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.
Not-So-Secret Agenda: How the U.S. Dept. of Education Politicizes “Surveys”
The U.S. Department of Education is conducting a survey that looks suspiciously like an effort to drum up support for federal programs.
The Three New M’s Of Education Reform: Minorities, Millennials And Moderates
During the campaign season, there are plenty of politicians promising to better education by increasing spending.
True or False?–More taxpayers dollars spent equals better education
Just in time for campaign season, new polling data and empirical research tackle the issue of education funding and its relationship to student achievement.
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.
Solutions for the start and finish of a student’s educational career
Guard your children, because the federal government is here to help at both ends of students’ education careers.
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.
K-12 innovation leads to options for college students
Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that college graduates stand to earn more than those with just a high school diploma, with returns to the investment of earning a degree at approximately 15 percent.