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May 4, 2015

School Closures and Student Achievement - Churchill & Petrilli, Fordham

Bad schools rarely die. This was the conclusion of Fordham’s 2010 report Are Bad Schools Immortal?, which discovered that out of two thousand low-performing schools acro...

May 4, 2015

Why Classroom Diversity Matters - Jeanne L. Reid et al., Century Foundation

Over the past decade, public investments in early childhood education have increased, and policymakers have focused on creating high-quality, sustainable preschool programs. Howeve...

May 1, 2015

'College for the Masses': Merits and Limits - Nick Bunker, Equitable Growth

The relative importance of education and skills to the rise in U.S. economic inequality is a widely debated issue. One of the questions at the core of this debate is how much would...

April 30, 2015

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April 30, 2015

Beyond College Rankings - Brookings Institution

The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along...

April 29, 2015

America's Future Educators - ACT

In this report, ACT looks specifically at students expressing an interest in education as a profession....

April 28, 2015

The Cost of School Drug Testing - Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

Twenty-thousand dollars could do a lot for a typical cash-strapped school district. You could renovate a classroom, or hire a part-time teacher's aide, or buy some computers or a w...

April 28, 2015

Kansas Tax Cuts: The Fallout - Michael Kranish, Boston Globe

Beryl New, the principal at Highland Park High School, adorns her office with photographs of the civil rights struggle, from the scene of Little Rock riots to Martin Luther King&rs...

April 24, 2015

Teens Who Drop Out to Work - Molly M. Scott et al., Urban Institute

Graduating from high school is vital to young people’s life chances. Much of the current policy conversation around helping youth stay the course focuses on disconnected yout...

April 23, 2015

The Upwardly Mobile Barista - Amanda Ripley, The Atlantic

Mary Hamm was in pain, though it was hard to tell. She bustled around the Starbucks, pouring drinks, restocking pastries, and greeting customers with an unshakable gaze perfec...

April 22, 2015

Why Some Forgo College - Andrew P. Kelly, American Enterprise Institute

Many adults without a college degree aspire to some higher credential, but most overestimate the cost of higher education, which could deter them from furthering their education....

April 20, 2015

Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing - Alan Greenblatt, Governing

Common Core has become a toxic brand, the most contentious issue on the education landscape, reviled by partisans at both ends of the political spectrum....

April 18, 2015

Charter Schools Won't Solve Segregation - Matt Bruenig, Demos

One of the things charter school advocates like to point out is that neighborhood schools are class-segregated because access to them depends upon your ability to secure housing in...

April 18, 2015

Just How Racist Are Schoolteachers? - Julia Lurie, Mother Jones

It's no secret that black kids are more likely to be suspended from school than white kids—three times more likely, according to a 2012 report from the Office of Ci...

April 18, 2015

Can 'Grit' Save American Education? - Rachel M. Cohen, American Prospect

Twice a week for 30 minutes, fifth graders at KIPP Washington Heights, a charter school in New York City, attend “character class.” Each lesson is divided into three pa...

April 18, 2015

Three Charts Explain the Student Loan Mess - Noah Smith, Bloomberg

Here are three charts about student loans that have me worried. First, the total amount of student loans in the U.S. has risen steadily, doubling just since the financial crisis....

April 17, 2015

The New Campus Thought Police - Joan W. Scott, The Nation

In August 2014, Steven Salaita was scheduled to take up a position as a tenured associate professor in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program at the University of Illin...

April 15, 2015

No Child Left Behind and Wishful Thinking - Michael J. Petrilli, Fordham

Everyone is right to laud the impressive work of Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and ranking member Patty Murray in producing a strong bipartisan bill to u...

April 15, 2015

Common Core's Effect in Kentucky - Zeyu Xu & Kennan Cepa, AIR

April 15, 2015

Don't Forgive Student Loans - Abigail R. Hall, InsideSources

Graduation season is just around the corner. But the happy occasion will be tinged with apprehension for many new graduates who will face their first serious debt—student loa...

April 11, 2015

Tax Credits: A Bad Way to Promote College - D. Douglas-Gabriel, Wash Post

Tax credits have been hailed by politicians as a good way to help families pay for college. But new research suggests that the billions of dollars the government spends on these...

April 9, 2015

Student Loans and Opportunistic Default - Darolia & Ritter, Philly Fed

April 9, 2015

U. of Michigan Cancels 'American Sniper' - Edward Morrissey, Fiscal Times

The film American Sniper turned into an unexpected cultural phenomenon at the beginning of the year. The R-rated drama hauled in over $100 million in its first wide-relea...

April 8, 2015

Are School Voucher Studies Biased? - Michael Q. McShane, Friedman

Determining if a policy actually causes some impact on people’s lives is an incredibly difficult task.  Humans are complex creatures, and the world that we liv...

April 8, 2015

A Deal on No Child Left Behind - Fawn Johnson, National Journal

After years of squabbling, lawmakers may actually have settled on a workable rewrite of the landmark No Child Left Behind law....

April 8, 2015

Who's to Blame for Rising Tuition? - Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Wash Post

In an op-ed in the New York Times over the weekend, University of Colorado law professor Paul F. Campos offered a provocative answer to the frequently asked question: why...

April 7, 2015

How Social and Emotional Skills Enable Progress - OECD

Today’s children will need a balanced set of cognitive, social and emotional skills in order to succeed in modern life. Their capacity to achieve goals, work effectively with...

April 7, 2015

Not All Collegiate Sanity Is Lost - Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

Adlai Stevenson once said "A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." That description hasn't much applied to today's college campuses, where we've se...

April 7, 2015

Creating More Skilled Workers - Harry J. Holzer, Brookings Institution

Employment of Americans in middle-wage jobs has been declining, due to trends both in employer demand and worker skill attainment. Workforce development in the US now mostly occurs...

April 6, 2015

'A Rape on Campus': What Went Wrong? - Sheila Coronel et al., CJR

LAST JULY 8, SABRINA RUBIN ERDELY, a writer for Rolling Stone, telephoned Emily Renda, a rape survivor working on sexual assault issues as a staff member at the University of ...

April 3, 2015

Does College Matter? - Mary C. Daly et al., San Francisco Fed

April 3, 2015

Community College Reform: Mentors, Not Money - David Gray, RCPolicy

This week, millions of American students will receive long-awaited college acceptance and rejection letters. Many will head to four-year colleges in the fall. Many others will go t...

April 2, 2015

Obama's College Rating System: Where Is It? - Kevin James, RCPolicy

President Obama announced a college-rating system in late 2013. Eighteen months in, there's no sign that the system is anywhere near completion. At this point, the best i...

April 1, 2015

What Education Can and Can't Accomplish - Hershbein et al., Hamilton

Mainstream labor economists as well as several public commentators have argued that trends in the economy over recent decades—including technological developments, globalization,...

April 1, 2015

We're Failing Bright Poor Students - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

A new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds that state education policies are failing bright, low-income students. Learn why no one state receives an A on any of the nin...

March 31, 2015

Bad Arguments Against Paying College Athletes - Andy Schwarz, Vice

What is someone worth to a sports team?...

March 30, 2015

Are Educators Also Police Officers? - Tim Walker, NEA

In March 2010, Ramona Whitely, a preschool teacher at a Head Start center in Cleveland, Ohio, noticed that one of her students, a 3-year-old boy (“L.C.”)...

March 28, 2015

The Gender Gap in Reading - Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution

This week marks the release of the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education, the fourteenth issue of the series.  One of the three studies in the report, “Girls, Boys, an...

March 28, 2015

The Demise of College Is Greatly Exaggerated - Robert Pondiscio, US News

On a snowy December night in 1981, I packed my clothes and stereo into the back of a battered Ford Capri and drove away from SUNY Oswego. I was mid-way through a restless sophomore...

March 27, 2015

Urban Charter Schools in 41 Regions: A Study - CREDO

Welcome to the digital report of the Urban Charter School Study. This website has been developed to host the results of CREDO's study of charter schools in 41 urban communities i...

March 27, 2015

Cutting Education to Balance State Budgets - Elaine S. Povich, Stateline

Governors in nearly a half-dozen states want to cut state spending on colleges and universities to help close budget shortfalls, often sparking vehement opposition among state lawm...

March 26, 2015

College Degrees: High Cost, High Reward - Jeffrey R. Brown et al., VoxEU

College-educated workers are less likely to experience unemployment, but their lifetime earnings are also much more uncertain. This column estimates the risk-adjusted value of coll...

March 25, 2015

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

The 2015 Brown Center Report (BCR) represents the 14th edition of the series since the first issue was published in 2000.  It includes three studies.  Like all previ...

March 25, 2015

Truly Higher Education - Peter Augustine Lawler, National Affairs

Education is a perennial human good, and its decadence today comes, most of all, from neglecting its proper purposes. One of those purposes, of course, is to prepare free persons t...

March 24, 2015

Campus Free Speech Isn't So Simple - Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post

In most of my introductory lectures where I teach, after going through the syllabus and other requisite first-day-of-class matters, I often say a variant of the following....

March 20, 2015

No Child Left Behind: No Miracles Here - Paul Thomas, The Conversation

Although re-authorization is still politically complicated, 2015 appears to be the year the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will be reformed....

March 19, 2015

The Death of Free Speech on Campus - A. Barton Hinkle, Reason

One of the truly delightful things about college is that it allows earnest young people to try out all sorts of ridiculous ideas without causing much lasting harm. After graduation...

March 18, 2015

Moneyball for Education - Frederick M. Hess & Bethany Little, AEI

The ‘moneyball’ strategy, which used data to help improve success and cost-efficiency in baseball, should be applied to the US education system to advance locally led e...

March 17, 2015

Education and Parental Income - Chingos & Dynarski, Brookings Institution

There are many Americans who would benefit from a postsecondary education but who never attend college, or who start college but don’t earn a degree. Many come from low-incom...

March 14, 2015

Racist Frats Shouldn't Be Tax-Exempt - Herzig & Brunson, Slate

The video of an inexcusable racist chant by members of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity came as a shock to most viewers. The frate...

April 30, 2015

California's Latino Graduation Crisis

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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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By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday cut the prison sentences by more than half ...