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

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.

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.”

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.

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.