Should Congress Link Higher-Ed Funding To Graduation Rates?

Debating the use of degree completion as an accountability metric

Performance-Based Funding Produces Mixed Results

The federal government currently provides more than $150 billion each year to students and their families in the form of grants, loans, work-study funds, and tax credits to help make college more affordable. This sizable public investment in higher education has indeed made college attendance possible for a larger share of Americans. However, there is […]

Congress Must Address Dismal Dropout Rates

It’s a familiar story: a young, courageous (usually white male) entrepreneur drops out of college to pursue his dreams, only to become rich and successful beyond all expectation. Its implication, which has found some purchase in the popular imagination, is that it doesn’t matter if a person doesn’t finish college—in fact, he may be better-off […]

Should Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning?

Debating the merits and costs

An Integrated Approach Fosters Student Success

Forum: Should Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning?

A Prevalence of “Policy-Based Evidence-Making”

Forum: Should Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning?

After the Teacher Walkouts

Will unions shift their focus to the statehouse?

Adaptation Could Bring New Strength

Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts

Statewide Strikes Are a Shot Across the Bow

Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts

EdStat: A New Version of the HEA Would Cut the “90/10” Rule, which Requires Colleges to Raise a Minimum of 10 Percent of their Revenues from Sources Other than Federal Financial Aid

As part of our Fall 2018 forum, Kevin Carey discusses rethinking the rules on higher-ed spending.

Rethinking the Rules on Federal Higher-Ed Spending

How can Congress spur innovation while clamping down on fraud?

Change the Rules to Unleash Innovation

Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect.

Strong Hand of Regulation Protects Students

Lawmakers charged with writing a new Higher Education Act (HEA) face a dilemma.

EdStat: Every Year, the Federal Government Spends More than $100 Billion on Higher Education, Mainly in the Form of Grants and Subsidized Loans to Students

As part of our Fall 2018 forum, Michael B. Horn and Alana Dunagan discuss rethinking the rules on higher-ed spending.

EdStat: Rescinding DACA Could Cause Roughly 9,000 K–12 Teachers to Face Legal Action or Deportation

As part of our Summer 2018 forum, Shavar Jeffries shares his view of how Trump’s policies in his first year as president have affected American education.

Trump and the Nation’s Schools

Assessing the administration’s early impact on education

A Strong Start on Advancing Reform

Forum: Trump and the Nation’s Schools

Harmful Policies, Values, and Rhetoric

After little more than a year, President Donald J. Trump’s policies, values, and rhetoric have had a negative impact on our nation’s most vulnerable schoolchildren, particularly low-income students and students of color. This adverse effect is especially pronounced in five areas: oversight of federal education law; enforcement of federal guarantees of educational equity; budget and […]

Debating Obama-Era Guidance on School Discipline

Should the Trump administration retain, revise, or rescind?

Don’t Walk Back Needed Discipline Reform

In 2014, the Obama administration’s Departments of Education and Justice took an important step to respond to the excessive and racially disparate removal of students from schools across America.

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A Supposed Discipline Fix Threatens School Cultures

This wasn’t just routine guidance. Instead, by applying a shambolic version of disparate impact theory to school discipline, the letter marked an enormous shift in federal policy and set up the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to be both judge and jury.

Taking Stock of Private-School Choice

Scholars review the research on statewide programs

Programs Benefit Disadvantaged Students

School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools with the help of public funds, have sparked controversy since the first such initiative was launched in Milwaukee in 1991. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) operate 54 private-school-choice programs, which include not only government-issued vouchers but also […]

Still Waiting for Convincing Evidence

Do public-school students who move to a private school with a government-funded voucher benefit from making this switch? A growing body of research is shedding light on this question. Of particular interest are findings coming out of three states and the District of Columbia, all of which have implemented ambitious voucher programs over the past […]

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