Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Cost Containment Should Be a Priority for Higher Education

Student loan debt now totals more than $1 trillion...

Teacher Training Moves Online

More than 30 percent of postsecondary students report taking at least one online class and more than 73 percent of schools offered distance-education courses in 2010...

The Case for a Three Year College Degree

Reducing the time it takes for a student to complete college could add trillions of dollars in wealth to the U.S. economy...

Higher Education Needs Reform

The number of college instructors who teach four hours or less per week has doubled since 2000...

Student-Based Budgeting Gives Principals More Autonomy

Under the new budgeting guidelines, Chicago Public School principals will gain autonomy over 50 percent of school budgets and must submit and receive approval for each school year's budget...

Superintendents Paid as Much as Corporate CEOs

In Chicago, the public school superintendent makes $250,000 per year while the public school system faces a $665 million budget deficit...

A Short History of K-12 Reform

By 2010 five in every 10 pupils were enrolled in schools that they or their parents played an active role in selecting rather than passively being assigned by a district bureaucracy...

The Great Promise of Online Learning

Higher education students taking at least one online class has risen from less than 10 percent in 2002 to more than 30 percent in 2010...

Arizona Leads Nation in School Choice

Arizona's open enrollment law allows any child to enroll in any public school in the state as long as a completed application is submitted to a school or district during an open enrollment period...

More Teachers Are Grouping Kids by Ability

Between 1998 and 2009, the percentage of fourth grade teachers who said they created ability-based reading groups jumped from 28 percent to 71 percent...


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