Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Obama Plan to Rate Colleges Makes Them Even More Expensive

The proposed federal scorecard will rate schools based on accessibility and affordability, granting federal aid based on the ratings...

Growth in Online Courses

Online courses are also proving effective at the secondary level, giving students in rural areas opportunities to take classes to which they would otherwise lack access...

Is College Worth It?

Students with college debt who fail to graduate have just 14 percent of the wealth that college graduates with debt have...

Health Effects of Graduating During a Bad Economy

A higher unemployment rate at graduation is associated with lower income, lower life satisfaction, greater obesity and more smoking and drinking later in life...

Regulators Target For-Profit Colleges

For-profit schools enroll 13 percent of all higher education students, but investigations are underway to determine whether the schools have misled students about the strength of their programs...

More College Graduates Than Jobs Requiring Degrees

There are more college graduates than there are jobs requiring college degrees...

More States Use Teacher Performance in Employment Decisions

Sixteen states now require that teacher performance evaluations be used when making decisions about granting a teacher tenure or non-probationary status...

Why Choice Schools Work Better than Public Schools

Early public schools were locally funded and controlled, and districts were small. In 1900, there were 115,000 small school districts. Today, there are 15,000 much larger districts, and many school boards are uninformed about the schools within their jurisdiction...

U.S. Students Lag Behind the World

The international rankings of American students are poor for students from both advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds...

Growing Federal Regulations Increase Education Costs

Between 2003 and 2012, postsecondary institutions added to their books $4.4 billion in administrative costs alone, rising from $7.1 billion to $11.5 billion...


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