Cover of The Debt Trap by Josh Mitchell

Drowning in Debt

Profiles of mega-borrowers spotlight broken student-loan policy
Roxbury Prep wrapped the site at 361 Belgrade Ave in Roslindale with an image of the school building it hoped to construct there.

Soaring Real Estate Prices, Vocal Opponents Complicate School Site Search

Parent’s Plea: “We need more people advocating for us”
The Hile family is among those suing, seeking the ability to use their Michigan 529 savings plan to pay tuition at a private Christian school.

Blaine Fights Back

Michigan families sue, seeking the ability to use their 529 savings accounts to pay for tuition at private religious schools.

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Roxbury Prep wrapped the site at 361 Belgrade Ave in Roslindale with an image of the school building it hoped to construct there.

Soaring Real Estate Prices, Vocal Opponents Complicate School Site Search

Parent’s Plea: “We need more people advocating for us”
The Hile family is among those suing, seeking the ability to use their Michigan 529 savings plan to pay tuition at a private Christian school.

Blaine Fights Back

Michigan families sue, seeking the ability to use their 529 savings accounts to pay for tuition at private religious schools.
Field officer Imisi Olu-Joseph of Bridge International Academies conducting observation at Oba-Ovonramwen Nursery and Primary School in Benin City, Edo State.

Beyond Moneyball: Data-Driven Education Boosted by Observation and Judgment

In Nigeria, smiling at small victories and pushing to do better
At the KaiPod Learning pod in Newton, Massachusetts, students are taught one on one or in small groups by former school teachers. Students often work outdoors or while listening to music, and KaiPod provides enrichment activities tailored to students’ interests.

Some Pods Will Outlast the Pandemic

Students, parents say they appreciate the support
A seven-member elected board governs the Denver Public Schools. Now that the pandemic’s disruption is receding, the board appears poised to renew its efforts to roll back reform.

Dismantling Denver

The city was a national model for education reform. Then union-backed candidates took over the school board.
Autumn Looijen and Siva Raj had no funding or political experience when the effort began to recall board members and reopen schools.

Behind a School Board Recall in San Francisco, a Diverse Coalition

Frustrated parents, Asian-Americans, gays, venture capitalists, even teachers aim to oust “radical” board

From the Blog

Dave and Amy Carson with their daughter at Bangor Christian Schools in Maine. The Carsons are one of three families that sued Maine over a program that bans families from an otherwise generally available student-aid program if they choose to send their children to schools that teach religion. (Photo by the Institute for Justice www.ij.org.)

Supreme Court Oral Argument in Carson v. Makin Sends Hopeful Signal for Religious School Aid

Justices May Drop Distinction Between Religious Status and Use, Sending State Blaine Amendments To Scrap Heap
Photo of Josh Angrist

Josh Angrist and the Search for Truth

Nobel prize in economics is nod to empiricism
Students in Hengshui, China, chant during a rally to prepare for the GaoKao, the Chinese college-entrance exam.

Testing Backlash Could Hurt American Global Competitiveness

As U.S. college admissions go test-optional and K-12 standardized testing comes under pressure, China and India loom
First Lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy walks over to the sidewalk before watching a performance by the tribe during a visit to the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant for a listening session focused on youth mental health with members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Schools Can Help with the Youth Mental Health Crisis

“Terrifying” shortages of counselors mean “students coming to their educators with urgent mental health problems are told to wait three months to get 20 minutes of help.”

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