or DOE Science, provide a subs...

September 3, 2014

The Good in Standardized Testing - Lelac Almagor, Boston Review

I was still in college the first time someone cried in a parent-teacher conference with me. I had found a summer job at a free enrichment program for public school students. One of...

September 3, 2014

Ten Ways Colleges Work You Over - Burd & Fishman, Washington Monthly

#1 Just because a school encourages you to apply doesn’t mean they actually want you....

September 2, 2014

High School Should Start Later in the Day - Libby Nelson, Vox

Jackson Hole High School might have some of the best-rested teenagers in America. The Wyoming high school used to start class at 7:35 a.m. — earlier than the average American...

September 2, 2014

Buyer's Remorse on Common Core? - Hefling & Smyth, AP

Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buy...

August 30, 2014

Social Class and Classroom Learning - Jessica Calarco, Indiana University

An Indiana University study has found that social class can account for differences in how parents coach their children to manage classroom challenges. Such differences can affect ...

August 30, 2014

Money Won't Fix Public Education - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, MarketWatch

As kids return to school, many sincere education specialists see that the way to improve student achievement is to put more resources in schools. Another approach is to bring educa...

August 29, 2014

How Schools Affect Cognitive Ability - Martin R. West et al., EducationNext

Arguably, the most important development in K–12 education over the past decade has been the emergence of a growing number of urban schools that have been convincingly shown ...

August 29, 2014

Build Better Teachers - Mona Charen, Creators

For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 "Nation at Risk" report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled ...

August 29, 2014

Slimming the College-Tuition Beast - Judah Bellin, City Journal

The cost of American higher education is reaching dizzying heights. Average tuition for attending a private, nonprofit four-year college or university in 2013 was $40,917 per year,...

August 28, 2014

Should the SAT Be Optional? - Jonathan Wai, Quartz

Recently, several colleges and universities in the US have declared that applicants no longer need to submit their SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission. Numerous scho...

August 27, 2014

Teacher Evaluations: Era of Rapid Change - Aldeman & Chuong, Bellwether

Over the last four years, states implemented remarkable changes to their teacher evaluation systems. Rather than rating all educators as either “satisfactory” or &ldquo...

August 27, 2014

What Charter Schools Are Getting Right - Conor P. Williams, Daily Beast

It’s not a stretch to say that charter schools are some of the biggest winners in this year’s high school rankings list. Even though charters educate just five percent ...

August 27, 2014

The Student Loan Hype Machine - Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View

Student loans are the next great subprime crisis! At least that's what the usual purveyors of doom and gloom say (see this, this and this). The numbers are big,...

August 26, 2014

Common Core: A Research Compendium - Matthew Frizzell, CEP

This compendium includes over 60 research studies focused on the Common Core State Standards, and encompasses research from multiple sources, such as government entities, independe...

August 25, 2014

College Football Is Ruining Education - Steve Almond, The New Republic

College football is the arranged marriage of two entities: An institution of higher learning and an athletic industry. It is corrupt and illogical and wildly entertaining and lucra...

August 22, 2014

Free Lunch for Students Who Don't Need It - Taylor Colwell, Daily Signal

On July 1, the Obama Administration began distributing free lunches to kids who don’t need them....

August 22, 2014

A Look at College Degree Migration - Aaron M. Renn, New Geography

Net migration of people to or from metro areas is reported annually by the Census Bureau and widely discussed.  Less well known is that their American Community Survey (ACS) p...

August 21, 2014

Schools Join the Fight Against Obesity - Laura Vanderkam, City Journal

One morning while students are in classes, FoodCorps service member Carly Chaapel inspects the rows of arugula growing outside the Salem County Career and Technical High School caf...

August 21, 2014

Why the FBI Is Raiding Charter Schools - Ruth Conniff, The Progressive

There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country....

September 24, 2014

Student Loan Defaults Decline

September 23, 2014

Students Expect to Finish College in Four Years; Most Don't

August 6, 2013


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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Montana ordered to release rape rec

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Montana to turn over to author Jon Krak...

Judge dismisses teachers' challenge

A judge has dismissed a legal challenge to New York's property tax cap from the state's largest teac...

In Class by Day, on the Streets at

This week the U.S. Department of Education announced that the nation’s grade-school population has...