Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Public Spending Per Student Drops

Spending for elementary and high schools across the 50 states and Washington, D.C., averaged $10,560 per pupil in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 -- down 0.4 percent from 2010, the first drop since 1977...

School Choice: Will It Create a Segregated America?

There is a lack of any consistent relationship between charter schools and segregation...

Subsidizing Failure

There is at least one place with huge potential for ending wasteful higher education spending: to stop subsidizing students who do not graduate and put their education to good use...

More Transparency Is Needed in Education

The median student borrower now owes nearly $14,000, while the returns on college degrees have actually decreased over the last decade...

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...


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