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October 15, 2014

Student Loans: How Not to Help - Robert Shireman, California Competes

Four months after my niece's graduation party, she got an email with a subject line indicating that she would soon need to start making payments on her student loans. Employed only...

October 15, 2014

Who's Making It to College? - National Student Clearinghouse

Our second annual report provides high school-to-college transition rates for graduates of public non-charter, public charter, and private high schools. For students of public non-...

October 14, 2014

To Reduce Debt, Florida College Cuts Off Some Student Borrowing -

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October 14, 2014

'Yes Means Yes' Is a Terrible Law and I Support It - Ezra Klein, Vox

SB 697, California's "Yes Means Yes" law, is a terrible bill. But it's a necessary one....

October 14, 2014

Working Conditions of Adjunct Faculty - Public Sociology Association

As many as 3 in 4 college or university instructors today are part-time or “contingent” faculty. In many cases, they must work long hours for multiple institutions, wit...

October 11, 2014

A Culture of Campus 'Rape Culture' - Heather Mac Donald, NRO

Proponents of the idea that American colleges are frequent sites of sexual assault have seized on the abduction of a University of Virginia undergraduate to further their case. ...

October 10, 2014

The Heritability of Academic Achievement - Eva Krapohl et al., PNAS

Differences among children in educational achievement are highly heritable from the early school years until the end of compulsory education at age 16, when UK students are assesse...

October 8, 2014

The Ed Dept.'s New War on Inequality - Michael S. Greve, Library of L&L

This past Friday, Boston College’s excellent Shep Melnick (interviewed on this site not long ago) gratuitously ruined my weekend by alerting me to the latest “Dear Coll...

October 8, 2014

The Affluent Are Borrowing More for College - Richard Fry, Pew Research

In 2012, a record share of the nation’s new college graduates (69%) had taken out student loans to finance their education, and the typical amount they had borrowed was more ...

October 8, 2014

Aid for College Is Missing the Mark - Eduardo Porter, New York Times

In 1987, when he was Ronald Reagan’s education secretary, the conservative culture warrior William J. Bennett wrote a famous essay denouncing federal aid for higher...

October 7, 2014

The Plot Against Public Education - Bob Herbert, Politico Magazine

Bill Gates had an idea. He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner. His idea? America’s high schools were too big....

October 6, 2014

Connecticut Targets Homeschoolers - Matthew Hennessey, City Journal

In Connecticut, Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has returned a curious and controversial draft recommendation: the state should increase its oversi...

October 6, 2014

Education Data Is Inscrutable and Inaccessible - Hechinger Report

One of the many provisions of the 2001 federal education act, known as No Child Left Behind, was a requirement that states had to issue a “report card”  for e...

October 3, 2014

A Record Low Dropout Rate - Richard Fry, Pew Research Center

More U.S. high school students are staying in school, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau, as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year. Jus...

October 1, 2014

The School Voucher Audit - Friedman Foundation

Students transferring to private schools using publicly funded vouchers saved participating states more than $1.7 billion over a 20-year period....

October 1, 2014

Are the Advantages to College Declining? - Nick Bunker, Equitable Growth

College graduates entering the workforce—diplomas in hand and ready to take on new challenges—are both excited and anxious about their prospects, yet anxiety may well t...

September 30, 2014

Who Gets Left Behind in School? - Marilyn Achiron, OECD

It was the kind of thing you whispered about with your classmates, while for the kid himself – and it usually was a “he” – it was an embarrassment that some...

September 29, 2014

Memphis's Ambitious Plan to Fix Schools - John Buntin, Governing

The tension around the conference table was palpable....

September 29, 2014

Higher Ed, Hollowed Out - Peter Augustine Lawler, The American Interest

America’s higher education system tends to justify its rising, often scandalous costs by boasting the great practical and personal benefits it bestows on its graduates. At the ri...

September 27, 2014

Cognitive Science Behind Common Core - Marchitello & Wilhelm, CAP

Raising academic standards has been part of the education policy discourse for decades. As early as the 1990s, states and school districts attempted to raise student achievement by...

September 25, 2014

Who Benefits From Gifted Education? - Libby Nelson, Vox

If a school offers separate classes for gifted students, one of the most difficult questions is who should be allowed in and who can benefit. Should students be picked based on the...

September 25, 2014

Liberals Must Put Students Before Teachers - Laurence Tribe, USA Today

When I decided to join Students Matter, the group that spearheaded a lawsuit that invalidated California's teacher tenure, dismissal and "last in, first out" layoff ...

September 25, 2014

Let's Talk About Banning Fraternities - Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

When I was at Tulane University, girls were warned about the “bad” fraternities: the ones that spiked the punch at parties with Everclear and maybe drugs, the kind of f...

September 25, 2014

Conditions That Feed For-Profit Colleges - Tressie Cottom, Pacific Standard

One of the better things about social media is that if you manage to curate social feeds with just the right balance of entertaining spirits and brilliant intellects, it delivers u...

September 25, 2014

Kids Who Don't Go To College Also Matter - Froma Harrop, Creators

It shouldn’t be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and ...

September 23, 2014

How the Common Core Went Wrong - Frederick M. Hess, National Affairs

Even before the Common Core State Standards initiative was officially unveiled in June 2010, dozens of states had already pledged to adopt the standards. By the end of 2010, 39 sta...

September 20, 2014

Time for Head Start 3.0 - Jack McCarthy, AppleTree Institute

As Early Head Start celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the Head Start program is about to mark its half-century, a timely reassessment of the program’s effectivene...

September 18, 2014

The Government Won't Let Colleges Cut Tuition - Ike Brannon, American

Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot lega...

September 18, 2014

Three-Year Degrees Can Cut the Cost of College - Paul Weinstein, PPI

The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Our universities and colleges are unmatched, and we have more highly rated schools than all of our competitors comb...

September 17, 2014

Is Online Education Rife With Cheating? - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

As online education grows, so do the ranks of its critics. One of the charges leveled by online learning's doubters is that it is easier for students to cheat on exams given over t...

September 17, 2014

Rural Families Should Have School Choice - Smarick & Craig, Friedman

A common argument against school choice in rural America is that there just aren’t enough schools from which to choose. But the more you understand about choice policy and th...

September 17, 2014

Preparing Youth for College and Career - Theodos et al., Urban Institute

This report presents baseline and process study findings of an evaluation of the Urban Alliance high school internship program, which provides training, mentoring, and work experie...

September 17, 2014

Colleges' Pell Grant Shell Game - Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed

Hundreds of colleges charge low-income students tuition that is half or more of their household’s entire yearly income,according to a report released today by the New America...

September 13, 2014

Virtual Schooling and Student Learning - Chingos & Schwerdt, PEPG

Evidence from Florida virtual schools....

September 13, 2014

Newsweek's Top Schools: Demographics - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Newsweek has a list of 500 high schools that are "beating the odds" -- meaning that their students have good outcomes despite high poverty rates....

September 11, 2014

Eva Moskowitz's Success: What We Know - Paul Bruno, Fordham

With the release last month of the latest round test scores, Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz is now a bona fide national-education-reform celebrity. Sh...

September 11, 2014

Boosting College Graduation Through Triage - Robert VerBruggen, RCPolicy

Are too many people going to college? I tend to think so -- and I've suggested that, rather than trying to prod more kids into higher education, we should focus...

September 11, 2014

College Is Already Free for Poor Kids - Stephen Rose, Republic 3.0

September 10, 2014

Downward Mobility in Higher Education - Libby Nelson, Vox

In most developed countries, education builds from generation to generation: Adults often have more education than their parents, and they expect their children will be better-educ...

September 9, 2014

The Emergence of 'Big Higher Ed' - Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

The annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities this year had the tone of a revival meeting....

September 8, 2014

Hispanic Success and School Choice - Butcher & Lima, RealClearPolicy

Angela Ramirez, a stay-at-home-mom living in Arizona, is trying to find a great education for her children -- and herself. She sends her two adopted sons to a private school using ...

September 8, 2014

Teacher Diversity, Ed Schools, and Affirmative Action - Education Realist

Education policy rarely—hell, let’s say never—results in anticipated consequences. But usually, this acknowledgment turns our thoughts to bleak, dark places....

September 6, 2014

Why Do Teacher Unions Hate Eva Moskowitz? - Jonathan Chait, New York

If you were to compile a list of American heroes of social justice, Eva Moskowitz would be near the top. Her network of Success Academy Charter Schools has been a staggering triump...

September 6, 2014

The Cost of Educating Illegal Immigrants' Children - FAIR

September is coming and so is the start of a new school year. This year, there will be almost 37,000 "unaccompanied" alien minors who will be enrolling in public school in the Unit...

September 5, 2014

How Much Are Teachers Really Paid? - Pamela Villarreal et al., NCPA

Los Angeles and New York City elementary school teachers are some of the highest paid in the country according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data. It is no surprise...

September 5, 2014

So Is College Worth It, or Not? - James Pethokoukis, AEIdeas

The NY Fed has published a series of blog posts on college education. Let me handle them “save you a click” style. “What is the value of a college degree?”  It remains ne...

September 4, 2014

No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked - John McWhorter, Daily Beast

As kids go back to school this week, when it comes to black ones, it’s time to do some myth-busting. This week’s topic: black teens calling their nerdy black peers &ldq...

September 4, 2014

Combating Grade Inflation - Thomas Lindsay, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Grade inflation is real, rampant, and ravaging our universities—debasing standards and undermining the morale of our learning institutions. Transcript transparency is require...

September 3, 2014

Closing the Science Gap - Harry Stein et al., Center for American Progress

The National Science Foundation, or NSF; the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST; and the Department of Energy Office of Science, or DOE Science, provide a subs...

September 3, 2014

The Good in Standardized Testing - Lelac Almagor, Boston Review

I was still in college the first time someone cried in a parent-teacher conference with me. I had found a summer job at a free enrichment program for public school students. One of...

October 13, 2014

New York City Poised to End Ban on Cell Phones in Schools

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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10 Colleges With the Highest 4-Year

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies ind...

Chicago teachers' union head won't

(Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who had surgery last week for a serious il...

New York City Is Ending Its Ban on

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make good on one of his campaign promises—one that wil...

Massachusetts nurse educations prog

A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to ...