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Education Issues

Student Debt Forgiveness Plans Skyrocket

In a short six months, enrollment in federal programs that forgive some amounts of student debt has shot up 40 percent to include at least 1.3 million Americans owing about $72 billion...

Another Reason for School Choice

Public school spending in the last half of the 20th century outpaced economic growth as well as most state and local government spending during that time...

The Cost of Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Programs

There is a concern that income-based student loan repayment programs incentivize students to attend more expensive colleges...

Why Are Progressives Fighting to Keep Poor Children in Failing Schools?

Research shows that charter schools not only improve the charters themselves, but the schools around them...

Online Courses for High School

In 2013, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed a law allowing massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be taken for high school credit in any subject in which the state gave an end-of-year exam...

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement

By eliminating only the bottom 5 percent to 8 percent of teachers, American student achievement could rise to the level of achievement in Canada, which translates into an average paycheck increase of 20 percent each year, for the next 80 years for all workers...

Curriculum Wars

If Common Core is interpreted as requiring all students to take the same courses, there is going to be controversy, especially in the area of math tracking starting in middle school...

Districts of Choice in California

In 2010, the first year operating as a District of Choice, 161 students moved to Riverside schools; in 2013-2014, 535 new students transferred to Riverside from neighboring districts...

New Ideas About Remedial Courses

It can be difficult to measure how effective remedial interventions are...

Politics of Higher Education Reform

Looking at all Pell Grant and federal loan money that went to undergraduates at U.S. colleges, the median congressional district received more than $167 million in aid in the 2011-2012 year...


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