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January 13, 2015

Higher Education, Wages, and Polarization - Rob Valletta, FRBSF

The earnings gap between people with a college degree and those with no education beyond high school has been growing since the late 1970s. Since 2000, however, the gap has grown m...

January 13, 2015

Free Community College Is Already Here - Lewis M. Andrews, RCPolicy

It is hardly a surprise that President Obama would propose an expensive new entitlement without specifying a way to pay for it. What is surprising is that the president would make ...

January 13, 2015

Sex, Lies, and Campus Justice - Nancy Gertner, American Prospect

Campus sexual assaults are horrifying, made all the worse because the settings are bucolic and presumed safe—leafy campuses, ivy-walled universities. Assaults are reported in...

January 12, 2015

Free Community College: A Reading List - David Leonhardt, NY Times

President Obama is in Tennessee on Friday, along with the state’s Republican governor and two Republican senators, to lay out his plan for free community colle...

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January 12, 2015

The Case for Annual Student Testing - Whitehurst et al., Brookings

The new U.S. Congress is moving post haste to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). With Republicans in the majority in both houses and the relevant commit...

January 12, 2015

Quality Counts: Ranking the States - Education Week

In a politically polarized environment that has increasingly extended into education policy, an area once largely free of partisan skirmishing, support for early-childhood educatio...

January 12, 2015

The 'Or Else!' Education Agenda - Jonathan Butcher, RealClearPolicy

Any parent of a petulant child can recall when they told their little one to pick up his toys -- "or else!" Repeated power struggles teach parents that browbeating is a poor strate...

January 12, 2015

Minority Students Make Meaningful Gains - Mikhail Zinshteyn, 538

Political leaders are fond of saying the United States is in an education crisis....

January 10, 2015

Free Community College Is Anything But - Lindsey Burke, Daily Signal

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will propose two years of “free” community college for students maintaining a “C” or better, paid for by...

January 10, 2015

Is the 'Skills Gap' Real? - Jonathan House, Wall Street Journal

U.S. unemployment remains elevated, yet companies have been complaining for years that they can’t find employees with the skills they need. Whether the skills gap is about pe...

January 10, 2015

The Promise of Universal Community College - Joshua Wyner, Time

Virtually all Americans enroll in high school these days and have the opportunity to attend public schools for free, but a century ago, that was not the case. In 1910, fewer than o...

January 9, 2015

Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Is a Mistake - Amanda Fairbanks, Atlantic

On September 2, the day her principal shared each teacher’s annual evaluation, Sheri Lederman came home from work and announced to her husband that she was ready to quit....

January 9, 2015

A Higher Ed Agenda for the Poor - Judah Bellin, National Affairs

One could be forgiven for thinking that American higher-education policy has failed only the middle class. After all, the country's putative higher-ed reformers invoke the plight o...

January 7, 2015

The Next Step for School Choice - Bedrick & Burke, National Affairs

School choice has been one of the great successes of the education-reform movement in recent years, and taxpayer-funded vouchers have been one of the movement's primary tools. Vouc...

January 6, 2015

Shutting Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline - Mary Flannery, NEA

Years ago, James Duran didn’t think too much before suspending students who came to his office with stories of swearing at teachers, disrupting class, or even arriving late t...

January 5, 2015

Is Harvard Discriminating Against Asians? - Julie J. Park, Washington Post

A lawsuit filed against Harvard University in November by a group called Students for Fair Admissions alleges that the school’s admissions policy discriminates agai...

January 3, 2015

The Plot to Overhaul No Child Left Behind - Maggie Severns, Politico

Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind next year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigg...

December 31, 2014

The Backlash Against Common Core - David L. Kirp, New York Times

STARTING in the mid-1990s, education advocates began making a simple argument: National education standards will level the playing field, assuring that all high school graduates a...

December 31, 2014

Access to Higher Ed and the Value of a Degree - Nicola Bianchi, VoxEU

Governments sometimes promote reforms that increase access to education for a large share of the population. These reforms may lower the returns to education by altering returns to...

December 26, 2014

Do Charters Need Teachers' Unions? - Alexandria Neason, Hechinger

Kaycee Eckhardt, a former charter school teacher in New Orleans, has decidedly mixed feelings about teachers unions. She believes they play an important role on certain issues, inc...

December 23, 2014

Charter Schooling Redefined in Mass. - Cara Candal, Pioneer Institute

This study finds that Massachusetts should revise flawed “growth model” regulations designed to introduce rate of improvement into the formula used to determine which d...

December 22, 2014

Let Mayors Authorize Charter Schools - David Harris, The Mind Trust

Next month, as hundreds of new mayors take office, improving local schools will be a top priority for many. Cities across the country suffer from lagging student achievement and hi...

December 20, 2014

Skills-Based Education and the Inequality Puzzle - Carrie Sheffield, Forbes

Income inequality has been a dominant topic of debate in recent months and will likely influence the coming presidential race. A common argument advanced by fans of inequality econ...

December 20, 2014

Sizing Up the College Rating System - Kevin Carey, New York Times

Last year, President Obama announced that his administration would, by the beginning of the 2015 academic year, rate America’s colleges “on who’s offeri...

December 19, 2014

Mass Common Core Repeal Ahead? - Emmanuel Felton, Hechinger Report

Last month’s election spells trouble for the Common Core, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade. With the standards...

December 19, 2014

Should the Government Rate Colleges? - Robert Kelchen, Politico Magazine

Should the federal government be in the business of rating colleges?...

December 18, 2014

Fixing the Way We Pay for Schools - Lisette Partelow, ThinkProgress

On the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) into law to help fund low-income schools, he reflected on how education had helped h...

December 17, 2014

Higher Ed: As the Bubble Bursts - Thomas K. Lindsay, RealClearPolicy

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the last two years have seen a substantive decrease (930,000) in the number of college enrollments nationally. Aside from the rebounding econo...

December 15, 2014

Charter School Performance in Ohio 2014 - CREDO

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), the nation’s foremost independent analyst of charter school effectiveness, released today its c...

December 15, 2014

Most Colleges Violate Students' Free Speech Rights - FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its 2015 report and interactive infographic on campus speech codes across America today. FIRE’s fi...

December 15, 2014

The Dueling Data on Campus Rape - Dana Goldstein, Marshall Project

On Monday Emily Yoffe published a long piece in Slate arguing that the Obama administration and college officials have become overwrought in their concern about campus se...

December 12, 2014

Sexual Assault Among College-Age Females - Bureau of Justice Statistics

Compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization against females ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college. This report examines the relations...

December 11, 2014

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook - National Council on Teacher Quality

The 2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook keeps the spotlight on the critical issue of teacher preparation. In addition to updating the full set of teacher preparation polic...

December 10, 2014

Culture and Achievement - Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal

It’s a sad and intransigent truth that poor children don’t do as well in school as kids whose parents have money. During most of American history, few jobs required mor...

December 10, 2014

No Child Left Behind: Four Recommendations - Lindsey Burke, Heritage

In early 2015, Congress is likely to consider reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), presenting conse...

December 9, 2014

Who Becomes a Teacher? Encouraging Evidence - Lankford et al., CEPA

The relatively low status of teaching as a profession is often given as a factor contributing to the difficulty of recruiting teachers, the middling performance of American student...

December 8, 2014

A $1.1 Trillion Student Loan Bubble? - Joseph Lawler, Washington Examiner

$1.1 trillion. That number is big enough to make student debt seem like a national crisis touching every American household....

December 6, 2014

When Single-Sex Education is Discriminatory - Galen Sherwin, ACLU

It should be a foregone conclusion that treating boys and girls differently in school is sex discrimination. Except in many schools across the country that isn't the case. Hopefull...

December 6, 2014

Zero Tolerance: Criminalizing Students - Noah Berlatsky, Pacific Standard

“Every young person should be safe,” Bill Clinton declared to the students of Webster Groves High School in St. Louis during his 1996 re-election campaign. “I wan...

December 5, 2014

State Disinvestment in Higher Ed - Elizabeth Baylor, CAP

It has been well documented that the nation’s public colleges, universities, community colleges, and career training centers significantly boost the economic mobility of stud...

December 4, 2014

Head Start's Varying Effectiveness - Katharine B. Stevens, AEI

Now that the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act has finally been reauthorized, it seems likely that attention will eventually turn to the overdue reauthorization of Head St...

December 4, 2014

Title IX: Good, Not Bad, and Ugly - Jonathan Plucker, Education Week

My paternal grandmother was a heck of an athlete. Probably even more so than several of her brothers, some of whom were amazing athletes. Well into her 60s, she had a mean jump sho...

December 3, 2014

College: Low Probability of a Big Payoff - Andrew P. Kelly, AEI

For far too many disadvantaged high school graduates, access to college is a dead end rather than an on ramp to the middle class. Low-income students often graduate high school u...

December 3, 2014

The Four Year Degree Myth - Complete College America

In their latest report, Four-Year Myth, Complete College America and its Alliance of States reveal that the vast majority of full-time American college students do not gr...

December 2, 2014

Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax? - Robby Soave, Reason

Journalists who contemplate such matters are now wondering whether the incredible Rolling Stone story about the gang rape of a University of Virginia student is just...

December 2, 2014

Universities Should Get Out of the Housing Business - Peter Lawler, NRO

Reading Rolling Stone and then Carl about the gang rape at the frat house at the University of Virginia has caused me to wonder whether many or most colleges and universi...

December 1, 2014

Maybe Preschool Helps Some Kids but Not Others - Jay Belsky, NYT

BEHIND a half-century of policies to promote child development, there lies an assumption: that children are essentially equally affected by the environments they grow up in, and th...

December 1, 2014

Bringing Higher Ed Into Focus - National Survey of Student Engagement

Findings released today from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) show how the average student experience can vary considerably from one institution to the next, even a...

November 26, 2014

Are Colleges Using Their Space Wisely? - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

Texas, the country's second-largest state, will commence its next legislative session in January. Among the bills already introduced (during the "pre-filing" session), two seek sli...

January 12, 2015

UVA Reinstates Frat at Heart of Rolling Stone Rape Allegation

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan Lays Out Plan to Revamp No Child Left Behind

January 8, 2015

Obama Proposes Making Two Years of Community College Free

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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Arne Duncan to GOP Congress: Testin

Any future revision of No Child Left Behind – which officially expired some eight years ago – sh...