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October 6, 2015

Vouchers: Where Are the Campaigns? - Grover Whitehurst, Brookings

Education has been a more prominent topic in the campaigns for president than it was in the last two cycles. With respect to school choice, Republicans have been enthusiastic suppo...

October 6, 2015

Turning 529s Into Lifelong Learning Accounts - Dan Lips, CRN

A Federal Reform to Improve American Education...

October 6, 2015

The Case Against Free College - Matt Bruenig, The New Republic

In the United States, as in much of the rest of the world, college students receive three kinds of public benefits: tuition subsidies, living grants, and public loans. Through vari...

October 5, 2015

Campuses Debate Rising Demands for 'Comfort Animals' -

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October 1, 2015

The Unilateral War on College Men - Glenn Reynolds, USA Today

It appears to many — including me — as if theObama administration is engaged in a war on college men. Using debunked statistics, the president, the vice ...

September 30, 2015

How to Fix Community Colleges - Judah Bellin, Manhattan Institute

As worries over Americans' workforce skills persist, community colleges have reemerged as a potential solution. The country's 1,132 community colleges—two-year, not-for-profi...

September 29, 2015

Fixing Student Loan Repayment - Kevin James, National Affairs

In his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama proposed allowing federal student-loan borrowers to cap their monthly payments at 10% of their discretionary income. Any bor...

September 28, 2015

Schools: A Band-Aid for Inequality - Jeff Spross, The Week

In the age of rising inequality, we've turned education into a kind of technocratic talisman. It's what will make people more productive and higher earners. It's what will hel...

September 28, 2015

The Myth of Campus 'Rape Culture' - Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post

So Harvard has now released the results of its sexual conduct survey and there’s only one question left to answer: How many incidents of sexual assault did not involve drinki...

September 26, 2015

College Scorecard: Why No Beauty Schools? - Tyler Kingkade, Huff Post

The new College Scorecard from the U.S. Department of Education, which the Obama administration touted as providing vital consumer information for prospective c...

September 26, 2015

Boehner's Policy Wins Were Political Losers - Timothy Noah, Politico

John Boehner may be remembered for governing during one of the most dysfunctional periods in congressional history, but he leaves behind substantive policy achievements in health c...

September 25, 2015

Longer School Year Could Worsen Gaps - Seth Gershenson, Brookings

The strength of the relationship between instructional days and student learning is central to policy debates and cost-benefit analyses regarding the length of the school year. Ide...

September 25, 2015

The Rich-Poor College Dropout Gap - Annie Waldman, ProPublica

A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower ra...

September 24, 2015

Eight Ideas for Slashing College Debt - Maggie Severns, Politico

Higher education is putting young Americans in a bind: As a degree becomes more crucial to their professional futures, it also becomes more daunting to their finances. The price of...

September 23, 2015

The Real Obama Education Legacy - Frederick M. Hess, National Affairs

President Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009 with great hope and promise. Education reform, in particular, seemed set to benefit. Candidate Obama had made a point of using educa...

September 23, 2015

A Look at Four Sexual Assault Surveys - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

September 22, 2015

Campus Sexual Assault: A Survey - Association of American Universities

The primary goal of the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct was to provide participating institutions of higher education with information to inform polic...

September 22, 2015

U. of California: Intolerant of Truth - Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

Criminologists at the University of California beware: disseminating crime data could put you afoul of university governance. The politically appointed regents of the ten-campus UC...

September 22, 2015

Why Is College Expensive if Profs Are Paid Little? - Michelle Chen, Nation

As the fall semester begins on the small-town campus of St Michael’s College in Vermont, Sharyn Layfield is entering the autumn of her educational career with the freshman...

September 21, 2015

Why Ahmed's Clock Alarmed Authorities - Scott Greer, Daily Caller

What should a school do when it catches a kid with a prank bomb/clock?...

September 21, 2015

Analyzing the New Federal Higher Ed Data - Miller & Flores, CAP

The Obama administration unleashed a massive deluge of data on the higher education community this past weekend. This set of figures, dubbed the College Scorecard, repres...

September 19, 2015

How KIPP Affects Achievement - Christina Clark Tuttle et al., Mathematica

KIPP elementary schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on three of four measures of reading and mathematics skills....

September 19, 2015

Obama Won't Rate Colleges, So We Did - Quoctrung Bui et al., NPR

In 2013 President Barack Obama hatched a plan. He wanted to call out the colleges where students waste their money....

September 18, 2015

Do We Already Have Universal Pre-K? - Grover Whitehurst, Brookings

Advocacy for universal preschool is booming.  Although it has gained no traction in Congress, the bell weather of that advocacy is the Obama administration’s proposal fo...

September 17, 2015

It's Not Just Ahmed Mohamed - Max Fisher, Vox

The arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, who was treated as a threat by his own school and police for bringing in an electronic clock he'd made as an engineering project, was not a...

September 17, 2015

Ahmed's Clock and the Hysteria of Schools - William Gribbin, Daily Signal

Social media are ablaze with the story of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a student at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. On Monday morning, the amateur inventor brought a home-mad...

September 17, 2015

The State of Teacher Diversity - Shanker Institute

Teacher Diversity in the U.S. is an area of concern. The teacher work force has gotten less ethnically and racially diverse and more female, a development which has had an adverse ...

September 16, 2015

The Chaotic State of School Desegregation - Rachel M. Cohen, Prospect

In 2013, a group of white parents in northeast Arkansas tried to transfer their children out of the predominately black Blytheville School District. Like many low-income, majority-...

September 16, 2015

No Degree? The Best Cities for Jobs - Philadelphia Fed

Jobs that offer workers without a four-year college degree an opportunity to earn at least the median wage represent as many as one in three local jobs and as few as one in six in ...

September 15, 2015

How Much Ed Reform Can $100 Million Buy? - Long & Russakoff, NEA

In September 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, flanked by then-Newark mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, appeared on Oprah to announce to make an importa...

September 15, 2015

A War on College Men - Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

Is Congress waging a war on college men?  It’s starting to look like it....

September 14, 2015

'Misinformed' About Common Core, Indeed - Neal McCluskey, RCPolicy

Defenders of the Common Core national curriculum standards have a favorite tactic: deem opponents "misinformed." This has been especially popular in response to plummeting public s...

September 14, 2015

College Data Reveal Gaps in Earnings - Kevin Carey, New York Times

Colleges give prospective students very little information about how much money they can expect to earn in the job market. In part that’s because colleges may not want people...

September 14, 2015

The Biggest Problem With Student Loans - Kevin D. Williamson, NR

As a purely economic matter, the principle of diminishing returns applies to education. Little Moonbeam almost certainly will be financially better off in life with her B.A. in wom...

September 12, 2015

Our Racist 'Gifted' Education System - Max Nisen, Quartz

In many places around the US, low-income and minority children are significantly underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. This seems to be the case whether the proces...

September 12, 2015

The Laws Targeting Campus Rape Culture - Tyler Bishop, The Atlantic

Between now and the time that college students pack up for Thanksgiving break, more sexual assaults will happen on campuses nationwide than during any other time of the year. The &...

September 11, 2015

The Return of the Campus Sex Wars - Emily Bazelon, New York Times

Last summer, the Harvard law professor Janet Halley sat down at her dining-room table to look through a set of policies that her university created for handling complaints of sexua...

September 10, 2015

Microaggression and Moral Cultures - Campbell & Manning, Comp. Soc.

Campus activists and others might refer to slights of one’s ethnicity or other cultural characteristics as “microaggressions,” and they might use various forums t...

September 9, 2015

Does School Funding Matter? - Isabel Sawhill, RealClearMarkets

The age-old debate about whether money matters for educational outcomes is sure to be debated in the 2016 Campaign. Gov. Scott Walker has cut aid to local schools evidently believ...

September 9, 2015

Bilingual Education Makes Kids Illiterate - Liz Peek, Fiscal Times

Once again, Donald Trump has stumbled upon an issue that is generating controversy and that is ripe for review. His criticism of Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish while in the U.S. is ...

September 9, 2015

National Accreditation and College Outcomes - Ben Miller, CAP

Albert Gray has probably had better days than June 17. As the executive director of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or ACICS, Gray heads one of the sm...

September 8, 2015

Should We Start Taxing Universities? - Jordan Weissmann, Slate

“The joke about Harvard is that it’s a hedge fund with a university attached to it,” Mark Schneider tells me. It’s a quip that, for obvious reasons, has bec...

September 4, 2015

What Is College Worth? - John Cassidy, New Yorker

If there is one thing most Americans have been able to agree on over the years, it is that getting an education, particularly a college education, is a key to human betterment and ...

September 3, 2015

Let Immigrant Graduates Stay in the U.S. - Matthew La Corte, RCPolicy

This month, college students around the country will return to their campuses and begin classes. While the pressures of college — the deep debt burden, the fear of finding a ...

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...

September 2, 2015

Why Asians Pay More for Test Prep - Robert VerBruggen, RealClearPolicy

ProPublica has an interesting new analysis:Prices for The Princeton Review's online SAT tutoring packages vary substantially depending on where customers live. If they type some ZI...

September 2, 2015

How School Choice Can Hurt Poor Kids - Andrew McEachin et al., US News

With competing legislation in Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or the ESEA, and the presidential race shining a spotlight on education issues, a ...

September 1, 2015

Questioning the Common Core - Frederick M. Hess, RealClearPolicy

This summer, Republican presidential aspirants have roundly criticized the Common Core reading and math standards as federally supported and educationally unsound — and been ...

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 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...

October 5, 2015

Why Student Debt Is Worsening for College Graduates

October 2, 2015

John King: Next Ed Secretary

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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Arkansas teachers top off a sweet d

Billionaire fund manager Nelson Peltz on Monday added a big new client when he took in $150 million ...

Not all anti-bullying laws created

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - Anti-bullying policies in most U.S. states aim to protect kids...

Why are Philadelphia colleges on al

“Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and uni...

Why student debt is worsening for c

America's $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways. College dropout...