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Education Issues

Anti-Standardized Testing Sentiment Spreads

An unusual coalition of Tea Party activists and progressive teachers has developed in opposition to standardized testing...

Income Share Agreements for Student Loans

With Income Share Agreements, a student does not pay back a loan but instead pays the investor with a percentage of his income for a specific period of time after he finishes school...

Louisiana Scholarship Program Threatened by U.S. Department of Justice

This year, 12,000 children applied for the Louisiana Scholarship Program and nearly 5,000 are using the scholarships for private schools; about 90 percent of the 12,000 are black...

Targeting Student Aid

Making financial aid dependent on a student's college readiness could better target taxpayer dollars...

Private Loans to Students up Last Year

Last year, the seven largest private lenders issued almost $6.9 billion in loans to students -- an increase of 8.1 percent from 2012 and the second consecutive year of growth since 2009...

The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship

The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship decreased the number of days that a student was suspended by 1.3 days in the second year after the announcement and 1.8 days in the third year...

College Savings Plans

Today, 27 percent of parents saving for college use a 529 plan, while 42 percent use savings accounts and certificates of deposit instead...

Do Professional Development Programs Work?

Professional development programs in the field of education have very little scientific support...

Should Charter Schools Pay Rent?

If New York City forces charter schools to pay rent for the use of district facilities, 71 percent of charters currently using those facilities could be forced into deficit...

Education Savings Accounts Provide Solution

In Arizona, 49 percent of parents were dissatisfied with their previous public school, but all parents in the Education Savings Account program were satisfied...


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