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Education Issues

Federal Aid Tapped by More -- and Wealthier -- College Students

The share of undergraduates who used federal student aid to help pay for college jumped to 57 percent in 2011-2012 from 47 percent in 2007-2008...

New Findings in 2013 Education Poll

Nearly half surveyed say that their local public schools deserve a grade of either "A" or "B," but only about one-fifth say the same for the nation's public schools...

Cigarettes and Preschoolers Don't Go Together

The Obama administration's plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten education with tobacco tax revenue will not work in the long run, as tobacco use has steadily declined since 1963...

College Costs Too Much Because There's No Competition

The nation's six regional higher education accreditation agencies have restricted entry to the market, limiting the supply of degree granters and thus forcing tuition costs higher...

States Get Warning about No Child Waivers

Three of 40 states recently granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind law were at high risk of losing them because they either have been slow to link teacher evaluations with student achievement or had adopted programs that didn't meet federal guidelines...

Private Enterprise and Public Education: Strange Bedfellows or Natural Allies?

For-profits attempting to enter the education market are largely met with hostility, but the role they can play in K-12 and higher education deserves further consideration...

It Is Time to Shorten Summer Vacation

How can schools substantially lengthen the school year without spending any more money than they currently have?

Competition with Charters Motivates Districts

Since 2007, enrollment in charter schools has jumped from 1.3 million to 2 million students, an increase of 59 percent...

High Confidence Not Translating to High Math Scores for Students

As shown by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, the average U.S. student with high confidence only scored 551 on the test, just half a standard deviation from the average score of 500...

"Mainstreaming" Special Ed Students Needs Debate

Nationwide, about 60 percent of students with disabilities spend at least 80 percent of their instructional time in regular classrooms...


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