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Education Issues

Executive Order Makes More Students Eligible for Lenient Loan Repayment

President Obama signed an executive order last week to make more graduates eligible for lenient student loan repayment...

Teacher Tenure: Unconstitutional?

Only 3 percent of public school teachers in California are ranked "highly effective," with 8,250 bad teachers educating 206,250 students every day...

50 Years of Federal Intervention in Education

Today's 17-year-old students perform no better in reading and math than did 17-year-olds in the 1970s...

Is the Master's Degree Pay Bump Worth the Cost?

Empirical research has repeatedly found that teachers with master's degrees are no more effective than teachers without them, yet schools continue to pay teachers more based on their advanced degrees...

Grouping Students by Ability

Empirical data has tended to show that students gain when they are grouped according to their skill level...

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...


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