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Education Issues

Biggest Changes in a Decade Greet Students

More than 40 states have agreed to link teacher evaluations to test scores or other student achievement measures, and four plan to rescind the licenses of some teachers who fail to make the grade...

Tuition Will Keep Increasing as Long as Washington Bases Loans on College Costs

Total student debt nearly doubled from 2007 to 2012 and now exceeds $1 trillion...

Government Student Loan Profiteering

The federal government stands to make an enormous profit on the president's new federal student loan system -- an estimated $184 billion over 10 years...

College Costs Will Keep Rising Under Obama Plan

If the key to federal funding is raising graduation rates, colleges may lower already abysmally low standards...

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...


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