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

Learning from experience

Just as the 529 tax plan was a misguided proposal, the Common Core testing regime is a train wreck. In 2013, Florida abandoned the consortium designing one of the tests, Tennessee left last year, and Mississippi left in January.

GMU Law School’s Founding Dean, Henry Manne, R.I.P.

One of Manne’s most insightful contributions, made in an obscure essay in the 1970s, has largely gone unnoticed, and it is profoundly important to higher education. Henry thought most of the distinction between “for profit” and “not-for-profit” education was devoid of meaning.

One More Reason College Is So Expensive

Another factor explaining students’ failure to graduate in four years has nothing to do with their intelligence or motivation, and everything to do with the failure of our colleges and universities to keep up their end of the bargain.

Is it disastrous for states to decrease their college subsidies?

After careful analysis, Vedder concluded that there was a small negative correlation between state spending on higher education and economic growth. So it’s entirely reasonable to spend less on colleges to free up money for more beneficial uses.

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.

New Study Blasts College Tuition ‘Deception’

Given the disastrous consequences, why, then, do colleges and universities continue to spend so much on non-instructional ventures? Mussano and Iosue’s answer is blunt: “Because they can.”

Good Riddance to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification

The SBEC was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 as a stand-alone agency responsible for the certification of educators. . . . But as an innovative platform for reform of certification and deregulation and accountability of preparation programs, it was dominated by the vested interests of the teacher lobby and the colleges of education. . . .