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Education Issues

Graduate Students Hold Disproportionate Amount of Student Debt

The debt load for graduate-level borrowers (those graduating with a master's, medical, law or doctoral degree) increased 43 percent between 2004 and 2012...

Research Shows Benefits of School Choice

Of the 23 studies that have been conducted analyzing the impact of school choice on the students who remain in traditional public schools, 22 of them found that school choice improves those students' outcomes as well...

No Link between Spending and Academic Performance

Seventeen year olds' academic performance on a national scale has been stagnant since 1970 across all subjects, despite K-12 education costs tripling...

Colleges Try to Measure Employment Success

Positive employment numbers provided by universities can be misleading because of small response rates...

New Benefits for College Savings Plans

Thirty states and the District of Columbia allow 529 savers to deduct their contributions from their state income taxes...

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...


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