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In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night President Obama laid out a wide array of programs and initiatives including many in education. Most of them laudable and important, but I must confess one really got my attention. Roughly mid-way through his speech he proposed a Fix-it-First program, “to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs.” To get this done he is Continue Reading »
Only about one in eight high school seniors at District of Columbia public schools have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at this stage in the application cycle. These completion rates suggest that while some District of Columbia high schools are well on their way to getting students financially prepared for college, others haven’t had a single student complete the fContinue Reading »
You can’t get federal student aid unless you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Research suggests that helping students complete a FAFSA can increase the number of students who receive financial aid, the amount of aid they receive–even the proportion of students who enroll in college. The American Council on Education estimates that nearly one in five low-income studContinue Reading »
Location, location, location—it matters in real estate, and the harsh reality is, it matters in student achievement, too. While wealthy Americans can pay for private school or move to a top-ranked district in suburbia, countless other parents are left with their neighborhood public school default. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course. But what if the choice is not good enoContinue Reading »
Yesterday, Al Roth wasn’t a big name in education reform. But hopefully, this morning’s announcement that he was awarded the Nobel Prize will make his work more widely known. Why is an academic who specializes in game theory relevant to education? Because Roth has made a career out of using his economics skills to make markets work better.
Specifically, he applied his research tContinue Reading »
Recently, I was at a technology conference near Phoenix and decided to drop by my old high school which I hadn’t visited since I graduated in… well, let’s just say when chalk was considered the go-to classroom technology.
Some things have changed since I graduated from Saint Mary’s, such as a new campus and fewer priests and sisters; but the culture of the school has remained the same Continue Reading »
Mike Petrilli argues for public school choice in the suburbs today. He suggests that residents in “affluent, leafy suburbs” deserve school choice, too. Okay. Except, mostly, those parents already exercise choice–and inside the public school system.
They just move. Ask any realtor in a plummy neighborhood–most of their potential buyers have more data on the local sContinue Reading »
Last week’s GAO report on special education in charter schools prompted the predictable dust-up between charter advocates and opponents. Opponents hailed the report as evidence that charter schools cheat the public system by failing to serve as many special needs students as regular public schools do. Advocates responded that the GAO unfairly compared charter schools with public school systems:Continue Reading »
A couple weeks ago, when the Romney campaign unveiled its education plan, I predicted that it would quickly be characterized as a voucher program because it dares to include private schools in its choice proposals. Sure enough, in its first major story about the Romney plan, the nation’s newspaper of record, The New York Times, did just that on Tuesday.
It was no small task. The Continue Reading »
In recent posts on The Quick and The Ed, Education Sector staff members have discussed the downsides of Romney’s recently announced school choice plan. Policy Analyst Anne Hyslop argued that with school choice, a student’s educational opportunities will depend on the engagement and capabilities of the parent, as well as the luck of the lottery. Under Romney’s plan, students with unengaged or Continue Reading »