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Education Issues

Charter School Report Card

Five states (District of Columbia, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and Arizona) earned an A on the Center for Education Reform's report card, which grades state laws that encourage charter school operation...

The Global Achievement Gap

Methods such as school choice and competition, rewarding teachers based on merit, and using technology as a substitute for routine instruction and for customization purposes push schools toward the incentives and rewards that exist in the private sector...

New Hampshire's Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Three quarters of private school parents said that they would not have been able to afford tuition without the scholarships available under New Hampshire's Opportunity Scholarship Act...

A New Model in Online Education

In some cases, less than 10 percent of students who register for a free massive open online course (MOOC) actually complete the course...

Students Seek Loans for Cash, Not Degree

The Education Department reported that at eight colleges with online programs, more than 42,000 students who received no class credits received an average of $5,285 in loans...

Anti-Standardized Testing Sentiment Spreads

An unusual coalition of Tea Party activists and progressive teachers has developed in opposition to standardized testing...

Income Share Agreements for Student Loans

With Income Share Agreements, a student does not pay back a loan but instead pays the investor with a percentage of his income for a specific period of time after he finishes school...

Louisiana Scholarship Program Threatened by U.S. Department of Justice

This year, 12,000 children applied for the Louisiana Scholarship Program and nearly 5,000 are using the scholarships for private schools; about 90 percent of the 12,000 are black...

Targeting Student Aid

Making financial aid dependent on a student's college readiness could better target taxpayer dollars...

Private Loans to Students up Last Year

Last year, the seven largest private lenders issued almost $6.9 billion in loans to students -- an increase of 8.1 percent from 2012 and the second consecutive year of growth since 2009...


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