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.
Kudos to Department of Ed for Recent Innovations
This accountability enhancement is long overdue and, of course, has already received criticism from some of the usual suspects among teacher organizations, one of which characterized the linking of federal grants with program evaluations as “troubling.” But linking performance to accreditation and funding is the only way to get their attention, and Duncan is to be applauded for leading in this direction.
“Government Attempts at College Cost Transparency Ineffective, May Make Decision-Making Worse”
It’s a real shame that government-mandated cost calculators for college are ineffective at best and actually discouraging at worst. It’s not surprising, perhaps, but it’s still a shame, especially when the biggest effect is on people who stand to gain the most by pursuing a college sheepskin.
Will ‘Socioeconomic Diversity’ Be the Next Campus Wave?
Each student is unique, diverse in many ways from every other student. Colleges will still be plenty “diverse” if they just admit students who have the right academic attributes.
Aid to College Students: Where to Draw the Line on ‘Coerced Charity’?
“Among not-for-profit institutions, the amount of taxpayer subsidies hovers between $1,000 and $2,000 per student per year until we turn to the most selective institutions. . . . Among these already well-endowed institutions, the taxpayer subsidy jumps substantially to more than $13,000 per student per year.”
“Diversity”? –Asian-American student with perfect SAT score sues Harvard for being denied admission
Asian-Americans, though identifiable as a non-white ethnic group, are out of luck at Harvard. Too many of them are too qualified.
Tuition costs & borrowing growth slows, but total of student debt still on the rise
A variety of new reports out this week found that the rise of college tuition costs and borrowing rates has slowed, but the nation’s collective student loan debt is still on the rise.
The UNC Scandal and “Fake Compassion”
At the center of this scandal are two people who thought compassion meant using dishonest methods to make it easier for “sinking kids” to succeed.
What Will Republicans Do about Higher Ed’s Big Problem?
. . . [B]y far the biggest problem in American higher education is massive subsidization, and at the federal level that primarily means subsidizing students.
University Governance Explained: Board of ‘Submissives’?
University system administrators have a staff of fulltime researchers and are inside the system—they know the real story and use it to their advantage, only feeding the part-time board members information that supports the goals of the administration.