Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

Making College Pay Off

Between 1978 and 2011, tuition for all universities increased at an annual 7.45 percent rate -- higher than the 5.8 percent increase in health care costs and the 4.3 percent increase in housing costs...

Education Savings Accounts in Arizona

Unlike vouchers or tax credits, education savings accounts give parents a choice not just in where their child is educated, but how their child is educated...

How to Fix College Grade Inflation

A recent study of 200 colleges and universities found that more than 40 percent of all grades awarded were in the A range...

Vouchers Free Students from Lousy Schools

If Americans are free to choose where they live, where they work, what they can buy and what services to use, then they should also have the freedom to choose where their kids can go to school...

Myths about Higher Education

Adjusting for inflation, from 1947 to 1995, university spending increased 148 percent overall, but administrative spending increased by a staggering 235 percent...

Grading School Districts

A new study finds that allocating budgets based on a per-student basis is one of the main factors that leads to better school district performance...

New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama's Preschool for All

In the first large-scale random trial of a state pre-kindergarten program, the results indicate that these types of programs are not working to meaningfully impact the academic performance or social or emotional skills of children from low-income families...

Schools Safer Today Than Before

Homicides, suicides and deaths involving intervention by police at school or on the way to or from school dropped 46 percent, from 57 in the 1992-1993 school year to 31 in the 2010-2011 school year...

Increasing Class Sizes Can Actually Improve Student Learning

Moving more students into the classrooms of the most effective 8th grade teachers (up to 12 more students than would be in the average classroom) was the equivalent of adding two-and-a-half weeks of school...

Tuition Crunch Takes Big Toll

Forty-four percent of public and 42 percent of private universities are seeing tuition growth that is less than the 2 percent inflation rate...


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