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September 2, 2015

Bad Behavior and Early School Leaving - Shannon Ward et al., VoxEU

Early school leaving and criminal behaviour are important social problems. This column argues that delinquency and arrests both lead to early school leaving. The findings show that...

August 29, 2015

How Katrina Changed Education: A Symposium - Education Week

When the levees broke 10 years ago—drowning New Orleans in the disastrous wake of Hurricane Katrina—the ruptures set off a cascade of profound changes to public schooli...

August 29, 2015

Addressing the Teacher Shortage - Tim Walker & Richard Ingersoll, NEA

Suddenly everyone is talking about the teacher shortage, thanks largely to a recent article in The New York Times that examined the measures districts are taking – including dro...

August 28, 2015

The Frightening Power of Homeschoolers - Jessica Huseman, Slate

In the fall of 2003, police in New Jersey received a call from a concerned neighbor who’d found a young man rummaging in her garbage, looking for food. He was 19 years old bu...

August 27, 2015

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August 27, 2015

When Parents Get Paid for Homework - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

Poor kids don't do nearly as well in school as the children of the affluent. There's a vicious cycle when you talk about this, where education reformers blame the teachers, teacher...

August 27, 2015

Quality Assurance in Higher Ed: A Series - American Enterprise Institute

For half a century, the federal government, accreditation bodies, and state agencies together have regulated entry into the higher education market and eligibility for financial ai...

August 25, 2015

Two Approaches to Campus Sexual Assault - Andrew Kloster, Daily Signal

There is no doubt that American colleges should be safe for all students....

August 25, 2015

College Guide and Rankings - Washington Monthly

Welcome to the Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what college...

August 25, 2015

Congress vs. Campus Speech Restrictions - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

Of late, there has been a deluge of news accounts detailing gross violations of free speech and debate on American campuses. From campus speech codes, to commencement speaker&...

August 21, 2015

Less Federal Education Meddling Than You Think - Kevin Carey, NYT

Congress is entering final negotiations over the biggest piece of federal education legislation in over a decade. The House and Senate have both passed new versions of the No ...

August 20, 2015

Who Can Afford College Today? - Mary Ellen Flannery, NEA

In the spring of 8th grade, Joshua Sermon stopped going to school. He was living on the east side of Atlanta in a neighborhood that he won’t call very bad, but it was kind of...

August 20, 2015

The Coddling of the American Mind - Lukianoff & Haidt, Atlantic

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words...

August 17, 2015

New Orleans Schools: Beacon Or Warning? - Anya Kamenetz, NPR

On a visit back home this month, all over town, at bus shelters and local cafes, there were fliers and posters advertising schools -- with vegetable gardens and maker spaces and co...

August 14, 2015

Gov. Walker's Real Record on Higher Ed - D. Douglas-Gabriel, WonkBlog

As my colleague Anne Gearan noted, a day before entering the 2016 race in July, Walker signed a state budget that would cut $250 million from the University of Wisconsin system. An...

August 13, 2015

Toward a Culture of Academic Evidence - Alberto Acereda, RealClearEd

The hard evidence we do have about student learning is rather limited. Most schools either track student progress using their own internal assessments, which normally can’t be co...

August 13, 2015

What's Happening in China Is Happening Here - Kevin D. Williamson, NR

There isn’t any way around this: If you distort markets, you will, eventually, discover that everybody has taken out second mortgages on their Chinese ghost-town vacation condos ...

August 12, 2015

The Economics of Hillary's Higher Ed Plan - Sablich & Akers, Brookings

The Clinton plan promises to increase subsidies to higher education. The plan creates a system in which states are eligible to receive federal grant money if they meet certain benc...

August 11, 2015

Another Failed Early Education Program - David B. Muhlhausen, Heritage

In search of evidence that Head Start can be an effective program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiated the Head Start CARES demonstration project. The Head S...

August 8, 2015

New Campus Rape Bill Offers a Better Way - Cathy Young, RCP

As the start of the school year nears, the charged issue of sexual assault on campus is back on Capitol Hill. A recent U.S. Senate education committee hearing focused on ...

August 7, 2015

School Busing Didn't Work - Ted Van Dyk, Politico Magazine

Both the headline and content of Jason Sokol’s August 4th piece about Vice President Joe Biden and the 1970s busing debate do a disservice to Biden and distort what really was...

August 6, 2015

How to Fix Higher Education - Andrew P. Kelly, Conservative Reform

The cost of college places a stifling burden on America’s middle class. In a recent poll, 77 percent of respondents said they believe higher education is not affordable for those...

August 6, 2015

College Students Buy Stock in Themselves - Douglas Belkin, WSJ

Elida Gonzalez feared drowning in college debt on her road to a middle-class job, so instead she sold investors a piece of her future....

August 3, 2015

Ban College Level Remediation - Education Realist

So if any presidential candidate is out there looking for ideas–particularly you Republicans–here’s my first proposal:Colleges and universities have been con...

August 3, 2015

Nothing Academic About Campus Rape - Debra Saunders, SF Chron

"The price of a college education should never be the risk of a sexual assault," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Too many colleges don't treat rap...

August 1, 2015

New History Standards Gloss Over Racism - Jake Flanagin, Quartz

The College Board, the non-profit company that designs Advanced Placement tests for US high schools, has announced new standards for its AP US history curriculum. The revisions are...

August 1, 2015

AP History: Revisions Aren't Enough - Stanley Kurtz, National Review

The College Board has just published a revision of its controversial AP U.S. history framework. The revision is designed to meet the concerns of the 2014 framework’s many cri...

July 31, 2015

A University's Guide to PC Speech - Jonathan Chait, New York

The University of New Hampshire has a “Bias-Free Language Guide.” As the document assures its readers, it “is not meant to represent absolute requirements of lang...

July 31, 2015

Let Inmates Receive Pell Grants - Robert Hiltonsmith, Demos

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced a limited pilot program to allow some federal and state prisoners to receive Pell grants. Predictably, the plan has already ...

July 30, 2015

A Bill for Due Process on Campus - Joseph Cohn, FIRE

This morning, Representatives Matt Salmon, Pete Sessions, and Kay Granger introduced legislation on campus sexual assault that would provide meaningful due process protec...

July 29, 2015

Teacher Pensions Cost $1K per Pupil - Robert Costrell, Teacher Pensions

The crippling explosion of pension costs for the Chicago Public Schools has captured national attention. Although the Chicago case is extreme, the problem is widespread. ...

July 23, 2015

Anti-Bullying Policies in the U.S. - GLSEN

From Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts, examines the anti-bullying policies of all 13,181 school districts across the coun...

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 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 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

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...

August 26, 2015

School Breakfast Programs Now Serving 13.5 Million Kids

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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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