See Thru Edu is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Friedrichs and life after Justice Scalia

In education policy, Justice Scalia’s passing changes the forecast and anticipated impact that key cases involving education may have. Perhaps most critically, in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Justice Scalia was expected by some to be the swing vote in a 5-4 ruling in favor of the teachers.

Details, details

Tennesseans are debating the efficacy of a K-12 school voucher bill that would allow 5,000 children attending failing schools (most of which are located in and around Nashville and Memphis) to choose a private school.

Lessons from Brumfield v. Dodd

“This is a victory for minority and low-income schoolchildren, not only in Louisiana but around the country.”

What does “free” mean to you?

Should Sanders succeed in his pursuit of the White House, voters may get what he’s promising. Let’s just be clear about what those promises are.

Arizona and college completion rates

Now that fall has arrived, the temperature in Arizona is cooling off just as a fight over school funding is heating up (again). This complicated mess involving the legislature, courts, teachers unions, and even the state land trust might result in a clearer, more orderly way to pay for education in Arizona.

The next frontier in education: Transforming 529 college savings plans

529 plans’ uses should be broader and allow families to save for K-12 expenses and job training expenses after college and graduate school. We should be able to learn and save money in order to improve our skills using a 529 account at any point in our lives.

College Football and Congress

Congress’s priorities for the bill include the following: Why are so few students finishing a degree? Here lies the intersection of HEOA and college football. When students head back to campus later this month, many of them will dedicate themselves as much to watching sports like football as their coursework.

Uncle Sam, Student Loans, and The Sopranos

The federal government operates what looks like a predatory loan program for families. . . . Politico’s Michael Grunwald says the PLUS loans have “much higher interest rates and fees, and far fewer opportunities for loan forgiveness or reductions.”