Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Time for School?

For third grade students, simply adding 10 days of learning had an impact greater than repeating a grade, having a better teacher or having a smaller class size...

Decades of Employment Growth in America's Public Schools

Between 1950 and 2009, the number of employees at schools grew by 386 percent; the number of K-12 public school students increased by just 96 percent...

Five Ways the Student Loan Bubble Mirrors the Housing Crisis

There are at least $8 billion of private student loans in default, representing more than 850,000 individual loans...

Many Students Lack Basic Academic Skills to Succeed in College

Remedial coursework is one of the largest interventions to help underprepared college students, costing $7 billion annually...

Five Reasons College Enrollments Might Be Dropping

Fifty-three percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or have low-paying or low-skilled jobs...

The Great Student Loan Giveaway

If left unchanged, the income-based repayment program for student loans is set to provide huge financial windfalls to people who are among the most financially well-off graduates...

Whose School Buildings Are They, Anyway?

Only 17 states provide some sort of direct aid for charter school facilities, whereas states give capital support to traditional school districts...

The Imaginary Teacher Shortage

In 1970, public schools employed 2.06 million teachers, or one for every 22.3 students; in 2012, there are 3.27 million teachers, one for every 15.2 students...

Solving America's Math Problem

Rather than promote equity in math, U.S. educators should tailor their curricula to fit the needs of the students...

Education Savings Accounts for Every American Family

Mexico outperforms American schools that serve black and Hispanic students on points produced on a per-dollar basis...


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