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Education Issues

How to Tell if College Presidents Are Overpaid

The median salary of public university presidents rose 4.7 percent in 2011-2012 to more than $440,000 a year, vastly outpacing the rate of inflation, as well as the earnings of the typical worker in the U.S. economy...

Parent Trigger Laws Empower Parents for School Change

Given the track record of public education, parent triggers empower parents to take a more active role in their child's education...

Parent Trigger: There's a Better Way

The parent trigger is useful because it gets parents involved in their child's education, but it is doubtful that it will lead to long-term systematic changes...

Hispanic College Enrollment Rates Pass White College Enrollment Rates

Sixty-nine percent of Hispanic students who completed high school in 2012 enrolled in college the following October, compared with 67 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks...

Federal Student Loan Programs Subsidize Waste

From 1970 to 2010, the Pell Grant program expanded from 176,000 recipients to 9.6 million recipients...

Data Shows Great Variation in College Results, Earnings

One estimate places the opportunity cost of getting a four-year degree at $54,000...

Colleges Cut Prices by Providing More Financial Aid

Offerings of financial aid have reached record levels as parents and students have finally honed in on the inflated costs of higher education...

School Moms Not Happy with U.S. Public Education System

Sixty-one percent of K-12 school moms believe that U.S. public schools have "gotten off on the wrong track"...

Student Loan Forgiveness Not the Answer

Student loan forgiveness would essentially amount to a transfer from taxpayers to students, many of whom opted for expensive colleges and useless degrees as federal loans were easily available...

Pell Grants Fund Remedial Education with Poor Results

A large portion of the Federal Pell Grant Program's expenditures are flowing to people who simply aren't prepared to do college-level work...


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