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

Students winning in court

These flexible debit cards allow students to pay for K-12 expenses like private school tuition and tutoring as well as college tuition and fees. Parents can also use the accounts to save for college.

Whither remedial classes?

Some lawmakers are relying on high school diplomas as the main indicator of student readiness for college and whether or not a student needs remedial work. Unfortunately, the spotty and often poor quality of education that students receive in K-12 schools is what causes students to need remediation.

2014 Election: The rest of the results

Illinoisans voted in favor of a 3 percent tax increase for millionaires in order to collect more money for schools, although this referendum was not attached to a binding proposal to raise taxes. Before residents get too excited about sticking it to the rich, they should talk to Maryland residents. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that one year after passing a millionaire tax, “one-third of millionaires … disappeared from Maryland tax rolls.” In fact, tax revenue collected from state millionaires actually declined after the tax was passed.

School choice and helping students find a home

Lawmakers should give homeless students access to flexible educational options and private school scholarships so that children in these families can have the same quality options as children from middle class and wealthier families. These choices will help break the cycle of poverty and give at-risk children hope for the future.

The puzzle of alumni giving

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that colleges are struggling to engage their alumni in giving campaigns. While development officers adopt new marketing strategies, evidence indicates that the source of the problem is the poor relationship that colleges develop with their students during their time on campus.

MOOCs and education around the world

Depending on whom you ask, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are either critical to the future of learning or not disruptive enough to affect long-term change in higher education.