education policy

Let's say you're president of a presitigous liberal arts college with a nice endowment and you have enough money to give out a decent level of financial aid every year. How do you deploy that aid? Do you a) focus it on smart lower income kids who wouldn't be able to come to your college without aid...
05/13/2013
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Whatever happened to President Obama's call, in his State of the Union address, for all children to have access to pre-kindergarten education? It seems to have vanished without a trace. That fate would be a shame, because the effectiveness of pre-K programs has been proven by countless studies,...
03/21/2013
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Obama gave the country a glimpse of his new pre-K initiative in last night State of the Union address—and reason to hope that he’ll bring the rest of the country toward the national models set by states such as Georgia and Oklahoma. About halfway through the roughly hour-long...
02/13/2013
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The latest attempt to throw a collar on for-profit colleges is the The College Student Rebate Act of 2012. House Representatives John Tierney (D-Mass.) and George Miller (D-Calif.) put it in front of a congressional committee in mid-September. Should the Act pass, it would require for-profit...
10/11/2012
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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a federal civil rights complaint this week claiming that New York City's admissions process for eight specialized high schools* is biased. According to NAACP's Rachel Kleinman: There is a single two-and-a-half hour multiple choice test that is the sole criterion...
09/29/2012
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Sick of investment advice from hacks like Warren Buffet and Donald Trump? Ask a congress member. Roll Call published their latest list of the “50 Richest Members of the 112th Congress” last week. Texan House Representative Mike McCaul took first place, reporting a minimum net...
09/16/2012
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The news of looming cuts in California's education system is, an and of itself, depressing and frightening. Considered as part and parcel of a pervasive American tic -- the ability to be both aware of a problem but obstinately unwilling to do anything to solve it -- well, one can't help but be...
08/22/2012
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A guest blog published today by the Washington Post in Valerie Strauss' regular "The Answer Sheet" is both a fascinating and alarming indictment of how policy people are screwing up education. The article is by a group of career educators and professors specializing in early childhood. The...
05/25/2012
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We all owe Stella Lohmann of Atlanta, Georgia thanks.  Ms. Lohmann is the substitute teacher who via video asked GOP candidates in last night's debate: What as president would you seriously do about what I consider a massive overreach of big government into the classroom? Prior to asking the...
09/23/2011
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