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April 15, 2014

Where the Educated Are Most Segregated - Richard Florida, Atlantic Cities

The postindustrial economy requires talented and educated workers—or, in economic parlance, those with high levels of human capital. And, as my previous research has demonstrated...

April 15, 2014

Income-Based Student-Loan Repayment? - Akers & Chingos, Brookings

The plight of underemployed college graduates struggling to make their student loan payments has received a great deal of media attention throughout the recent economic recession.&...

April 14, 2014

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April 11, 2014

How America Saves for College 2014 - Sallie Mae

In 2009, Sallie Mae launched How America Saves for College. To understand how American families are planning for their children’s education, the study captures data on parent...

April 8, 2014

Elevating the Teaching Profession - Matt Miller for Congress

“In the highest-performing school systems in the world – which are now in countries like Finland, Singapore and South Korea — the caliber of person recruited to t...

April 7, 2014

Have We Reached Peak Higher Ed? - Bryan Alexander, Inside Higher Ed

American higher education now seems to be recovering at last from the 2008 financial crisis. Some states are increasing their support for public universities and colleges. Backlash...

April 5, 2014

Can Free College Save Cities? - Cassie Walker Burke, Politico Magazine

For weeks there were whispers. And then one night in November 2005, hundreds of parents, teachers, and students crammed into a boardroom at a drab administration building south of ...

April 2, 2014

Parenting and Schools: What Research Says - Jonathan Rothwell, Brookings

Yesterday, parents in DC were told whether or not their children won the lottery. That is, whether or not they could attend a school of their choice. Competition over high qua...

March 31, 2014

New York's School Segregation - Kucsera & Orfield, UCLA Civil Rights Project

New York has the most segregated schools in the country: in 2009, black and Latino students in the state had the highest concentration in intensely-segregated public schools (less&...

March 29, 2014

Do Public Schools Outperform Private Ones? - Patrick J. Wolf, EdNext

When The Public School Advantage hit the shelves, critics of private school choice were elated. The Lubienskis, whose prior research has been highly critical of school ch...

March 29, 2014

California Universities' Quest for Diversity - The Editors, LA Times

The 40-year debate over affirmative action at state universities generally has been conducted in terms of general principles. At first, advocates emphasized the importance of compe...

March 28, 2014

Transform Education With Competition - Pethokoukis & McShane, AEIdeas

Are America’s K-12 schools fixable? And do center-right policymakers have any better ideas than just school vouchers? On a new episode of the Ricochet Money & Politics Podcast,...

March 27, 2014

Colleges That Make Students Poorer - Jordan Weissmann, Slate

Every year, the salary comparison website Payscale.com gathers up its massive trove of user generated data and ranks America’s colleges and universities based on wh...

March 26, 2014

Let Schools Teach Stupid Stuff - Nick Gillespie, Time

Tax dollars are used to teach all sorts of nonsense in public schools. So why is it news when vouchers are involved?I’m certain that Adam and Eve didn’t have a pet tric...

March 26, 2014

The Success of Race to the Top - White House and Department of Education

In the four years since the Obama Administration announced its first Race to the Top grants, the President’s signature education initiative has helped spark a wave of reform ...

March 25, 2014

Improving Teacher Preparation - Tooley & Bornfreund, New America

While educator preparation has always been important, it is now more important than ever. Currently, there are more first year teachers in the United States than teachers of any ot...

March 25, 2014

Pre-K: A Response to Neal McCluskey - Peter D. Salins, RealClearPolicy

I agree with Neal McCluskey that innovations in education policy need to be justified by evidence, and concede that the empirical support for the benefits of preschool, e...

March 24, 2014

Distorting Racial School-Discipline Numbers - Heather Mac Donald, NRO

The U.S. Education Department released yet another study Friday documenting the fact that black students are suspended and expelled at higher rates than white students.&n...

March 22, 2014

The Civil Rights Data Collection - Department of Education

Access and equity data collected from public schools....

March 21, 2014

Charter School Performance in California - CREDO

Across the country, charter schools occupy a growing position in the public education landscape. Heated debate has accompanied their existence since their start in Minnesota two de...

March 21, 2014

Education and SAT Trends for Each State - Andrew Coulson, Cato Institute

Long-term trends in academic performance and spending are valuable tools for evaluating past education policies and informing current ones. But such data have been scarce at the st...

March 21, 2014

Pre-K: Not So 'Empirically Validated' - Neal McCluskey, RealClearPolicy

Today the unenviable task of opposing publicly funded schooling for the littlest Americans falls to me. Worse, I have to disagree with Peter Salins, whose past work I've greatly en...

March 21, 2014

Two Facts About College Dropouts - Robert VerBruggen, RealClearPolicy

Over the last two days, our updates have linked to a pair of pieces -- one by Michael J. Petrilli, the other by Mark Huelsman -- debating whether the staggeringly hi...

March 21, 2014

Universities' Shopping Mall Business Model - Paula Stephan, VoxEU

US universities resemble high-end shopping malls. They use nice buildings and good reputations to attract good students and good faculty. To pay for this, external funding – ...

March 20, 2014

Preschool Really Is the Magic Bullet - Peter D. Salins, RealClearPolicy

America's most intractable educational failure is the woeful school performance of its most disadvantaged children. The educationally "left behind" include not only racial minoriti...

March 20, 2014

The Myth of the STEM Shortage - Michael S. Teitelbaum, The Atlantic

Everyone knows that the United States has long suffered from widespread shortages in its science and engineering workforce, and that if continued these shortages will cause it to f...

March 19, 2014

How Well Are American Students Learning? - Tom Loveless, Brookings

This year’s Brown Center Report on American Education represents the third installment of volume three and the 13th issue overall since the publication began in 2000.&nb...

March 19, 2014

Community Colleges Need Help - Richard Kahlenberg, Democracy

In a single year’s time, Isaac Cameron, a low-income African-American student, went from attending Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington—where he says he...

March 19, 2014

Stop Pretending College Is for Everyone - Michael J. Petrilli, Slate

It’s an article of faith in the school reform community that we should be striving to prepare all students for success in college—if not a four-year degree, then some o...

March 18, 2014

When Pregnancy Is Easier Than College - Shanice Joseph, Hechinger Report

If I were to get pregnant, I would know just where to go for help: the local Women, Infants, and Children food and nutrition service offices, Planned Parenthood, and the Family Res...

March 18, 2014

Can College in Prison Reduce Recidivism? - Stuart Butler, See Thru Edu

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently set off a firestorm by saying he wants to reintroduce state-funded college classes in state prisons. He wants classes in 10 prisons as a t...

March 17, 2014

Harvard's Chickens Come Home to Roost? - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

Harvard is taking flak. First, The Harvard Crimson reported that the median grade for undergraduates is an A-, with an A being the most common grade awarded. Next, t...

March 17, 2014

MOOCs: A Non-Revolution - Gayle Christensen & Brandon Alcorn, Slate

A revolution in education has been promised with a little help from technology. Massive Open Online Courses are free, online, university-level instruction that anyone can access fr...

March 17, 2014

Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? - Cellini & Goldin, NBER

We use administrative data from five states to provide the first comprehensive estimates of the size of the for-profit higher education sector in the U.S. Our estimates include sch...

March 17, 2014

The Great Skills Gap Myth - Aaron M. Renn, Urbanophile

One of the great memes out there in trying to diagnose persistently high unemployment and anemic job growth during what is still, I argue, the Great Recession is the so-called &ldq...

March 14, 2014

Higher Ed and the Fleecing of Taxpayers - Reihan Salam, National Review

The federal government spends a substantial amount on higher education student aid. As of fiscal year 2013, the federal government provided $35.9 billion in grant aid, wh...

March 13, 2014

Tracking SAT Scores Over Time - Andrew Coulson, Cato Institute

Over the years, countless reporters and even policy analysts have attempted to draw conclusions from changes in state SAT scores over time. That’s a mistake. Fluctuations in ...

March 12, 2014

Recent Developments in Campus Censorship - Greg Lukianoff, Reason

In the year and a half since I handed in the final draft ofUnlearning Liberty, an amazing number of developments have taken place on and off campus regarding the free speech rights...

March 11, 2014

Private Schools Are Not Elitist - Robbie Rhinesmith, Friedman Foundation

“Over half of the families we serve qualify for the federal free or reduced(-price) lunch program, and every high school student at Memphis Catholic participates in the [Educ...

March 11, 2014

Will Common Core Widen Achievement Gaps? - Burris & Aja, Wash Post

When the Common Core curriculum was promoted in 2009, its creators said unequivocally that principles of equity would be at the center of its eventual implementation. After all, th...

March 10, 2014

Drinking During Pregnancy Affects Kids' Test Scores - Lewis et al., VoxEU

The US Surgeon General first published a report on drinking during pregnancy in 1981, drawing attention to the link between prenatal alcohol consumption and birth defects (Office o...

March 10, 2014

Our Ridiculous SAT Debate - Robert VerBruggen, RealClearPolicy

Since the recent announcement that major changes are coming to the SAT, I've seen about 10,000 articles claiming that (A) the correlation between family income and SAT scores prove...

March 10, 2014

Early Education: What Is Quality? - Jack McCarthy, Appletree Institute

From President Obama’s recent budget announcement proposing a $68.6 billion hike in the federal tobacco tax to help pay for universal pre-K, to New York City Mayor Bill de Bl...

March 10, 2014

College Price Hikes Cost More for the Poor - Marcus & Hacker, Hechinger

America’s colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their co...

March 8, 2014

California's Pre-K Dreaming - Larry Sand, City Journal

California’s Democrats have dreamed for more than a decade of bringing universal preschool to the Golden State. In the latest push, Democratic state senate leader Darrell Ste...

March 7, 2014

In Defense of the Common Core - Bleiberg & West, Brookings Institution

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are under attack from the right and the left. Liberals fear that policy makers will use the standards to punish teachers. Conservatives belie...

March 7, 2014

Making College Pay Off - Peter D. Salins, Minding the Campus

In the United States and every other advanced society today, the share of the population with some level of postsecondary education (college in ordinary parlance) is a key indicato...

March 7, 2014

College Enrollment: Men Left Behind - Lopez & Gonzalez-Barrera, Pew

Even though college enrollment rates among young people have risen in recent decades, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that females outpace male...

March 6, 2014

When States Disinvest From Higher Ed - Hiltonsmith & Draut, Demos

As student debt continues to climb, it’s important to understand how our once debt-free system of public universities and colleges has been transformed into a system in which...

March 1, 2014

Common Core's Early Implementers - Northern & Petrilli, EducationNext

The last year has found critics and advocates of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) duking it out in the political arena. That a common set of high expectations for K–12 ...

February 28, 2014

Why the ACLU Is Afraid of Vouchers - Derrell Bradford, Friedman

An ACLU blog post this month questioning the intentions of School Choice Week and the policy impact of “vouchers” was disappointing, particularly in its frami...

April 14, 2014

States Crack Down on For-Profit Colleges, Student Loan Industry

April 14, 2014

Record Percentage of Entering Harvard Students Are Black

April 13, 2014

Statisticians Slam Teacher Evals

April 11, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis'

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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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