Debating the use of degree completion as an accountability metric
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 […]
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 […]
A powerful opportunity to strengthen the human connection between student and school, and to boost the power of teachers to improve their practice.
She’s gone further leftward—union kissing, charter hating—than any of the other major candidates.
Carlos X. Lastra-Anadón, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor at IE University in Madrid, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss their co-authored paper, “Who Benefits from Local Financing of Public Services? A Causal Analysis.”
Senator Simcha Felder and Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel meet the long shadow of Joseph Hodges Choate
Jim Blew, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some of the work of the department, including a new federal tax credit initiative and proposed changes to Title IX.
On occasion, policymakers have won through on once-unpopular proposals. But this requires diligence, constancy, and principle—traits the Trump administration seems to lack.
In California, the state board of education works with the governor to accomplish long-term policy goals.
What I learned serving as a state school board member
The administration’s support of school choice is praiseworthy, but a federal tax credit scholarship program poses a threat to education choice in the states and undermines conservative efforts to streamline the federal tax code.
The transcript of President Trump’s State of the Union speech that was released by the White House mysteriously capitalized the phrase “School Choice,” as if it were the title of a law: “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass School Choice for Americans’ children.”
George H. W. Bush led by enabling, not mandating, state and local reform
Most lessons learned during the Bush-Obama years are as relevant to state education reforms as to their federal counterparts.
Why did initially promising, seemingly popular efforts at federal leadership lose their luster?
EdStat: 69 Percent of Americans Support Laws Allowing States to Take Control of Local Districts Where Academic Performance Has Been Low for Several Years
Teachers are less favorable toward these laws but nevertheless lean toward support.
EdStat: The U.S. Federal Government Spends Roughly $26 Billion Annually on Programs and Tax Expenditures to Support the Care and Education of Young Children
But how much are individual households spending to send a child to a center-based program when no one is helping them pay?
What the pundits skip over when divining the grand significance of NAEP results.
New research challenges the notion that ESSA has fewer federal regulations than previous iterations of the federal K–12 law.
ESSA gives school districts the opportunity to change the way they leverage federal dollars to support disadvantaged students.
Federal influence on State Education Agencies
EdStat: Only 36 Percent of the Public Think the Federal Government Should Play the Largest Role in Setting Educational Standards
Opinion has shifted modestly away from federal control toward local control over the past two years.
Some takeaways from a conference that examined an array of issues, including lessons learned on accountability, standards, school turnarounds, teacher quality, research, state capacity, and more.