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November 1, 2014

Our New Rules for Career Colleges - Cecilia Munoz, White House

Yesterday, the Administration announced new regulations to protect students at career colleges from ending up with student loan debt that they cannot pay. The new rules will ens...

October 31, 2014

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October 31, 2014

Do 'Teacher Quality' Measures Work? - Thomas J. Kane, Brookings

In 25 years as an education researcher, I have never witnessed a rapid outpouring of new research in education such as we’ve seen in recent years.  In what may be the mo...

October 30, 2014

Black Kids' Schools: Segregated by Poverty Too - Reed Jordan, RCPolicy

African Americans share a uniquely high exposure to poverty in the U.S. Through a century of various explicit public and private housing-discrimination practices, African...

October 30, 2014

Report Card on American Education - ALEC

The 19th edition of the Report Card on American Education is a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income students...

October 29, 2014

Three Ways to Fix Private Student Loan Troubles - Maura Dundon, CRL

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent report on private student loans drew a sharp critique from lenders, who claim that the CFPB unfairly singles out private loans w...

October 29, 2014

Common Core: Mapping the Future of Testing - Emmeline Zhao, RCE

The Common Core couldn’t catch a break this summer as politicians geared up for November’s midterm elections....

October 28, 2014

A Public College Quality Compact - David A. Bergeron et al., CAP

Public investment in higher education is vital to the performance of our economy. First and foremost, America’s public colleges and universities offer citizens a steadfast pa...

October 27, 2014

College Should Start Senior Year of High School - Libby Nelson, Vox

Some rural school districts in Oregon are experimenting with "13th grade" — keeping students in the school system in high schools even as they attend their first year of coll...

October 24, 2014

Why Americans Like Their Own Public Schools - Martin West, Brookings

Americans assign far higher grades to the public schools in their local community than to the public schools of the nation as a whole.  In the 2014 Education Next&nb...

October 24, 2014

Colleges Let Sexual Predators Slip Away - Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post

If a college student is disciplined by a school for sexual assault, the rapist can skip the punishment by transferring to a new university without anyone ever knowing....

October 24, 2014

Why College Students Don't Learn Much - Michael Poliakoff, ACTA

"What Will They Learn?" asks the American Council of Trustees and Alumni's (ACTA) annual study of college core requirements. And given what we uncovered this year, it is no surpri...

October 23, 2014

Our Disturbingly Segregated Schools - Janie Boschma, National Journal

For the first time in American history this fall, students from racial and ethnic minorities represent a majority in public schools. That even Des Moines, Iowa is an exam...

October 22, 2014

Education: Stuck in the Manufacturing Age - Joan Duffell, Pacific Standard

As the leader of a non-profit organization that strives to help the world’s children develop vital social and emotional skills early in life, I was pleased to read ...

October 21, 2014

Connecticut's Great College Cost Shift - Huelsman & Hiltonsmith, Demos

In today’s economy, a college education is essential for getting a good job and entering the middle class. Yet, despite this reality, college costs are rising beyond the reac...

October 20, 2014

A Boost for School Lunch Standards - Neal Barnard, PCRM

The School Nutrition Association and its biggest backers—the meat, dairy, and other junk food industries—would have you believe that getting kids to eat their veggies i...

October 20, 2014

Where the Advanced Degrees Are - Richey Piiparinen et al., CPD

In 1963, nearly 75% of America’s top 50 companies owned and extracted natural resources1. By 2013, only 20% of top firms were natural resource-based. Today, knowledge-focused...

October 16, 2014

Higher Ed: The Tyranny of 'Niceness' - Thomas K. Lindsay, RealClearPolicy

Take this quiz. In which of the following venues -- (a) The New York Times or (b) Fox News -- did the following report appear? "Teacher[s] . . . [are] frightened of the p...

October 16, 2014

Ranking Colleges' Curricula - American Council of Trustees and Alumni

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the 2014-2015 What Will They Learn?TM ratings. The study of the curricula of 1,098 colleges and universiti...

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 15, 2014

Neo-Victorianism on Campus - Heather Mac Donald, Weekly Standard

Sexual liberation is having a nervous breakdown on college campuses. Conservatives should be cheering on its collapse; instead they sometimes sound as if they want to administer th...

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...

October 30, 2014

WH: For-Profit Schools Can't Let Students Get in Massive Debt

October 28, 2014

College Majors by Gender

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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After-School Programs Can Help Teen

The hours between 3-7 p.m. can be risky for many high school students, as they are often alone and u...

Connecticut school lifts ban on gir

(Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be...

Arizona school board votes to remov

By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - An Arizona school board has voted to remove information about contracep...