Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Bureaucratization and Federal Oversight are Stifling Charter Schools

Charters were intended as an alternative to traditional public schools, and constraining them in the way that we constrain public schools is not the way to improve education...

Twelfth Grade Test Scores Not Improving

Amidst concerns that the U.S. is failing to churn out college-ready graduates, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed 38 percent of American twelfth graders scoring as proficient in reading and 26 percent as proficient in math, identical to the NAEP results from 2009...

Creative Destruction Coming to Higher Education

Private businesses are used to creation and destruction, as new businesses come in to replace the old. Higher education, however, has been somewhat immune from this cycle...

How to Measure College Success?

More graduates who majored in science or business were employed full-time than those who studied social science or arts and humanities. However, those who studied social sciences or arts and humanities were more likely to feel engaged in their jobs...

Looking at the Parent PLUS Loan Program

The Parent PLUS loan program has grown in popularity as college tuition has skyrocketed and financial aid packages have not kept up with rising costs...

Switching from Catholic Schools to Charters

The archdioceses of Indianapolis, Miami and Washington, D.C., have allowed their Catholic schools to reopen as independently managed, public charter schools...

State Growth in School Choice

Enrollment in public charter schools increased by more than 250,000 between 2012 and 2013, totaling 5 percent of public school enrollment nationwide...

Paternal Involvement Increases College Graduation Rates

Teenagers with "very involved" fathers were 105 percent more likely to graduate from college than teens who reported that their fathers were not involved...

A Solution to Student Loans

With the use of income-share agreements, investors finance a student’s education in return for a percentage of his income over a certain period of years...

Texas 10 Percent Plan's Impact on College Enrollment

The Texas Ten Percent Plan shifts college enrollment from private colleges to the state's flagship universities...


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