Daily Policy Digest

Education Issues

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...

More College Graduates Than Jobs Requiring Degrees

There are more college graduates than there are jobs requiring college degrees...

More States Use Teacher Performance in Employment Decisions

Sixteen states now require that teacher performance evaluations be used when making decisions about granting a teacher tenure or non-probationary status...

Why Choice Schools Work Better than Public Schools

Early public schools were locally funded and controlled, and districts were small. In 1900, there were 115,000 small school districts. Today, there are 15,000 much larger districts, and many school boards are uninformed about the schools within their jurisdiction...

U.S. Students Lag Behind the World

The international rankings of American students are poor for students from both advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds...

Growing Federal Regulations Increase Education Costs

Between 2003 and 2012, postsecondary institutions added to their books $4.4 billion in administrative costs alone, rising from $7.1 billion to $11.5 billion...

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...


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