Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

International Benchmarking of Student Achievement

Greater use of international tests for benchmarking can be helpful in driving school districts to succeed and avoid malaise...

Vouchers Breathe New Life into Shrinking Catholic Schools

Catholic elementary schools in Chicago saw enrollment increase 3 percent this year and 1 percent last year -- the first two-year growth spurt since 1965...

College Aid Is Corporate Welfare

Research shows that colleges respond to aid eligibility by reducing their own aid provided to students...

College Rankings Inflation: Are You Overpaying for Prestige?

The number of schools in the most competitive category of Barron's Profiles of American Colleges nearly doubled from 44 to 87 between 1991 and 2011...

Ghost Students

Between the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years, Arizona schools spent over $125 million on students who were double counted for school funding due to transferring schools within the first 100 days of classes...

Today's Student Loan Recipients Are Tomorrow's Economic Elite

Student loans owned by the federal government have grown from $111 billion at the end of 2008 to $425 billion as of December 31, 2011...

Bubbles, Malinvestment and Higher Education

By artificially lowering the cost of college, federal loan policies encourage a disproportionate number of people to attend these schools, driving up demand...

Student Loan Payroll Tax Increase: Another Attack on Small Business

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has proposed to offset the cost of continuing to subsidize student loans by raising taxes on small businesses to the tune of $9 billion over 10 years...

Do Schools Begin Too Early?

A one-hour delay in school start time increases standardized test scores on both math and reading tests by roughly 3 percentile points...

School Standards Pushback

A study released this year by a researcher at the Brookings Institution think tank projected the Common Core education standards will have no effect on student achievement...


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